Day 28, 29: Amasya

Kastamonu to osmancik Amasya

Kastamonu to Amasya was about 3+ hours, we did a stop midway at Osmancik for a fast teabreak.

Route for Kastamonu to Amasya

Route for Kastamonu to Amasya

We stopped at the “bridge” Osmancik and came down for a look. The bridge was Koyunbaba Bridge a stone arch brick crossing Kizilirmak River. It was the longest stone arch bridge built in Anatolia during Ottoman rule around the year 1489.

The centuries old bridge looked new as it had went through several rounds of restoration through the years. We searched around the place near the bridge but did not find a nice cafe for coffee! So had to proceed towards Amasya with no tea/coffee.

Koyunbaba Bridge

Koyunbaba Bridge

Amasya

We reached Amasya in the early afternoon and foundthat it was a vibrant, touristy town. It had a “modern people in a historical town” ambience. The road by the river was “car-packed”, luckily we were able to find a parking space (paid).

Ottoman Period Wooden House by the Yeşilırmak River

Ottoman Period Wooden House by the Yeşilırmak River

In the ancient time, Amasya was a fortified city high on the cliffs above Yeşilırmak River. It had a long history as the wealthy provincial capital producing kings and prices, artists, scientist, poets and thinkers.

In the valley besides the river stood till today many Ottoman-period wooden houses and on the cliffs overhead were tombs of Pontus Kings carved into the rock.

By the Yeşilırmak River

By the Yeşilırmak River

On our first day in Amasya we had our coffee break at Arabcia Coffee house. From there we had a nice view of the Rock tombs and the castle on the top of the cliff flying the turkey flag. We couldn’t wait for the next day to come for our hike up to the tombs!

Coffee break in the valley of Amasya with a view

Coffee break in the valley of Amasya with a view

When the night fell, the lights came up and the entire valley took on a magical look. It was an awesome sight to see the lighted houses, lighted tombs and lighted castle on top of the cliff.

Magical looking Amasya

Magical looking Amasya

The next day we were on our way up to visit the tombs. The entry tickets was 25tlr per person. The air was cool and great for an uphill hike. 

Going up to the Rock Tombs of the Pontus Kings

Going up to the Rock Tombs of the Pontus Kings

On the way up to the rock tombs we were treated with a beautiful top view of the valley. Who would have thought of this “bonus” sight.

Amasya

Amasya

This was the third time we visited rock tombs of kings on our trip. The tombs in Amasya were more simple in terms of its facade design. But they were neverthless as gigantic. The tomb builders were absolutely amazing.

Tombs of kings of Pontus

Tombs of kings of Pontus

After the hike to the King Tombs, we had two options for the next visit destination. We could either drive uphill to the castle that was on top of the cliff above the rock tombs. Or we could drive to cafe “Ali Kaya” which was on the cliff facing the rock tombs on the opposite of the river.

 

 

Cafe on top of the cliff

Cafe on top of the cliff

We chose the cafe! and drove up to “Ali Kaya”. The cafe had huge windows that offered the most fantastic view of the Amasya town. It was definitely a good decision to be at the cafe, we had a wonderful coffee break with a lovely view!

Coffee Break at Ali Kaya Cafe

Coffee Break at Ali Kaya Cafe

From the cafe we saw the town, the river, the tombs and the castle. Absolutely stunning and mesmerising!

View form Ali Kaya Cafe

View form Ali Kaya Cafe

Though Amasya town was full of Ottoman-Period wooden houses all these houses were well maintained. They were turned into hotels, restaurant, cafes and shops for tourist. It was pretty pleasant strolling the streets on both side of the river.

When dinner time came, we went into an “award winning” restaurant and ordered  its “award winning” dish. On the dish were “puff” looking little pies. Unfortunately after tasting it we found it had more doughy than anything else. We did not really like them, not our “cup of tea”, so sad….

An award winning restaurant in Amasya

An award winning restaurant in Amasya

After dinner we went to Cafe On for coffee and tea again. We did not actually need another round of coffee/tea for the day but we felt that Cafe On was a must-go place. The attraction of the cafe was its roses that was in full bloom!

Late tea and coffee at Cafe ON

Late tea and coffee at Cafe ON

Our stay in Amasya

Our stay was Bayezid Hans Konak, a hotel in a lovely Ottoman-Period Wooden house. It was beautifully furnished and room though was tight was lovely. The cost for our double room for two nights was Euro200 which included breakfast.

Breakfast the next day was in its lovely dining room. The breakfast was not as sumptuous as the room!

Breakfast at Bayezik Han Konak

Breakfast at Bayezik Han Konak

Other Accommodation in Amasya

 

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