During our two day stay in Amasra, one of the locals advised us to drive to Kurucasile for lunch. It is another small town (much smaller than Amasra). It is 50-60 km away from Amasra center but the road is not nice. It takes more than an hour to reach there but the scenery is worth it. You can enjoy the wonderful view of the Black Sea, stop on the way to pick up some blackberries (if the season is correct) and also stop in a coffeehouse to drink sth. I don't need to tell you which coffeehouse it is as there is only one on the way and you cannot miss it.
Kurucasile is a quiet town. There are a few restaurants where you can have fresh fish. In summer time, if you feel like getting far from the madding crowd of Amasra, it is the place to go. But be careful when driving and do not speed up: The roads are narrow, you have to turn many times and you can suddenly see a cow or a mule or a donkey in the middle of the road.
If you are a Turkish traveller in Amasra, Cakraz wouldn't be off the beaten path for you but if you are a foreigner, it may be. Cakraz is the place with a long sandy beach, crowded by families during spring time and a relatively less busier and noisier place than Amasra center. When we were in Amasra, Cakraz was the location we preferred to stay at. As long as the wind is friendly, the beach is a lovely place to lie down, read your book/magazine and go for a swim whenever you feel like. There are many motels and pensions, known to be a budget place for families.
After a lovely dinner of grilled fish, local salad, and Efes (again!), I strolled around the beach area searching for a spot to enjoy cay (tea) and scribble a few notes. My wandering mind got interrupted by a merhaba (hello) from a group of Bartin-based university students enjoying the weekend prior to their final examinations. After the pleasantries and the "where are you froms," free-wheeling discussion ensued, on almost every conceivable topic - Islam, Turkish politics, local music scene, life in Turkey, life in Philippines, and football, of course. Well, the free-wheeling discussion wasn't exactly free-flowing since their English is quite limited and my Turkish was worse than atrocious. But these did not prevent us from having an interesting discussion that lasted for hours.
But what really moved me were the students' kindness and generosity despite their relatively (euphemism here) impoverished state. One of them had to sacrifice his bottle of beer for me, despite my vigorous protestations that I just had one for dinner. For dinner, they bought ekmek (bread), tomatoes, and a small can of tuna - all to be shared by about 8 of us. They firmly refused to accept any of my ''contribution" for more bread and tuna, telling me that I am their guest (they even invited me to come with them to Bartin to meet their classmates and friends, but I had other plans). I didn't know how to respond really, except to enjoy the evening with them, and to thank them profusely for their hospitality before I headed back to my pansiyon.
It was one of the best meals I had in Turkey.
Although Amasra is a resort town, the beaches aren't that great...and all the guidebooks say they are polluted. Whether polluted or not, they are very crowded, so it is well worth taking a dolmus to nearby Bozkoy, one of the few accesible stretches of beach on the Black Sea coast which lies out of sight of the coastal highway. The sand is white, the sea is clear (but amazingly cold!) and there are great waves too....behind the beach are a couple of ramshackel cafes and a few tents, but other than that it is just a forested hillside. It is about 14 kilometres from Amasra...a bit too far to walk, especially in the heat, and there are frequent dolmuslar from Amasra heading towards Cide ('Jideh')...to get back, hitching is the only way...but it isn't much of a problem, as there always seems to be a dolmus heading where you want to go, and they'll make room for you, even if it seems they are full!
If you continue to go on the coast after Amasra , you can reach to this lovely small town. You may also see boats, yachts on the construction .
There is a special road fro "Bartin limani" From the top you may see the port, the river and submarines if you are lucky.
You may also go thru to inkumu from Bartin. Beach is better there but don't forget, Blacksea is dangerous for swimming, don't go far...