Things to Know

Sinop is one of the most beautiful natural harbors on the Black Sea coast. There are many legends about the foundation of the city, but the most popular is that colonists from Miletus founded it in 7th century BC. Sinop is also famous as Diogenes birthplace and home to other notable figures. According to another legend, an Amazon Queen woman called Sinova who fought against warriors from Troy founded this province and lived here.


The location of the Sinop citadel dates back to early antiquity. The remaining foundations of the Temple of Serapis are located on the grounds of the Archaeological Museum, and some beautiful golden icons can be found in that building's exhibition hall. Self-guided traveling is made possible by viewing 12th century Alaeddin Mosque, Alayi Medresse (college), Balatlar Church, and old prison turned into museum.


Hamsilos Fjord, 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the city center, is the only fjord in Turkey. Inceburun is located 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of Kocaeli's coast and has a lighthouse with great views of the Blacksea.


Gerze, situated on a peninsula 40 kilometers southeast of Sinop, will provide access to fine beaches, meadows, restaurants and parks. Camgölü provides camping in a large forest sloping to the sea is also nearby. The largest town Boyabat has much to offer including rock tombs and an ancient citadel with many more local ruins scattered about.


Places to Visit in Sinop