your best base for visiting the Gallipoli battlefields and
the ruins of Troy.
on the southern shore at the anrrowest point in the Dardanelles strait (Hellespont, Çanakkale Boğazı; map), Çanakkale has been a major strong-point in the defense
of the Dardanelles from the
time of the Trojans through World
is a pleasant town with adequate
hotels to serve travelers crossing the Dardanelles via the Dardanelles
car ferries. More...
You can visit Çanakkale and either Gallipoli or Troy on a whirlwind day-trip
from Istanbul, but to see them both—or to tour either one in a less-rushed fashion, I recommend a more comfortable
excursion by car or bus. If you have the time, a multi-day excursion by car is the optimal way to see these sights. More...
What to See & Do
Sights to see in Çanakkale itself include the sturdy Çimenlik
Fortress, with its Military
Museum and Naval
Museum; and the Çanakkale Archeology
Across the Dardanelles are the Gallipoli battlefields of World War I, which take a full dy or more to visit thoroughly.
South of Çanakkale are the storied ruins of ancient Troyand, farther south along the Aegean coast, Alexandria Troas, the Apollo Smintheon, and ancient Assos.
From Geyikli Feribot İskelesi you can take a ferryboat to the island of Bozcaada to enjoy its small pensions and boutique hotels, open-air restaurants serving local wines, and its quiet, laid-back lifestyle. More...
Inland from Troy, legendary Mount Ida (Kazdağı) raises its forested slopes, sheltering a few mountain lodges good for a getaway from the bustle of town life. More...
Where to Stay & Dine
Çanakkale has an adequate supply of adequately comfortable
hotels except on and around ANZAC
25th) when the World War I Gallipoli campaign is commemorated. More...
You can easily come to Çanakkale on your own car or bus, and perhaps even by plane. More...
If you'd like someone to make all the transport, lodging and sightseeing arrangements for you, there are many different tours available, from whirlwind one-day excursions from Istanbul to 6-day self-drive Istanbul-to-Ephesus trips. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan