The greatest qualities of Amasya are its geography – right between the Black Sea and Central Anatolia – scenery and history. Stretching along a splendid river valley and steep, vertical cliffs, the old town has a shape of a ‘V’ for it follows a sharp river bend. The rugged scenery of the Pontus and Canik ranges makes Amasya appear like a high mountain-town, albeit the city lies almost at the sea level. That is why cycling is easy and enjoyable – moderate climate and mild terrain.
THE ADVANTAGE OF A CYCLO-TOUR
Exploring Amasya by a bicycle can be extremely engaging. It will not only give you the chance to enrich your cultural and historical knowledge (without wasting money on tours and parking) but also you highly likely notice those little details that would be otherwise left overlooked, all that while doing a really good exercise!
Although the Black Sea shores are so close the inland beauty is what characterises this region. There are numerous cycling and heritage trails in the region. Like any other Turkish city, Amasya has a long history, and that is obvious instantly at arrival. The antique town is home to historical fortifications, ancient tombs and castles, Ottoman mansions and beautiful mosques.
Being a Muslim realm, it appears quite exotic to the Westerners, especially for its spicy food, exquisite coffee, indulging local baths and the local handicraft – these are all symbols of Turkey, after all.
In spite of a having a long trading tradition Amasya is not a mass-tourism hotspot at all, and that is the reason for the city`s well-preserved architecture and culture. Most of the buildings are in a perfect condition, and the Silk Road era legacy is omnipresent.
RIDING THE ANCIENT TRADE ROUTE (THE SILK ROAD HERITAGE)
Since ancient times, Turkey had been considered to be the trading hub of the middle-eastern nations. Once, the iconic Silk Road cut through Amasya on the way to the Black Sea, leaving behind some priceless heritage. Amasya, linking Europe to the Orient, had been crossed by foreign merchants, artisans and camel caravan, and the land here encountered a blend of many civilisations. All that, naturally, is best demonstrated in the local architecture, cuisine, traditions and folklore.
Let yourself be taken back to the ancient times, and it is the best way to enjoy the local markets, traditional coffee shops, the iconic caravan sarays, impressive mosques and palaces while riding the ancient trade routes of Amasya.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN AMASYA
If cycling, Amasya can be discovered in as many as 2-3 days, and now it is a good time to start exploring its surrounds. There are various cycling routes, ranging from easy-moderate to challenging mountain bike tracks.
FABULOUS CYCLING TRIPS FROM AMASYA
DID YOU KNOW?
Amasya is famed for being an important farming area, especially for growing apples. Don`t skip the Apple Palace! Even if you don`t stay at the hotel, pay a visit for spectacular views.
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WHEN TO TRAVEL
Good time to visit Amasya is between April-September, with the peak months of July-August when prices go up. The ideal time to travel seems to be June – fewer crowds, pleasant temperature and reasonable rates.
NOTE Remember to avoid the month of Ramadan since the food options are relatively limited (and you surely do not want to miss out on the best cuisine in the world!)
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Istanbul or Ankara
1.Catch a domestic flight to Merzifon-Amasya or the nearby Samson Airport (there are daily flights from Istanbul or Ankara). Check out the Turkish Airlines and Pegasus
2.However, the best way to get to Amasya is by bus or train from Ankara (5 hrs) to enjoy the stunning landscape
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