Kıyıköy, Vize – Kırklareli – Turkey

GPS : 41°37’51.6″N 28°06’07.4″E / 41.630998, 28.102048

Taşburun Lighthouse
GPS : 41°38’01.0″N 28°05’58.0″E / 41.633599, 28.099446
Focal Plane : 32 m, Tower Height : 8 m
Character : W. Fl. 10.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0+9.07
Visibility Range : 12 nautical miles

VHF Channel : 16 / 73
Call Sign : ” kiyikoy harbour ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°37’53.0″N 28°06’09.2″E / 41.631403, 28.102568
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : G. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0+4.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 41°37’50.8″N 28°06’04.8″E / 41.630788, 28.101320
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 4 m
Character : R. Fl. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0+4.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Kıyıköy is a town of the district of Vize in Kırklareli. It is on the coast of the Black Sea. The town and its walls date from the Byzantine period. There is St. Nicholas Rock Monastery that should be seen in the Kıyıköy. Kıyıköy is identified with Salmydessus, where in Greek mythology the Argonauts rescued Phineus from the Harpies.

Kıyıköy, formerly Midye, ancient/medieval Medea is a town of the district of Vize in Kırklareli Province in northwestern Turkey. It is situated on the coast of the Black Sea. Fishing and forestry are the main ways of living in addition to tourism in the summer. The area surrounding the town is covered by dense forests of mainly oak. Kıyıköy is a fishing village about 2 hours from Istanbul on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey containing several beaches such as Municipal and Harbor Beaches.

Kıyıköy Cave, Aya Nikola Monastery, the Kıyıköy Castle and Kastro Bay Nature Preserve are nearby Kıyıköy is centered in nature with green and blue in every vista and makes for a needed respite far from the metropolitan noise and hassle of modern cities to a fishing vacation where you can calmly unwind and relax. Kıyıköy its proximity to Istanbul makes the historic ruins, beaches and nature of Kıyıköy indispensable to the residents of the city.

Known as Salmydessos and Medea in antiquity, Kıyıköy is now known as a Black Sea holiday resort that exhibits its past while offering the present day visitor great hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars in which they can relax. Fishing and forestry are the main ways of living in addition to tourism in the summer. The town has a small beach. The area surrounding the town is covered by dense forests of mainly oak. Two rivers, Kazandere and Pabuçdere, surround the town in the south and the north. They both flow into the Black Sea. These rivers are suitable for fishing, boating and swimming.

Kıyıköy Harbour lies on the coast of Thrace on the Black Sea. There is good all round shelter. The harbour is prone to silting and yachts are advised to try to determine the present situation before visiting.

Capacity : 300 boats

Outer Breakwater : 290 m
Inner Breakwater : 140 m

Approach & Entrance
The village to the N and terrain associated with the two rivers are conspicuous. The breakwater can be seen in the close approach. Care is needed when passing through the narrow entrance.

Stern / bow to the W quay.

Water : On the quay.
Diesel & Petrol : By arrangement with the harbourmaster.
Electricity : On the quay
Some repairs can be made.
Net Repairing Area

Administration : Kıyıköy Fishery Products Cooperative

Shopping : Supermarkets, Markets, Shops, Stores, Fish Market
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Rental Houses
Health : Health Center, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Historical Site : St. Nicholas Rock Monastery
Hair dresser
Entertainment : Discotheque, Tea Gardens
Beaches : Natural sandy beaches. Belediye, Liman, Selvez Koyu
Public Market : Saturday
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries


St. Nicholas’ Monastery is a Byzantine era Orthodox monastery, built during the time of Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565). It is situated about 800 m (2,600 ft) southwest of the town. The monastery consists of a chapel at the ground floor, cells for the monks and storerooms. In the basement, there is a holy well (hagiasma) (Turkish: ayazma). The monastery was constructed entirely by cutting into a massive rock.

It is known that the monastery was renovated in 1856 by Metropolitan bishop Matthaios, who built also a wooden annex in front of the monastery, which does not exist today. An inscription “St. Nikolas” in Greek alphabet letters is found engraved over the arched north entrance.

The monastery of St. Nicholas is one of the most important and interesting architectural buildings of the region. It was cut into the large rock mass in the IV. Century. The monastery was built in a prosperous time, under the sovereignty of the Byzantine Emperor Justinan (527 AD – 565 AD). It is one of the best examples of rock monasteries of the Byzantine period.

There is a church on the ground floor, and much below that a holy spring, and at the top rooms belonging to monks. There are also holes in steps created by carving. In the north, the holy spring of orthodox Greeks is reached going down the stairs. There is a second entrance in the east of the church. The front of the rock galleries was completed with a wooden part by Greeks in the 19th century.

The amazing Monastery of St Nicholas is cut into the rock, as are the churches in Cappadocia, but this rock is far more resistant. The interior is cool and damp. The rock surfaces are covered with algae. The only graffiti consists of the algae being scratched away to form letters that do not seem to damage the rock. The tunnels are intricate and extensive. The churches are identifiably Byzantine but not made from masonry and carved blocks – it’s all hewn into the rock itself.


Kıyıköy Fortress is a fortification, built in the Emperor Justinian I (reigned 527-565) times as well, surrounding almost the entire old town. From the examination of its mortar, it is understood that the fortress was renovated in the 9th and 10th centuries. The fortress is constructed on a hillside stretching to the coast between Pabuçdere in the north and Kazandere in the south. Its eastern part is completely ruined. The walls are built with cut stone and rubble masonry.

They are at some places 2.20 m (7.2 ft) thick and 2.50 m (8.2 ft) high. The walls around the second gate reach a height of 5 m (16 ft). At the second watchtower, which is not existing today, the walls rise to 6 m (20 ft). There is a 13 m (43 ft) wide defense moat stretching between the third and the sixth watchtowewr. A hidden gate is situated in the south of the southern walls connected to the fortress by a stairway of 180 steps. The Vize Gate was renovated in 1991 with stone, brick and plank.

Kıyıköy was once a walled city and long stretches of the Byzantine walls still survive; indeed, the main entrance to the town centre is via a gate in the walls as in İznik. The walls seem to date back to the sixth century but to have been extensively rebuilt in the 13th or 14th century.

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Minibus : Kıyıköy – Saray, Çerkesköy, Vize
Bus : Kıyıköy – Saray, Vize, Kırkareli
Airport : Çorlu Airport, Atatürk International Airport

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