Kastamonu, located in the Black Sea region of Turkey, is a city which has an area of 13.108 kilometers. According to the census in 2016, Kastamonu’s population is almost 380 thousand. Kastamonu has 20 districts in the ball. Kastamonu is the second province with the highest number of villages, with 1058 villages connected to these districts. Kastamonu, which has a coast to the Black Sea, has 170 kilometers of coastline. There is a port in Inebolu where small tonnage ships can take and unload cargo. Apart from this, there are small ports in Cide, Abana and Çatalzeytin districts. In addition to the seaway, transportation is provided by road and airline.
Kastamonu, which is a cultural city and a city of important civilizations dating back thousands of years, is one of the archaeologically rich cities with its rich history. Kastamonu has 7000 years of known history. The city’s traceable history begins with the Hittites. Respectively, in the city where the Phrygia and the Lydians ruled, the Persians later became the ruler. Kastamonu is also one of the important centers of Anatolian Turkish-Islamic culture. Kastamonu remained under Ottoman rule from 1461 to 1922. Kastamonu remained under the Bolu Province for a long time and was governed by the Bolu Sanjak. It was turned into a State center by Suleiman the Magnificent.
Kastamonu is becoming a place open to tourism with its history and nature. Kastamonu is a center for ecological tourism with Küre mountains and Ilgaz mountains. Ilgaz Mountain National Park and Ski Resort in Kastamonu Turkey, which has become one of the notable addresses of winter tourism, welcomes its many ski enthusiasts every year in the winter months. This region offers fascinating views, not only in winter, but at any time of the year.
Kastamonu, which is a coastal city, is also famous for its beaches and Ilıca waterfall. At the point where it meets with Devrekani Stream and Kanlıçay, there is Valla Canyon. This canyon is several kilometers long canyon is the most difficult to cross in Turkey. It has a wild beauty and perhaps it is the one of the things that makes this canyon attractive. On its steep cliffs, there are also vultures, eagles, hawks and several wild animals.
Kastamonu is also an important stop for cultural tourism with the Archeology Museum and Ethnography Museum and its archeologically rich lands. Some of the historical places to visit are Kastamonu Castle, Pompeiopolis Ancient City and Kastamonu Clock Tower.
Kastamonu, which is a well-known place in terms of religious tourism, is host to Islamic values. Kastamonu, also called the city of awliya, is home to many important sacred places. Places such as Nasrullah Mosque, Şehinşah Rock Tomb, İsmail Bey Complex, Yakub Ağa Complex, Atabey Gazi Mosque and Home Rock Tombs are among the places that are visited in terms of religious tourism.
Inebolu, especially, is one of the places that attracts a lot of architectural attention. Houses and mansions famous for their architectural structure attract the attention of tourists.
Kastamonu has remained famous for its garlic and Inebolu houses and it is a must-be-seen place in Turkey.