İnebolu

İnebolu is a small port town on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. I visited on a day trip from nearby Kastamonu. There are a few buses daily from Kastamonu’s bus terminal.

It sits right on the Black Sea with gorgeous scenery in either direction, with the green mountains meeting the blue sea. In ancient times, it was founded by the Greeks as Tíhos (Τείχος) in the Paphlagonia (Παφλαγονία) region. The name later changed to Ionópoli (Ιωνόπολη), from which the modern name is derived.

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

The town is divided by a dried-up river with most of the important parts on the east bank, including the main square.

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

İnebolu is small and compact with some pleasant cobblestoned alleyways. Ottoman buildings are mixed in with modern ones and give İnebolu a little flair.

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

İnebolu really doesn’t have any star attractions but it embraces its recent history very proudly. It played a significant role in the Turkish War of Independence as a weapons smuggling depot. Arms and ammunition were taken there by sea from Istanbul and then smuggled overland to Kastamonu. When the town was attacked in 1921, it put up a great resistance. There are a few monuments scattered throughout town that pay homage to the brave townspeople who aided the war effort. You can even find old weapons smuggling boats outside the museum.

Monument to weapons smugglers in İnebolu, Turkey

Monument to weapons smugglers

Monument to weapons smugglers in İnebolu, Turkey

Monument to weapons smugglers

Boats used to smuggle weapons in İnebolu, Turkey

Boats used to smuggle weapons

The museum is called Türk Ocağı. It serves as an ethnographic museum and also is an important landmark from İnebolu’s other claim to fame, the Hat Law. A monument of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk outside of the building marks the spot where he officially proclaimed the Hat Law outlawing the fez on August 27, 1925. The Hat Law is also commemorated on a sign in the city.

Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Türk Ocağı

Atatürk hat law monument at Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Atatürk hat law monument

Hat law sign in İnebolu, Turkey

Hat law sign

In addition to the ethnographic exhibits, there are displays and photos commemorating the Hat Law event. The building itself was built in 1912 and was restored in 2006. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Türk Ocağı

Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Türk Ocağı

Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Türk Ocağı

Türk Ocağı in İnebolu, Turkey

Türk Ocağı

If you follow the road up the hill behind the Türk Ocağı, you’ll find yourself in a residential district with stunning views of the town and the coastline.

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

İnebolu, Turkey

İnebolu

A couple hours or less is all that’s needed to see İnebolu, but the scenery during the drive from Kastamonu is one of the highlights. The road winds up and around green forested mountains.

The road from Kastamonu to İnebolu, Turkey

The road from Kastamonu

The road is a national historic road called the Atatürk ve İstiklal Yolu (Atatürk and Independence Way), in honor of the weapons smugglers who used the very same route.

Atatürk ve İstiklal Yolu from Kastamonu to İnebolu, Turkey

Atatürk ve İstiklal Yolu

İnebolu’s bus terminal is a bit of a hike south of town. It sits on a road along the west bank of the river. Expect about a 15 to 20 minute walk. There’s a small restaurant at the bus terminal with a couple companies selling tickets to Kastamonu.

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