Bartin is a western Black Sea town noted for its old wooden houses, the vestiges of a Roman road, and natural beauty.
A boat tour on the Bartin River reveals the surrounding environment. Bartin also is graced with attractive beaches. Famous for strawberries, the community holds an annual festival to celebrate the fruit.
Local architectural statements usually date to the 17th century. The Arasta bazaar, Cinci Hoca Bath and Inn, and the Izzet Pasha Mosque and Library are fine examples. In addition, the timbered houses reflect the aspects of art trends introduced by the Tanzimat Fermani, or Reforms Decree.
Nearby Safranbolu, which also has preserved the ancient examples of Turkish architecture, derives its name from saffron plants that are cultivated in the area.