Enez – Edirne – Turkey

GPS : 40°41’56.2″N 26°03’01.1″E / 40.698949, 26.050312

VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” enez harbour ”

Outer Breakwater (East) Lighthouse
GPS : 40°41’56.5″N 26°02’56.0″E / 40.699023, 26.048887
Focal Plane : 6 mt, Tower Height : 5 mt
Character : G Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1,0 + 4,0
Visibility Range : 7 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater (North) Lighthouse
GPS : 40°41’53.5″N 26°03’04.5″E / 40.698187, 26.051241
Focal Plane : 6 mt, Tower Height : 0 mt
Character : R.FI.5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1,0 + 4,0
Visibility Range : 7 nautical miles

Shelter Pier Lighthouse
GPS : 40°41’47.7″N 26°03’10.3″E / 40.696575, 26.052860
Focal Plane : 6 mt, Tower Height : 0 mt
Character : R.Fix
Visibility Range : 2 nautical miles

Enez is a district of Edirne Province, Turkey, as well as the name of the center-town of the district. Its ancient name was Ainos. The town of Enez is located on the southern shore of the river Meriç, where its estuary broadens to meet the Aegean Sea in the Gulf of Saros. Enez occupies a ridge of rock surrounded by broad marshes. Its festivals and clear beaches make it famous.

Enez today is a sleepy provincial town which sees some sort of liveliness only June through August, when people from surrounding towns and cities move in for the summer to their holiday homes in the conglomeration of two-storey buildings on the plains behind the beach, 5 km south of Enez, and actually several times larger and more populous than the town proper itself.

Sights in the town can be done as in little time as half a day, even if you pay a very detailed attention. The main draw is actually the long, sandy beach and the crystal clear sea, spared from all kinds of pollution.


Capacity : 500 boats

Outer Breakwater : 845 m
Inner Breakwater : 270 m

Inland Water : 8.000 m2

Inland Depth : max. 6 m

Drinkable Water
Fuel Station
Administration Office
Fish Market
Net Repairing Area

Administration : Harbourmaster, Enez Fishery Products Cooperative

Shopping : Markets, Shops, Stores
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Pensions
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Health : Health Center, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses
Hair dresser
Beach : Enez Beach
Entertainment : Tea Gardens
Scuba diving : Sultaniçe, Erikli, Mecidiye, Sazlıdere and Adilhan
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops

The town centre is 4-5 km away from the beach, where there are accommodation facilities and lots of summer houses. There is a minibus connection once every two hours between the town centre and the beach. You can also hitchhike on that road very easily. Check out the narrow and curvy bridge which has no barriers on the road to beach. Swim in the crystal blue sea. However, be careful as it gets deep very quickly as you move away from the coastline.

Go birdwatching in Meriç delta and nearby lakes (for example Lake Gala).

Other towns and villages located along the northern shore of Saros Bay, namely Sultaniçe, Erikli, Mecidiye, Sazlıdere and Adilhan. This region is also popular with scuba divers as Saros Bay is one of the cleanest and liveliest (in terms of marine ecology) bodies of water in Turkey.

The mosquito population of Enez is exceptionally large, largely due to its location near the swamps created by Maritsa delta. Their bites are also exceptionally painful, so don’t forget to pack a repellent, screen, and anything else that will keep mosquitoes away from you.

Also beware of sea urchins, which are relatively common in the area, when swimming.

The town’s location on both seashore and the banks of a major river, it is possible year-round to buy and eat both saltwater and freshwater fish cheaply. They are clean and have pleasant services. Fishes available due to seasons.


In 1355 Enez became a possession (under Gattilusi’s control) of the republic of Genoa. In 1456 the town was taken by the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II, along with the majority of Genoa’s other Aegean possessions. One of the last places in Eastern Thrace that the Ottoman Turks had taken control of, Enez, or Ainos as it was called then, was captured by Ottomans a full three years after the fall of Constantinople, in 1456, from the Genoese who ruled the town since 1355 as one of their trading posts along the Aegean and Black Sea coasts.


Castle, which has a Byzantine chapel on its grounds, is situated right next to the banks of Meriç river at the town centre.

Today Enez castle is by far the most significant monument in town. Inside it stands a wonderful building that deserves to be far better known, a vast Byzantine basilica dedicated to Hagia Sophia (Divine Wisdom) and dating back to the sixth century. In its heyday it must have made a stupendous sight with its soaring dome and tall apse; the dome has long since caved in, but the apse survives, albeit propped up with scaffolding lest it succumb to a similar fate.

After the Ottoman takeover, the church was converted into a mosque, and the mihrab inserted into the south aisle still survives intact, along with much of the painted decoration that was added to the walls. A delightful narthex with seven arches looks straight out from the church to the sea. Anywhere else this would be a major historic monument, but in Turkey, which is almost too richly endowed with monuments, it goes virtually uncommented.

On its own, the basilica would be enough to justify a visit to the castle, but elsewhere in the grounds, excavations have also uncovered the remains of a small chapel dedicated to St. Gregory of Neocaesarea (Niksar) that dates back to the sixth century and boasts especially beautiful mosaic flooring. Nearby ongoing excavations have revealed how later buildings inside the castle were erected right over rock-cut storage depots.

Much of the outside wall of the castle survives intact, and from the ramparts, you can gaze out over a line of outer fortifications to the sea. It’s well worth strolling around the walls to examine the beautiful brickwork (thankfully so far only “restored” near the main gate). Eventually you will come to a large detached tower which served for a while as the local mint (darphane). Another tower, called the Çan Kulesi (Bell Tower), has been pleasingly restored to serve as someone’s home.

The other specific sight in this part of town is what is described as the Has Yunus Bey türbesi but which started life as a tiny 14th century chapel. Cross-shaped, with a central dome and a shallow apse, it looks exactly like the chapels to be seen all over Greece and is a poignant reminder of the harsh way in which land borders slice across the more gentle natural meeting and merging of different cultures. When Has Yunus Bey, the Ottoman leader who had captured Ainos, died in 1456 it was adapted to serve as his burial place. There’s a cluster of impressive Ottoman tombs adorned with stone turbans right by the door as if anybody who was anybody locally was jostling for the chance to be interred as close to him as possible.

Enez – Keşan 60 km, İpsala 40 km
Bus : Enez – Keşan, İstanbul, Edirne
Minibus : Enez – Keşan
Train : The nearest station is in Uzunköprü, about 80 km away.
Airport : Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (İstanbul), Atatürk International Airport (İstanbul)

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