Day 30: Şebinkarahisar

Amasya to Sebinkarahisar

From Amasya we drove to Sebinkarashisar. Sebinkarahisar town was one of two convenient “night stops” for us as we made our way to Sumela Monastery.  Amasya to Sumela Monastery directly was about a 7.5 hours drive, but our road trip “motto” was not to drive over 3 to 4 hours a day. This limit was set so that we could “smell the roses” on our road trip, not to overtired ourselves, gave us the pleasure to enjoy tea/coffee in local environment at anywhere that caught our fancy, overall we wanted a “relaxing” time as we travelled.

Onroute to Sebinkarashisar we stopped at a petrol station to fill up petrol. This petrol station had a set of table and chairs outside the station office with a turkish teapot on a burner. The petrol kiosk owner made sure that all his customers sat down and enjoy a free cup of tea! He was so “sweet”!

Free Tea a Petrol Station!

Free Tea a Petrol Station!

The drive to Sebinkarahisar town was very scenic. The hills were constantly changing colors and shapes. We saw yellow mountains, brown ones and green ones too. Some mountains were a series of cone shape hills in several rows while others were continuous ranges. All these fascinating landscapes could be seen directly on the road as our car speeded on.

Hills, Mountains of different colors and shapes

Hills, Mountains of different colors and shapes

Çağlayan Köyü Şelalesi

Just before reaching Sebinkarahisar town we made a detour to visit a waterfall, Caglayan Koyu Selalesi. The waterfall was shown clearly on the google map but upon our arrival to a point of the road that had the shortest distance to the fall, we found that there was no walking path to the fall. We could not even see the waterfall as the road was in a town on a hill that was above the top of the fall.

We drove around looking for another alternative way to get to the waterfall. On some parts of the road we could see the waterfall in a distance away, so based on the direction of the water we searched for roads that could bring us nearer.  We found a unpaved road that lead inland,  we drove as far in as we could until we reached some kind of a “factory”, from there we parked out car by the road side and trekked to the waterfall.

Trekking to the waterfall

Trekking to the waterfall

We had to trek to the waterfall because the later section of the unpaved road was too undulating and muddy and seemed unpassable to our car.  We trekked about 1 to 2 km to the fall. The waterfall was magnificient. It had a cave behind it. We slowly made our way to the cave and had fun taking lots and lots of photos!  

Caglayan Koyu Selalesi

Caglayan Koyu Selalesi

Sebinkarahisar

From the waterfall to Sebinkarahisar was only 15 km and a 20 minutes drive. It was the small town a convenient stop for our night. Interestingly this town also had a fortress on top of a hill in its backyard. The town also featured some very weird spiky mountain formation in a distance.

Şebinkarahisa town

Şebinkarahisa town

Though Şebinkarahisar was a small town, it was quite modern, orderly and clean. We went to its town square to have our dinner. Yummy. Dinner cost justed 275tlr for two.

Dinner at town square of Şebinkarahisa town

Dinner at town square of Şebinkarahisa town

Our Stay in Şebinkarahisar

We stayed in Hancilar Otel which was the only hotel we could find in booking.com. In fact Hancilar Otel  was the only hotel in the vicinity where booking.com was concerned. We were so used to booking our hotel from one platform to reduce complication so did not search for hotels on other platforms.

The hotel turned out so much better than our expection. Our Standard Double Suite had a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen with washing machine. The suites was large, clean and comfortable.  The cost of the suite including breakfast for one night was Eur48.

Our studio in Hancilar Otel

Our studio in Hancilar Otel

The next morning we had breakfast in a dining room on the upper floor. The hotel served standard Turkish breakfast. While eating we caught the attention of a retired Turkish journalist who was so curious to see two Asian faces in a distant/isolate Turkish town. He did not speak English so he called his daughter on his mobile and got her to translate our conversation. He even invited us to visit his town!

Breakfast at Hancilar Otel

Breakfast at Hancilar Otel

Other Accommodations in Şebinkarahisar

 

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