Amasra – Bartın – Turkey

GPS : 41°44’46.1″N 32°23’49.8″E / 41.746153, 32.397179

Amasra Lighthouse
GPS : 41°45’10.8″N 32°23’00.3″E / 41.752994, 32.383429
Focal Plane : 77 m ( 253 ft ), Tower Height : 3.5 m ( 10 ft )
Character : WFL.10.0 Second (white flash every 10 second), Flashing Character : 1.0+9.0
Visibility Range : 20 nautical miles

Vhf Channel : 73 / 16
Call Sign : ” amasra marina ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°44’51.2″N 32°23’53.4″E / 41.747569, 32.398167
Focal Plane : 14 m ( 46 ft ), Tower Height : 10 m ( 33 ft )
Character : G.FL.6.0 Second (red flash every 6 second), Flashing Character : 1.0+5.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°44’43.2″N 32°23’44.7″E / 41.745333, 32.395758
Focal Plane : 12 m ( 46 ft ), Tower Height : 6 m ( 33 ft )
Character : R.FL.6.0 Second (red flash every 6 second), Flashing Character : 1.0+5.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

Amasra is a small Black Sea port town in the Bartın Province. The town is today much appreciated for its beaches and natural setting, which has made tourism the most important activity for its inhabitants. Amasra has two islands : the bigger one is called Büyük ada (Great Island) while the smaller one is called Tavşan adası (Rabbit Island).

For centuries there have been two bays and two islands that have welcomed mariners from across the seas. Amasra is a pretty little town off by itself, set on a fortified promontory jutting northward into the Black Sea.

Amasra is mostly a fishing town. The townspeople for centuries have always loved the sea and fish and the town has been a favored port in the stormy Black Sea. The fishermen, yacht sailors, several boats have remained at port awaiting the end of the storm and during the severe winter months the houses of Amasra have harbored fishermen for whole six-month seasons as they awaited the coming of spring.

Situated on a peninsula and the island joined to it by an Isthmus, Amasra’s geographical features are not readily apparent to first-time visitors. On one side of the peninsula is the Little Harbor and on the other the Big Harbor, a port sheltered by a breakwater that protects it from the Black Sea’s destructive waves. The promontory at the tip of the peninsula is encircled by high Genoese-period defense walls, whose walls are laced with marble fragments left from previous civilizations.


The harbor of Amasra is large. It is better to anchor off-shore inside the harbor rather then to dock near the fishing boats that usually have an unpleasant odor. Also, the area where one can dock has strong illumination and it would not be too comfortable at night.

Anchor in 6 m with plenty of scope. The harbour is reasonably well protected from swell though at times there can be an annoying rolling due to some swell entering. The water in the harbor is murky, and there can be fierce gusts from the south. The bottom is covered with weed and the holding is not always very good and you may have to try several times.

Approach & Entrance
The headland to the N of the town is prominent.

Berths & Moorings
Alongside or stern to in the NW corner of the harbour. Or anchor out in the SW corner.

Formalities : Harbourmaster
Drinkable Water
Technical Services

Administration : Harbourmaster

Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Reparing & Maintenance Workshops : City center
Technical Equipment Shops : City center
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Rental Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Health : Hospital, Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Hair dresser
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Beach : Good sandy beach with clear water.

Several restaurants in the town. It is also a fisherman district and has several good fish restaurants with local produce. The multi varied and delicious Bartın meals are majorly composed of meals with meat, vegetable, milk, pastry and meals cooked with olive oil. These meals are accompanied with pilaf, soup and desert varieties, fish and salad in Amasra.

They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Most provisions can be obtained. You can purchase a hand carved wood souvenir on Çekiciler street. You can purchase hand-carved wood souvenirs on Çekiciler Street. Check of the toy helicopters fashioned from nutshells, the ships from seashells, and other curiosities from fish bones. Local craftsmen produce a “wish table” in the shape of a heart with a turtle model.

The hand weaved products, especially the string pleated hand – painted kerchiefs and wooden pressed inscriptions are famous among the country. The district of Amasra had advanced in the field of wooden and woven souvenirs.


Amasra Castle
Amasra Castle was built during the Roman period. The walls of the castle were built by the Byzantines. The front walls and gates were built by the Genoese in the 14th and 15th centuries. Though located on a narrow peninsula, a tunnel under the castle leads to a fresh water pool.

Church Mosque
Built as a Byzantine church in the 9th century AD. The church is a small chapel and its narthex section consists of three parts. After Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered Amasra in 1460, it was converted to a mosque. The church mosque was closed to prayer in 1930.

Bird’s Rock Road Monument
Bird’s Rock Road Monument was created between 41-54 AD by order of Bithynia et Pontus Governor Gaius Julius Aquila. It was a resting place and monument. At the time when Claudius was Rome’s Emperor, Aguila was the commander of the building army in the eastern provinces. It is located a little outside Amasra on the road in, it is easily accessed by steps leading from the roadside.

Minibus : Amasra – Tarlaağzı, Ahatlar
Bus : Amasra – Bartın, Safranbolu, Karabük
Airport : Bartın – Çaycuma Airport, Kastamonu Airport, Zonguldak Airport, Sinop Airport, Samsun Airport

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Amasra, Bartın Province, Turkey

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