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Çanakkale

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Canakkale Monument in Martyrdom

Canakkale (pronounced chaa-nak-kaa-leh) is a city in the Marmara Region of Turkey

Understand

The city is located on the south bank of Canakkale Bogazi Strait and is 320 km from Istanbul, 325 km from Izmir and 653 km from Ankara..

History

Ataturk's words for all soldiers

The city was called "Hellespontos" or "Dardanelles" in ancient times, and there has been evidence of a settlement in the Canakkale area since B.C. 3000. As the city is located near the Canakkale Strait, one of the two major water passages connecting the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the area is rich in history and culture. The site of the historical city of Troy is close to Canakkale.

During World War 1, Canakkale and the Canakkale Strait was the stage of a year-long battle between the United Kingdom, France and the Ottoman Empire. From April 1915 to January 1916, a joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (now Istanbul). The attempt failed, but not without heavy casualties on both sides.

Get in

By bus

There are buses from Istanbul at any time, day or night. Just go to otogar, and look for 'Canakkale' signs on the windowpanes of bus company offices. It takes 5.5-6 hours to get from Istanbul to Canakkale. The busy Canakkale bus station also has several daily connections with most major Turkish destinations, such as Edirne and Izmir.

By car

Either from the Anatolia (Asian part of Turkey) or the European side; the only way to get to Canakkale is by motorway. However, some private companies plan to arrange a flight schedule between Istanbul and Canakkale in the near future.

By boat

Passengers from Istanbul must be aware that, under bad weather conditions, the sea-traffic in the strait is limited or cancelled, and crossing the strait may become impossible.

By Plane

Turkısh Aırlınes has flıghts from Istanbul

Get around

The most of places in Canakkale are on a walking distance. There is a Tourist Information office in several meters from ferryboat station (at the right part if you getting from ferry). You can pick up a free tourist map of Canakkale and surrounding areas, also you can check for the schedule of buses to Troy and ferry to Bozcaada.

See

  • Archaeological Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi) – on the highway to Izmir, it takes about 30 minutes to reach there from the harbour on foot, to go by minibuses is also possible.
  • Abydos. an ancient city where the story of Hero and Leander takes place

Do

Buy

Eat

One thing not to miss while in Çanakkale is atom, which is the usual döner in half a bread plus an omelette added in. There are lots of buffets making it in the cluster of shops located just across the street from ferry harbor. Totally local, so don't expect to find it in anywhere else.

  • Peynir Helvasi. a special dessert made of cheese, yolk, semolina and sugar. Husmenoglu is a patisserie famous with that dessert


Drink

Sleep

  • Otel Efes, Fetvane Sokak 5, +90 285 217 3256. Small, clean and friendly hotel close to the ferry terminal. The owner has hosted the hotel over 20 years, all by herself! 20 ytl.
  • Hotel Kervansaray, Fetvane Sokak 13, 217 8792, [1]. Nice hotel close to waterfront. Comfortable rooms, helpful staff and lovely courtyard.

Budget

Mid range

  • Kolin Hotel, Kepez 17100. Tel:+90 286 218-0808
  • Akol Hotel, Kayserili Ahmet Paşa cad. Kordonboyu. Tel:+90 286 217-9456
  • Buyuk Truva Hotel, Cevatpaşa mah.M.Akif Ersoy cad.No:2. Tel:+90 286 217-1024

Splurge

Get out

  • Gokceada (Imbros) and Bozcaada (Tenedos) – two of the biggest islands of Turkey, also the only significant Turkish islands in the Aegean Sea, are nearby.
  • Gallipoli is on the opposite banks of Dardanelles Strait. Take a tour with Crowded House Hotel - they will meet you as you diemberk on the ferry in Eceabat
  • Assos (also known as Behramkale; about 100 km to south) is a historically-important, pleasant seaside village.
  • Troy (Truva or Troya in Turkish) – an archaeological site about 30 km away.


Routes through Çanakkale
KeşanGallipoli (Ferry.png) ←  N noframe S  TroyIzmir




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