Turkey, Black Sea Region, Amasya, cityscape with river Yesilirmak

Getty Images/Westend61


Amasya is a tale of two shores. On the north of the Yeşilırmak River, rows of half-timbered Ottoman houses sit squeezed together like chocolate cakes in a patisserie window. To the south, the newer, more modern Turkey tries to get on with things in an outward-looking ode to the succession of empires that reigned in this narrow, rocky valley. Towering above the minarets and the medreses (seminaries) are pockmarks of Pontic tombs, etched into the highrise bluff and guarded by a lofty citadel. Amasya's setting may evoke high drama, but life here unfolds as slowly as the train takes apples out of town via a mountain tunnel. In local folklore, these tunnels were dug by Ferhat, a tragic star-crossed figure who was in love with Sirin, the sister of a sultan queen.

Leave the planning to a local expert

Experience the real Amasya. Let a local expert handle the planning for you.

Get started


Must-see attractions

Plan with a local

in partnership with getyourguide

Book popular activities in Amasya


Purchase our award-winning guidebooks

Get to the heart of Amasya with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.