Sinop is a city in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

Sinop's main shopping street

Sinop is a charming Black Sea port town with excellent views. You can easily spend a day here wandering around the town, restaurants and sea front, although you could also easily see everything in half a day.


Sinop is a resort town on Black Sea. It's the most popular holiday spot for Turkish students. During summertime, the resort is very crowded and full of young men and ladies.

Get inEdit

There is a daily Turkish Airlines morning flight to Istanbul (IST) Airport.

  • 1 Sinop Airport.    

Long-distance buses is also an popular alternative for reaching Sinop. There are connections from most major cities in Turkey, especially during summer.

  • 2 Sinop bus station (Sinop Otogarı).

Get aroundEdit

Map of Sinop

Sinop is easily navigable by foot. Parking is likely to be difficult in the summer.

View of Sinop Harbor


Sinop has impressive fortifications running through much of the town. The walls stand at 3 m thick and up to 30 m high, with 7 large towers.

  • 1 Statue of Diogenes. The Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinop (a.k.a. Diogenes the Cynic) holds a lamp, supposedly looking for an honest man, and is followed by a dog - he admired canine honesty.
  • 2 Sinop Archaeological Museum.    



Grilled fish at one of the small restaurants.


Get up early and visit one of the local bakeries for a fresh loaf of Ekmek (a sourdough bread). Served hot and sometimes with butter and honey - It is a treat for the taste buds. A warm cup of tea goes well with this treat.

There is a large number of informal open-air cafes along the harbor serving deliciously fresh fish.


One of the fortified towers has turned into a cafe/bar, and is a great place to get a drink. It also has a good night scene. The Mavi Esinti Cafe is on the seafront and has a free Wifi connection.

  • 1 Kale Burç Cafe Bar, Bülent Ecevit Caddesi (on top of Sinop Tower ( the First Tower from the sea )). The best bar in Sinop with live shows.


Early booking is highly recommended if you travel in summer season.

  • [formerly dead link] Yilmaz Aile Pansiyonu, Kurtulus Caddesi, close to the port. A budget place - 20 TL for a basic double (summer 2005), shared bathroom, reasonably clean. In August 2012: the price is 30 TL for a basic double room. Bathroom and toilet are smelly. The general cleaning is not enought. No wifi.

Go nextEdit

A direct bus leaves Sinop at 20:00, and arrives in Trabzon at 06:00, and continues on to Rize.

Routes through Sinop
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