Things to Know

Kastamonu, once an Ottoman city in Anatolia, is known for its forests and medieval Byzantine castles. One of the oldest mosques in Kastamonu is Atabey which date back to 12th century; there are also other lovely buildings including Mahmut Bey Mosque with exquisite wood carvings from 15th century.

The Ilgaz National Park is a 39-mile drive from Kastamonu. It has splendid facilities for winter sports, with skiing and ski accommodations, and the landscape is awe inspiring. The park offers various other activities including hiking, mountain biking and cycling; there are also Ilgarini Caves near Cide village, Alinca Underground Cave at Kure village, as well as the International Equestrian Tourism Center in Daday to explore.

Inebolu is typical of Black Sea towns -- with architecture exhibiting fine examples of traditional Turkish style amid abundant greenery. To the east are other popular tourist destinations, Abana and Cide.

Places to Visit in Kastamonu