Cruise Port Atlas | Sinop, Turkey Map | Location

Sinop, Turkey Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Sinop: Voyages of Discovery, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Sinop Fortress Prison, Alaaddin Mosque, Archaeological Museum, Balatlar Church , Karakum, DSI, Kumsal, Sarikum Nature Reserve, Hamsilos Fjord, Erfelek Waterfalls, Ayancik, Inalti Cave, Boyabat Castle

Sinop's strategic location has contributed to its long and storied history. Situated on a narrow isthmus of the Boztepe Peninsula, Sinop faces the Black Sea to the north and a large harbor and bay to the south. In the narrowest section of the land bridge is the Sinop Fortress Prison, whose origins are ancient and has been rebuilt and expanded by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans. Starting in 1887, it was used as a prison. The prison was closed in 1997 and the building reopened as a tourist attraction in 1999. The other most popular attraction in the city is the Aladdin Mosque, built in the early 13th century. Next to it is an historic madrasah, or school. There are also two important museums in the city, the Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. Attractions outside the city include several well-known beaches, scenic natural attractions and the Castle and town of Boyabat.

Local Currency: Turkish lira

Primary Language: Turkish

Secondary Languages: none

Visa requirements: American and Canadian guests arriving by ship are not required to have a visa in Turkey.  Those arriving by plane must get a visa, but can do so upon arrival.  Some cruise lines sell Turkish visas for marked-up prices.  For convenience this may be worthwhile.

Photo of Sinop Harbor by Tanyel

Geography and Population

Sinop is very near the northernmost point of Anatolia on the Black sea and is located in a protected harbor on a narrow isthmus that connects the Boztepe peninsula. The city has a population of just under 40,000.

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How Far?

Most of the historic attractions and major markets are located on the narrow isthmus and within easy walking distance.  Taxis are metered and inexpensive, but if you are traveling outside the city it is best to negotiate the fare in advance.

From To Distance Average Time Taxi Fare
Sinop Cruise Terminal Airport 7 KM 11 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Sinop Fortress Prison less than 1 KM 1 minute, 10 minute walk  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Alaaddin Mosque 0.5 KM 2 minutes, 6 minute walk  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Karakum Beach 3 KM 6 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal DSI Beach 4 KM 10 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Hamsilos Fjord 12 KM 20 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Sarikum Nature Reserve 23 KM 30 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Ayancik 60 KM 65 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Erfelek Waterfalls 35 KM 45 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Boyabat (Castle) 89 KM 90 minutes  
Sinop Cruise Terminal Inalti Cave 83 KM 1 hour 45 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses


Ataturk Devlet Hastanesi, Yeni Mh., 57000 Sinop, phone - 90 368 261 4510, 1 KM, 4 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Isbank ATM, Yeni Mh., 57000 Sinop, less than 1 KM, 3 minutes
Ziraat Bank ATM, Sinop Merkez, Meydan Kapi Kurtulus Cad. 10, 57000 Sinop, 5 minute walk

Post Office

PTT, Yeni Mh., 57000 Sinop, 5 minute walk

Port Address

Nearest Street Address: Iskele Cd 18, Camiikebir Mh., 57000 Sinop
GPS - 42.022295, 35.151097