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Tourist information Zonguldak province
January 19, 2020

Posted by HW on January 19, 2020

The towns Alapli, Kdz.Eregli, Çaycuma, Gökçebey and Devrek are in the borders of the province of Zonguldak and it has coastlines in the west and north to the Black Sea in the West Black Sea Region. Its neighbors are Karabük to the east, Bartin to the north-east and Bolu to the south 56% of the area is covered with the mountain, 31% with the plateaus and 13% with plain lands. The Filyos, the Devrek, the Alapli and the Gülüç are the rivers.

Since it has a rainy climate, 52% of the Zonguldak is covered with forests which provides an excellent wildlife and makes hunting popular for the people living around.
There are no natural lakes in the area, but the artificial lakes such as the Kizilcapinar, the Gülüç, the Ulutam Dam and the Dereköy are the most popular picnic places.

The culture and history of the province, once in the borders of Paphlagonia and Bithynia, had been influenced by the Hittities, Phrygians, Miletians, Byzantines, Boietyas, Romans, Genoeses and Maccedons.
The historical and archaeological remains most of which are still under the ground are considened to be the most important attractions for tourists.

Herakleia Pontike (Kdz.Eregli) is one of the most important cities among the known 42 Heracles arrival on the Argonaut ship-it was called Herakleia Pontike. According to the mythology, some famous people of the period like Iason, Argos, Orpheus, Idmon, Heracles had sailed on the Argonaut Ship to discover the Golden Fleece in the Country of Kolkhis on the Black Sea.
Herakles defeated the barbarous watch dog kept in the substerranean god Hades's residence in the Hellmouth Caves. It was one of the most important twelve activities and the most famous one Heracles managed to carry out.

The caves known as the centre of prophery were used as a secret worship place by the first Christians during the period when the paganism was dominant. The caves are offred to appreciate in the extent of "Faith Tourism" by the Zonguldak Tourism Authority.

Zonguldak is rich in natural beauties and sources. The coastline and the beaches along the Black Sea the caves each one of which is a wondrous beauty and the hills which remain green all the year long are the natural sources of the province.

The natural beaches along the eighty-kilometer coastline between Sazköy and Akçakoca offer the people wonderful weekends. The beaches Hisarönü, Türkali, Göbü, Kapuz, Degirmenagzi, Iliksu, Erdemir, Eregli Belediye and Alapli Kocaman are in "The Blue Flag Project" of the Ministery of Tourism.

The Zonguldak and Eregli ports serve for industrial and commercial purposes. There is a ro-ro service from the Zonguldak Port to Skadovsk and Evpatoria of Ukrania and Novorossky of Russia.
The Black Sea Yatching Rally held in the year of 1997 proved that the ports in the province of Zonguldak are suitable for yatching tourism.

More than half of the area is covered with forests, so you can take your mind off your troubles when you spend some time around.
The most important recreation center is the Seven Lakes where you can find yourself in a colorful world in autumn. The camping site, six cottages, a wild deer farm and ponds for fishing are far more than you can imagine. The other places where you can have picnic are Ulutan Baraji, Göldagi, Yayla, 100.Yil Parki, Bostandüzü and Milli Egemenlik

The Bacakliyayla (1637 m) is the highest point in the area and the cottages at the foot of the hill offer you wonderful time as long as you are there.
Last but not the least, since the area is under snow for about 3-4 months, it is a wonderful place for "winter tourism"

The first discovery of caves around Zonguldak was made in 1970's and the caves are visited by foreign and local scientists and sportsmen and they carry out lots of activities there. The caves are the Kizilelma, the Cumayani, the Gökgöl, the Iliksu, the sofular, the Erçek, the Çayirköy, the Incivezalti and the Cehennemagzi. Of all the caves, The Kizilelma is famous for its length and the Sofular and the Gökgöl for their travartens.

Entrance to hell
The Gökgöl and Cehennemagzi (The Entrance to the Hell) have been designed for tourism and the Sofular and Çayirköy are in the investment programme of 1998
The Cehennemagzi Cave is in Kdz.Eregli and once upon a time it was a sacred place. As Herakles, the God of Power, visited the cave, it is mentioned in most foreign and local mytological stories.

Coal mining
A Coal mining Museum is under a project and when it is founded, it is going to fill a very important gap in the social life of the city.

Technological and economical development in the area have affected the socio-cultural relations and the reflection can be seen in handicraft, Miner's statues and lamps are seen around. In addition, Devrek is famous for its walking sticks and they are exhibited all over the world
Local material weaving, called elpek in Kdz.Eregli and pelemet in Çaycuma has been carried out for ages and the material is used for making bags, vests and blouses.
The city was called "Sandra, Sandraka" in ancient times and it was famous for its material coloured with a kind of mineral paint brought from Sinope
Wooden walking sticks of Devrek with to snakes motifs take you to the deepest points of history and social life in the area. The handles are mostly made of animal horns.

Since coal producing is the major source of income for the inhabitants, it has a dominaring motive in folklore. Local songs and dances are based on miners lives and songs are mostly about miners's wives who send their husbands to work
The history of Kdz.Eregli dates back to 3000 years ago, so the town has a very long historical and cultural background. As Herakles had been to town, there are stories about Argonot Ship, Akheron Valley and Hades (The Deads Country).
The antique ruins obtained from the excavations around the town will be exhibitted in Halilpasa Konagi soon.

Local Cuisine
As result of industrilization, local cuisine has changed a lot in town and city centers, but local cuisine can be seen in the villages. The dishes are based on wheat and corn, Su böregi, kabakli börek, bazlama, cizleme, kömeç ekmegi, tarhana corbasi, ugmac corbasi, malay and homemade macaroni are the examples of the local cuisine.
The vegetables such as mushroom, mancar and zilbit are widely used for making different dishes. Chestnut trees and strawberries are grown in the area. The Çaycuma yoghurt and Kdz.Eregli Ottoman strawberry have been popular all over the country.
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