The village of Kasaba, which is 25 km away from Kastamonu hosts Mahmutbey Mosque, which is the one and only wooden mosque of the world. It was built in 1366 and pretty well-preserved. The original gate of the mosque was stolen in 1970s but later it was found and now is exhibited in Kastamonu Museum. The gate you would see at the mosque today is just a replication.
It is estimated that these ruins are those of the Frigians from 7th B.C. I found them a bit scary especially after learning that some of the graves were built in the houses to show further respect to the dead. Some archeologists also claim that the graves were meant to be used as an open-air worshipping zone.
The rock graves are in southern Kastamonu.
Kastamonu hosts an annual kite festival near the city airport.
It's fun to watch hundreds of kites taking off.
Takes place around June and attracts locals and tourists alike.There are several kite-flying categories in which you can enter.
Lake Kirkpinar , without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Mount ilgaz national park, so don't miss the chance to pay a visit there.
Lake Kirkpinar is a tranquil lake surrounded by high fells. It is a great place to be on a summers day to just sit and relax or if you are brave enough-to swim in the cold Lake water.
This is the highest point (2587m) in western blacksea region. If you are with a 4x4 vehicle, drive through the national park all the way upto the summit. Enjoy the magnificent view...