Kastamonu Travel Guide

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Kastamonu Things to Do

  • Bird Watching...

    Mount Ilgaz National Park area is declared by WWF as an important bird area...If you are into Bird Watching I would suggest that you take your chance around Ilgaz Mountains..Big Price ? Golden Eagle...

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  • Martyr Serife Monument

    After the World War I and during the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1923), Kastamonu remained as one of the few cities of Anatolia that has not been invaded. However, during the independence war it is understood that it ranked as third in terms of martyrs. This monument was built for those from Kastamonu who died bravely for the independence of...

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  • Hükümet Konagi (Governor's House)

    It was built in 1902 as the house for that time's governor and it's been used for that purpose ever since. The important thing about the governor's house is the fact that it has never been restored since it was built.

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  • Nasrullah Meydani

    It is the avenue that centers Nasrullah Mosque and the nice fountain in front of it. It is filled with old market buildings, such as Asirefendi Hani and Ismail Bey Hani.It's one of the most active avenues of Kastamonu. You can see the pigeons, the old men waiting for the prayer time, locals shopping and chatting. It's the place where you can smell...

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  • Walk in the Streets, Watch the Houses

    Similar to the houses of a close-by town (Safranbolu), also in Kastamonu you can see several old Ottoman houses. More than 500 of the houses in the center are known to be of Ottoman era and some have been restored by the Governorship of Kastamonu.

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  • 40 Kiz Türbesi

    Known as the 40 Maidens Tomb, it is also dedicated to the daughter of Tekfur, Moni who gave her name to the city. (The details are on my Kastamonu homepage)

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  • Climb up to Kastamonu Castle

    After a steep 1 km climb up through the streets of the historic center of Kastamonu, you reach the castle, which was built on a rock. Parts of the castle were built during the Byzantine time but most of the remaining parts were built during Seljuk and Ottoman times. (Kastamonu became an Ottoman land in 1459 during the reign of Mehmet II, the...

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  • Natural Monument, Beldegirmeni Village -...

    Located in Bozkurt district, this tree is 800 years old. Its diameter is almost 2.5 meters.A traditional coffe house (kiraathane) is right under the tree. A must to see if you're around.Picture by Aykut Ince

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  • Sherife Baci Monument

    This monument is there in memory of a local hero, who died with her baby while carrying ammunition on the way to Ankara during the independence fight.

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  • Museum of Archeology

    In the museum there are works of art unearthed from Pompeipolis (Roman city-state), Kinik and other excavations areas around Kastamonu.

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  • Museum of ethnography

    The Museum is inside the 130 year old Liva Pasha Mansion close to the city center.Ground Floor: Samples of wood works, weaving, garments and weapons, print works, shoemaking, packsaddle and reins, rope making, copper work reflecting Kastamonu Handicrafts are displayed in rooms as products of various artizan groups Upper Floor: Is arranged as a...

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  • The Castle

    The imposing castle erected on the hill near the city centre watches over the town.The Kastamonu Castle is one of the major magnificent monuments of the province and it is assumed to be constructed in the Byzantine period.

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  • Clock Tower

    Clock tower is a part of the city tour.One of the main landmarks of the city, dating from the 1880s.

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  • 4th biggest cave in the world.. Ilgarini

    Located in Pinarbasi district, the cave can be reached by walking approximately 3 hours. The total length is 860 m. and depth is 250m. The cave has two parts: the horizontal part is fossil and the vertical part is active. Water cisterns and leftovers of houses from the Roman and Byzantium periods can be found at the entrance. Also you can find a...

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  • Magnificent old mansions of Kastamonu

    These magnificent old mansions which had sunk into silent neglect are now being reawakened by an ambitious restoration project initiated by the city's governor, Enis Yeter. As each one is restored to its former dignity, their melancholy mood is replaced by joy...

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Kastamonu Restaurants

  • Local meals served in an old mansion...

    You can reach there by 3 min. walking from the city center.. You are eating on a courtyard with trees growing over your head.here you can taste some local meals like, banduma, etli ekmek, eriste, etc.

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  • Pastirma

    Pastirma The Turkish horsemen of Central Asia used to preserve meat by placing slabs of it in pockets on the sides of their saddles, where it would be pressed by their legs as they rode. This pressed meat was the forerunner of today’s pastirma, a term which literally means being pressed in Turkish, and is the origin of the Italian pastrami. Good...

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  • Don't Miss The Biryan Kebap

    Biryan kebap is famous dish with meat of lamb cooked in a special pits.Here you can taste this local speciality.Bon apettit...

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Kastamonu Transportation

  • Flying to Kastamonu

    Kastamonu Uzunyazi Airport ( IATA: KFS, ICAO: LTAL ) opened on 05-Jul-2013.Currently, Turkish Airlines (THY) is flying daily form Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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  • Kastamonu by bus

    You can reach Kastamonu from all major cities of Turkey. Kastamonu bus terminal is near the city center, where you can also take buses to other locations, or nearby town and cities.. Kastamonu is 530 km from Istanbul and 240 km from Ankara.. Some major bus companies are Ozlem, Huzur & Unal.Bus Companies Phone Numbers (all these companies have their...

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Kastamonu Shopping

  • Local Handicraft of Kastamonu

    Münire Medresesi was built in 1746. Today the entrance serves as a local bazaar where wvarious shops sell loacl handicrafts. Buy whatever you like but:- smell the spices- hear the sounds coming from the local copper craftsman's shops- see the patience of local girls weaving- touch the old wooden stuff

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  • Souvenir shopping in Kastamonu

    In Munire Medresesi you will find many souvenir shops that sell local crafts.You can also find every imaginable kind of spices and teas.As you walk around this historical place, you will feel that you have been transported back to the Middle Ages.It's also good for a coffee break.

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  • Handmade rugs of Kure

    The beauty of these handmade floor coverings is undeniable. Their designs, whether elaborate or simple, based on geometric, botanic and even animal motifs, are varied enough to suit any decorating style.

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Kastamonu Local Customs

  • by gezgin37 Written May 12, 2005

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    When you are in Kastamonu or anywhere in Turkey, you will see many times (if not always) you will be offered something to drink such as tea, Turkish coffee or apple tea.. This is just a sign of hospitality. It does not mean that you have to buy something or that you absolutely have to talk to them. It is just a way of welcoming you. Enjoy your drink..

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Kastamonu Off The Beaten Path

  • See the One and Only Wooden Mosque of...

    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...

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  • The Rock Graves

    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...

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  • Kastamonu Kite Festival

    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.

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Kastamonu Sports & Outdoors

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    Mount Ilgaz - Kastamonu

    by leylek Updated May 4, 2005

    During summertime, Mount Ilgaz is good for hiking.
    Beautiful hike, spectacular views...
    This picture is from the summit..

    Equipment: Good hiking shoes, walking stick. a camera, snacks, water and cold weather clothes.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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Kastamonu Favorites

  • Kastamonu Kuyu Kebap

    In Turkey you can taste various types of kebap depending on where you are and it is crucial to which kebap to eat and where. If you are in Kastamonu, you should go for "Kuyu Kebap (Büryan Kebap)". It is made uf lamb. The lambs are held on hooks and the meat is cooked in wells. (Basically "kuyu" means "well" in English). It has such a delicious...

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  • ýlgaz mountains & cide beaches

    if you have never been to kastamonu first you will visit historical places, than in winter you skie in Ilgaz mountains, in summer you travel cide , you will swim blue waters. you will eat etli ekmek, turkish ayran, some vegetable foods.....drink water in Hazreti Pir Mosque

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