Zonguldak City Guide

Zonguldak City Guide

Check out our special “Zonguldak city guide” to discover the hidden paradises of the city easily. Located in the Black Sea coastal cities, especially the Black Sea port of Turkey has an important place in the sea trade between their countries. It also includes Turkey’s richest coal mines. Today, Zonguldak is an important industrial centers of Turkey with many heavy-industrial instutitions. Especially Erdemir, which is located in Ereğli district, is one of the biggest iron and steel factories of Europe.

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Population Density

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GDP (Per Capita)


Black Sea




3,306 km2




16,208 $

With city center, Ereğli (also known as Kdz.Ereğli) is the biggest district of both Zonguldak and all Black Sea Region. Today, with more than 175 thousand population, the district became an important industrial and agricultural center of the city. There are many heavy industrial factories like Erdemir and many others. On the other hand, Çaycuma, Devrek and Alaplı are important agricultural centers of the city. The districts of Zonguldak are Ereğli, Devrek, Alaplı, Çaycuma, Kilimli, Kozlu and Gökçebey. You will find detailed information for all districts of Zonguldak in this guide.

Short History of Zonguldak

According to archaeological evidence, it is known that the first settlers of the region, which has a history dating back to BC 2500 years, were Hatti and later Hittites. The Anatolian Seljuk army came to the region in 1084 and conquered the region. Later, the Genoese captured the region, and the Candarogullari dominated the region during the period of the principalities. With the conquest of Amasra by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1460, Zonguldak and its surroundings were completely captured by the Ottomans. During the II.Mahmut period, the first coal was discovered in the region in 1829, and in 1848 the first coal mines were opened, which were operated by Belgian and French companies.

Today, the concept of accommodation in Zonguldak has become easier when compared the past times. You can find a lot of different hotels in all districts of the city.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Zonguldak or real estate for rent in Zonguldak, you are on the right page. As of the end of July 2020 in Zonguldak, the prices of houses for sale increased by 19.90% in the last year. Average for sale residential property size is 130 square meters. Considering the annual averages, as of the end of July 2020, the districts that gained the most value in Zonguldak for housing were Alaplı, Ereğli, Kozlu and Çaycuma, in descending order.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Zonguldak? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Zonguldak, there are 6 state hospitals, 1 university hospitals and 8 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city. 

Road Transportation

Those coming from the direction of Istanbul enter the Düzce exit and follow the coastline, and those entering from the Ankara direction reach the city center starting from the Yeniçağa turn. The City-Devrek-Ankara highway and the Zonguldak-Kdz.Ereğli-Istanbul highway are the state road, and the other roads that provide connections within the province are provincial roads.

Air Transportation

Zonguldak International Airport is located 55 km. distance away from the city center. It’s possible to find Düsseldorf (Germany) – Zonguldak flights in regular days of a week.

Railway Transportation

Zonguldak has a railway connection with Ankara and Karabük provinces. Transportation to the city station is provided by taxi, minibus or municipal buses, and the distance to the city center is approximately 1 km.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Zonguldak” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Zonguldak” questions in this guide. Of course, there are many important historical and natural places to visit in the city. Inside of Cehennemağzı Cave in Ereğli is filled with water and stone artifacts. If you haven’t visited a cave yet, Cehennemağzı Cave will be a very enjoyable experience. The Cumayanı Cave, which was first studied in 1976, is 10 kilometers long and has three entrances. Although the cave actually has a great importance, it could not gain a reputation. The best part of the cave is that it has the opportunity to wander between the chambers inside with boats. It is thought that Filyos Castle, located in Çaycuma district, was built in the middle ages. Very large stones were used in the construction of the castle to have an imposing appearance. The castle, which has a magnificent view, is the center of attention of tourists coming to the city, especially in summer. Zonguldak Mining Museum, located in Çınartepe Street, conveys the traces of hard coal mining, which is the most important production resource of the city, to its visitors with great success.

There is only one state university in Zonguldak named as Bülent Ecevit University. 


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