Sinop Port is the Turkish port geographically closest to Russia. The city has a long history that includes the Amazons, Milesians, Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. The Sinop port of call is close to area attractions, and it's easy to walk to most everything. Taxis are an economic way to get around locally, and fares are regulated. A form of public transportation called a dolmus is also in use. A dolmus is a minivan or other large vehicle that leaves for its destination once it fills up. Drivers will let passengers off at stops along the way.
Women in the city make high-quality cotton clothing. Nautical-themed wood carvings are popular as gift items. Handmade sandals, carpets, crystal, jewelry, copper items, and ceramics are also very popular. Weekly craft and produce markets are hosted by the resorts in the area. Trying to negotiate lower prices is a common practice. Turkish liras are used for purchases. ATM machines are fairly easily found, and some larger shops will take foreign currency.
Things to See
Sinop is in the Black Sea region, a popular destination for tourists. There is one town beach within easy walking distance, although the bigger beaches are a taxi or dolmus ride away.
The city is on an isthmus, and heavily forested mountains separate the Sinop region from the Anatolian Plateau. A large wall that has sections 2500 years old surrounds the city. 7 towers are interspersed along the wall. The wall and its towers are what remain of a castle originally dating back to the 8th century B.C.E. A few places along the wall can be climbed, which allows a good photo opportunity. Sinop is compact enough to allow you to see everything in half a day.
A mosque, Alâeddin Cami, still stands that was built in the 13th century. The adjacent religious school built around the same time has gardens and a tomb. The Sinop Museum has archeological artifacts spanning thousands of years, and the museum itself is housed in an attractive white stone building. Ancient manuscripts and Byzantine icons are of particular interest.
Turkish bath houses have stood in this city since ancient times. The architecture reflects that influences of the various peoples that have lived in the area. The ruins of a prison in use until the 1970's draw attention, as a Turkish poet was once imprisoned here and wrote of his captivity.
Restaurants and Bars
The area offers enough fresh produce to enhance any meals. Fresh sourdough breads are sold by bakeries. Vegetables stuffed with various cheeses and other ingredients, as well as grilled fish and kebabs, are favorites with visitors to the area. Raki is a popular alcoholic beverage, flavored with anise.
Diyarbakir Lokantasi offers a number of fresh kebab dishes and Turkish salads. One of the towers along the wall serves as a restaurant with a bar, and this has become a favorite spot for nightclubbing. Live Turkish music is played nightly.