Sinop, situated on the Black Sea coast, boasts one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the region. According to popular legend, the city was founded by colonists from Miletus in the 7th century BC, although there are also stories of an Amazon Queen named Sinova who is said to have founded the province and lived there. The birthplace of Diogenes and home to other notable figures, Sinop is a city steeped in history and mythology.
The citadel of Sinop dates back to early antiquity and is home to several fascinating sites. The Archaeological Museum, for example, contains the remaining foundations of the Temple of Serapis and boasts a collection of beautiful golden icons. Visitors can also explore the 12th century Alaeddin Mosque, Alayi Medresse (college), Balatlar Church, and an old prison that has been turned into a museum.
Just 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the city center lies Hamsilos Fjord, the only fjord in Turkey. Meanwhile, Inceburun, located 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Kocaeli's coast, is home to a lighthouse that offers stunning views of the Black Sea.
For those looking for a more relaxed experience, the nearby town of Gerze, situated on a peninsula 40 kilometers southeast of Sinop, provides access to beautiful beaches, meadows, restaurants, and parks. Camping enthusiasts can head to Camgölü, which offers camping in a large forest sloping down to the sea. Boyabat, the largest town in the area, is also worth a visit, with its rock tombs and ancient citadel among the many local ruins waiting to be explored.