Best Things To Do in Kastamonu, Turkey

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Kastamonu.

Kastamonu may not be as popular as other cities in Turkey, but don’t let that fool you. Kastamonu is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Kastamonu.

If you have plans to visit Turkey and are not sure if Kastamonu should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Kastamonu and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Kastamonu

Here is the list of things to do in Kastamonu and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Sheikh Shaban-i Veli Mosque


    Address: Hisarardi Mahallesi, Kastamonu 37200, Turkey

    The Hz. Pir Seyh Saban-i Veli Kulliyesi is a complex that was built by Seyyid Sunnah Efendi before 1490 M. The complex includes Dargah houses (the two mosques were built by Azdavay Mahmut Pasha from the period of 1318 to 1900), a tomb that dates back to the time frame of 1020-161, a Library, the Asa Suyu and a gorgeous fountain that was built on...Read more
  2. Kastamonu Saat Kulesi

    4.3 (14 Votes)
    Kastamonu Saat Kulesi


    Address: Cebrail Mahallesi, Kuleli Sk. No:11, 37200 Kastamonu Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    The Kastamanu Clock tower stands at a height of 12 meters on a hill and is made entirely of stone. The tower dates back to 1885 and even though restored in 2002, its authentic design is what makes it a loved sight around the city. The clock face is 1.6 meters in diameter and has numbers written in Arabic. The window above the clock would have be...Read more
  3. Kastamonu Kalesi

    4.3 (18 Votes)
    Kastamonu Kalesi


    Address: Atabeygazi Mh., Kale yolu Sok., 37100 Merkez/Kastamonu Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    The Kastamonu Castle has an extensive history of rulers written on its walls. From Byzantine Empire to Selijuks, Candarids, the Ottoman Empire and even through the Turkish Republic era- the castle has formed the backdrop for iconic moments in Turkey’s evolution. The castle is located on a 112-metre high hill and is one of the best places t...Read more
  4. Valla Canyon Observation Deck Image

    Observation Deck

    Address: 37770 Muratbaşı Köyü/Pınarbaşı/Kastamonu, Turkey

    Located close to the Muratbasi village, the Valla Kanyonu Seyir Terasi overlooks the Valla Canyon and offers a breath taking view of its valleys and mountains. The Valla Canyon is part of the Kure National park that is known for its gorgeous pathways, rich flora and fauna, ancient caves, a number of waterfalls and a river that create an oasis fo...Read more
  5. Nasrullah Mosque

    4.8 (18 Votes)
    Nasrullah Mosque

    Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Hepkebirler Mahallesi, Mutaflar Çarşısı Sk. No:7, 37100 Kastamonu Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    Dating back to the 16th century, the Nasrulla Mosque was built under the orders of Nasrulla Khadi- a judge of the Ottoman Empire. This mosque was built along with pools and a fountain. Originally, the mosque had 6 domes but enlargement plans in the 18th century added 3 more and in 1915, a minaret was added to the growing structure. Today, the be...Read more
  6. Ilica Selalesi

    4.6 (8 Votes)
    Ilica Selalesi Image

    Address: 37770 Ilıca Köyü/Pınarbaşı/Kastamonu, Turkey

    Surrounded by lush greenery, the Ilica Selalesi waterfall falls from a height of 14 meters to form the pool below. The waterfall offers an oasis away from all the traffic and noise and for nature-lovers, you can hike around and even have a small picnic near the pool. Accommodation is available nearby with the view of the fall and for campers, th...Read more
  7. Kastamonu Museum

    4.4 (15 Votes)
    Kastamonu Museum Image


    Address: Hepkebirler Mahallesi, Sakarya Cad. No:5, 37100 Kastamonu Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    The Kastamonu Museum is housed in the Liva Pasha Mansion that dates back to 1870 and was built by Mir Liva Sadik Pasha. In 1979 the house was expropriated by the Ministry of Culture and with reconstructions and restoration work, the place was converted to a museum and opened to the public in 1997. Today, the museum houses some of the rarest arte...Read more
  8. Mahmoud Bey Mosque

    4.8 (11 Votes)
    Mahmoud Bey Mosque

    Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: 37210 Kasaba Köyü/Kastamonu Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    The Mahmut Bey Mosque dates back to 1366 and is one of the most unique buildings in not just Kastamonu but in the whole country. The whole mosque is built without using any cementing material and metal. This gave the mosque the title of ‘the mosque without nails’ and with the whole interior of the building built in wood, it is a marv...Read more
  9. Kent Tarihi Museum

    4.3 (115 Votes)
    Kent Tarihi Museum


    Address: Cebrail Mahallesi, Çoruk Sk. No:11, 37200 Kastamonu, Merkez/Kastamonu, Turkey

    Celebrating the history and evolution of the city, the Kent Tarihi Museum showcases various development ideas and plans that have been carried out in Kastamonu. The museum was opened in 2002 and is a government proposed museum to keep the stories of the city alive and breathing for the newer generation. See rare photos, documents and graphics al...Read more