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A weekend in Kıyıköy

Jopo in Travel

Kıyıköy is a small fishing town in Kırklareli. While it could have been a good idea to visit the town in summer, I just visited the town in an attempt to have a peaceful weekend after all the midterms. If truth be told, I was expecting to see a touristic site but it's rather a village that I found to be really confined. I've been to four places there which are all very close to each other: Aya Nikola Manastırı, Pabuç Deresi, Balıkçılar Iskelesi and Aşıklar Tepesi.

Aya Nikola Monastırı, The Monastery of Saint Nicholas, was built into rocks during the Justinian reign in Byzantine. It is a terribly neglected historical site. The road that leads to it was extremely muddy. Once I arrived there, I was bothered by trash and the writings of other visitors on the walls. There was no information except a signboard at the entrance of the monastery which explained very little about the history. There were three grounds to the monastery. The first floor was used as a church, the basement was a water source and the upper floor was kept for the use of monks. It was quite an incredible structure and had a distinct atmosphere. It would be in no way a difficult place to manage if given some care. Fortunately, there was a road work funded by the Europian Union to ease the access to the monastery.

Just in a small distance from the monastery, you can rent a pedalo or a small boat for a tour along the Pabuç deresi. You pass through the stone bridge, and nature begins to reveal its beautiful autumn sights as you pedal through the river. The other place I went to was Aşıklar Tepesi which offers a view of pabuc deresi and the landscape around it from above. I would rent a pedalo and ride along the river again if I were to go to Kıyıköy once more.

The most authentic place in Kıyıköy was Balıkçılar Iskelesi, Fisherman's Pier. There were lots of street dogs and cats in Kiyikoy, but they were especially crowded in this site. Every ten minutes, you could hear a group of dogs howling one after the other, playing with each other and a cat trying to sneak behind a wooden crate with a fish in its mouth. While all this is happening, you see the fishermen going on with their daily occupation. I purchased one kilogram of red mullet to take home with me, and while the fisherman was cleaning the fish, I took a walk in this pleasant aura. The fish I took home was very fresh and tasty as I expected.

One thing I felt upset about was the street dogs and cats. They were anywhere around the village, and many of them looked sick or too weak. I think most villagers look after them considering how many they are, but I think that's something that should have been addressed by the local authorities.

Our trip to Kıyıköy was calm and pleasant, but as I said, there wasn't really anyone there except the villagers at this time of the year. The places that I visited in total would take only half a day to complete, leaving you with lots of free time. So, it would probably be a better idea to visit Kıyıköy in summer to be able to spend some time in the sea if you want to have a full weekend there.

From Istanbul.

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