Kıyıköy is located 92 Km far from Kırklareli.



The oldest name of the village is Salmydessos which means “shiny”, “holly” and “beautiful”  place. According to the historical informations, in BC 400, the Greeks named this region as “the homeland of honey-eaters”. It is believed that, this name comes from the way of life of the Thracians in the region. During the first quarter of BC 500, Kıyıköy is used as a safe-land for the Lydians escaping from Anatolia to the Balkans from the troops of Darius – the Persian Ruler - . During the history,, the civilizations like Thracians, Persians, Meds and Scythians used Kıyıköy as a settlement.


The area is under preservation.

Area Descriptions

Kıyıköy town which is on a rocky area facing the Black sea is in between two natural protected areas. Pabuçdere Stream, in the north and Kazandere Stream, in the south, flows into the Black Sea. Salmon, mullet and garp can be fished in those streams of registered protected areas. You can also do boating.  

There are multiple opportunities for people who want to have a sea-bath in Kıyıköy. Just the two sides of the town, the beaches are quite nice for the tourists. The coasts named as Selvez, Poliçe and Panayır Harbour are also the favourite places of campers, camp-caravan lovers and cyclists. Those coasts are a walking distance far from the Kıyıköy center. The “Kastro Coast” is also a very famous and popular place of the region. This coast is defined as the only aged karaçam ormanı. Around the Kıyıköy, there are castle walls, towers, defensive holes and tunnels coming from the Justinian age (527 – 565).

Kıyıköy beaches of which sea water temperatures change between 20-26 C is 96 Kms from Kırklareli, 40 Kms from from Vize and 200 Kms from İstanbul. Kıyıköy provides to the tourists the opportunities of eating fresh fish, boating on the coasts of Pabuçdere and Kazandere Streams and seeing past civilizations.

Kıyıköy Fortress: It is a fortress in town of Kıyıköy belonging to the Byzantine period (6th century) and built in Justinian era. It was repaired in the 9th and 10th centuries. The castle is located on a slope which is seaward and between Kazan Stream in the south and Pabuç Stream in the north. The west of the castle goes down to land level. However the west of it was destroyed to the ground. It is understood from the remaining parts that the walls were clear-cut stones and filled with rubbles. In this part the thickness is about 2.20 meters and the height is 2.50 meters. The height of the walls on two sides of the door approximates 5 meters. The second bastion does not exist today. Height of the walls there can be about 6 meters. There is a secret gate in the south of the south walls and that gate is reached through 180 steps down from the castle. The serai gate is well-protected. It is covered by clear-cut block stones on bricks. There is a defense moat with 13 meters wide from the first to the sixth bastions.

Kıyıköy Pabuç Stream: You can fish grey mullet, salmon and garp in and do boating on Pabuçdere Stream, which comes from Istranca Mountains and flows into the Black Sea from the north of Kıyıköy and registered as a protected area.
Kıyıköy Harbour and Kazan Stream :  Kıyıköy Harbour is the shelter of the fishers from Kıyıköy who makes their living from fishing. Just like Pabuç stream, in Kazan Stream, you can fish grey mullet, salmon and garp and do boating.

Project: Green corridors - promotion of natural, cultural and historical heritage in the region of Burgas and Kirklareli. Grant Contract №РД-02-29-173/01.07.2011.

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