A former district of Zonguldak province and located in the West Black Sea Area, Bartın was made a province in 1991 and now it is populated with 63.000. It is 270 km away from Ankara, the capital city, and 440 km from Istanbul.
Previously named as Pathenios, it dates back to 1200 BC and was dominated by Gargas tribe, Hittites, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians, Greeks, Persians and Macedonians. Then, it was invaded by the Roman Empire and Byzantines until the Turkish invasion in the 11th Century AD. It was affiliated to Kastamonu during the Ottoman Empire.
Bartın is now a member of Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR). Bartın is also popular with its ancient ruins and wooden houses with old Turkish architectural characteristics and with its river going through the city on which the only ship sailing in Turkey is made. The city holds a Strawberry Festival, which is famous for on a national basis, in spring season.
The climatic characteristic of Bartın is that it is hot and humid in the summer while it is chilly and rainy most of the days in the winter months.