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A geological formation on the shores of Kıyıköy

Kıyıköy, formerly Midye, ancient/medieval Medea (Greek: Μήδεια), is a town of the district of Vize in Kırklareli Province in northwestern Turkey. It is situated on the coast of the Black Sea. It became a municipality in 1987. The population of the town is 2,443 according to the 2000 National Census.

Fishing and forestry are the main ways of living in addition to tourism in the summer. The town has a small beach. The area surrounding the town is covered by dense forests of mainly oak. Two rivers, Kazandere and Pabuçdere, surround the town in the south and the north. They both flow into the Black Sea. These rivers are suitable for fishing, boating and swimming.

The Kasatura Bay Nature Reserve Area is 18 km south of the town along the Black Sea. The site harbors a pristine forest and a beach. The only naturally growing grove of black pine (Pinus nigra) in the European part of Turkey, is found at this site. This gives the area a unique, natural value that needs protection.

Medea is a Roman Catholic titular see.[1]

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Coordinates: 41°38′07″N 28°05′46″E / 41.63528°N 28.09611°E / 41.63528; 28.09611


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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Kıyıköy is a town located on Eastern Thrace’s Black Sea coast (NW of Istanbul) in Turkey. It’s still known as Midye, which is derived from town’s Greek name (Medea), more than as Kıyıköy among its locals.

Understand

The town is located on a peninsular hill between two rivers and the sea. Both sides of the streams are sandy beaches. Behind the town is forest.

Get in

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by bus

There are buses approximately once every two hours during daytime from Saray and Vize, both of which have direct bus connection from Istanbul.

by car

From Istanbul (2-2½ hr), take O-3/E80 motorway/toll-way to west, quit the motorway at ‘Çerkezköy’ exit, and follow the signs for ‘Saray’ afterwards. After arriving in Saray, signs to be followed will say ‘Kıyıköy’.

by train

Nearest train station is in Cerkezkoy (three daily connections with Istanbul). From there, you should take a bus to Saray, and then transfer to another one for Kıyıköy.

  • St Nicholas Monastery (Aya Nikola Manastırı) is a quite small religious complex engraved into a rocky slope of a hill in the forest, about 15-30 minutes walk from town centre, near the bank of the stream. There are signs near the city gate, indicating the path which leads to the monastery.
  • Red city walls and gate to the town centre.
  • Traditional architecture of town houses.
  • Marina Cafe & Bar, (on the tip of the village/peninsula, edge of the cliffs), [1]. Cafe with a wooden open-air terrace offering a wonderful view of the sea and the fishermen wharf below and the rocky/mountainous shore ahead. Hot, soft and alcoholic drinks. Hot drinks from 1 TL.  edit

Sleep

There are a couple of guesthouses (pansiyon) in the town. Going rate per person is about 20 YTL.

Contact

Town’s telephone code is 288 (+90 288 when calling from out of Turkey).

  • Kastro (also known as Çamlıkoy or Kasatura Bay) on the Black Sea coast to the south (via road to Saray, watch for ‘Kastro’ signs) has streams, a verdant forest, and a golden-yellow beach with an endemic sand crocus species.
  • Igneada on the Black Sea coast to the north (via Vize) is a town known for its lush forests, lakes, and kilometers-long beach.
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