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Bozcaada

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==Get in==
===By plane===
Canakkale [[Çanakkale]] Airport is located 56 km away from the Geyikli Yukyeri Harbour. There is a 3 connections in a week between Istanbul and CanakkaleÇanakkale. THY Turkish Airlines are flying to CanakkaleÇanakkale.Source: www.bozcaada.info/how
===By bus===
Regular buses run from most major cities to Canakkale[[Çanakkale]]. From Çanakkale there are frequent Bus connection to Geyikli Yukyeri Port where the ferryboats connect Bozcaada with the mainland. There are also some buses from Istanbul directly to Geyikli Yukyeri Port ("Truva" and "Metro" bus companies). There is a bus company office located in one of the small shops at the town square. You can buy your ticket for Istanbul (or somewhere else on the way) for a bus departing from Geyikli in the mainland. Your bus will be waiting for you just outside the harbour in Geyikli. Don’t forget to catch the corresponding ferry back to the mainland (bus hours are usually in accordance with the ferry hours, they depart usually about 30 minutes after the departure of the ferry from island quay), they may wait for the next ferry or not! (more likely, not)
===By car===
'''From [[Istanbul]]''' - Get to [[CanakkaleÇanakkale]] first by following the route west from the city via [[Tekirdağ]], [[Keşan]], [[GallipoliGelibolu]], and [[Eceabat]]. Take the ferry at Eceabat to cross the Strait to Asia. After passing the Strait into [[CanakkaleÇanakkale]] in Asia, take the road (D550/E87) south to [[Izmir]]. About 30 km away from Canakkale (and only a few km after you left the junction for the road to [[Troy_(Turkey)|Troy]] behind), you’ll arrive at the junction which the access road to Geyikli harbour forks (there are also ‘Bozcaada’ signs on that junction). This route is about 400 km in total. Those who’d like to drive less may take fast ferries from [[Istanbul]] to [[Bandirma]] on the southern shore of Marmara. Bandirma to Geyikli is abut 210 km in total.
'''From [[Izmir]]''' - Take the route north (D550/E87) to CanakkaleÇanakkale, and turn left (to direction signposted as ‘Geyikli’/’Bozcaada’ there) in [[Ezine]], about 50 km south of CanakkaleÇanakkale.
===By boat===
In summer of 2009, passenger-only fast ferry (''deniz otobüsü'') service to Bozcaada direct from [[Canakkale|Çanakkale]] started. However, the only mainland location with a ferry connection which can accommodate cars to Bozcaada is still [[Geyikli]], located on the western (Aegean) shore of Troad (''Biga'') Peninsula, south of Çanakkale.
Ferryboat Schedule from Geyikli to Bozcaada (there are often changes on the schedule, so it advisable to check): [http://www.bozcaada.info/feribottarifesi.html]
==Get around==
There are frequent minibuses heading for Ayazma and Habbele beaches. Their departure is in the square right next to the entrance of the castle. A one-way ride costs 2 3 TL per person (no student discounts available) and takes about 15 minutes. There is also a minibus service once every day (at sunset time) to Cape Polente, the westernmost point of the island and where the electricity-generating wind turbines are located.
Although they are well-paved in most sections, most of the roads on the island are narrow. Nevertheless, there is little traffic anyway, so it is no problem that they are narrow.
[[Image:Bozcaada_citadel.JPG|thumb|Bozcaada Castle from the beach]]
*''' Castle'''. The castle, surrounded by sea at one side and by a nowadays-dry (or marshy at best) moat at the others, served for Byzantines, Venetians and Genoans, although there is no evidence indicating who exactly built the castle. Still maintaining its glory, this is one of the castles that are in best condition in Turkey. Entrance fee: 2 5 TL (1.50 3 TL for students).
*'''Streets'''. The old cobbled streets and districts in the center of the town maintain their traditional architecture.
==Do==
* '''Swimming'''. Due to freshwater discharge discharges from seabottomthe sea floor, the seawater in '''Ayazma''' beach is shockingly cold, even in the hottest months, which is pretty good for those prefering a (very) refreshing seabath.
==Buy==
Locally available books that are worth a look are:
* '''Kalaafiyet''' The book of Bozcaada recipes. A list of 100 recipes and Aegean food, island food and also island life.
* '''Anayurt''' (Mother Land) by Dimitri Kakmioglu. This is a memoir about an island childhood set in the late 1960s. Available in Turkish and English.
*<drink name="Ucmuz Ada" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Restaurant serving delicious meals as well as great chocolate soufflé&mdash;this is the only place on the island serving that dessert.</drink>
*<eat name="Maya" alt="" address="American Cesme Mevkii, Kume Evleri" directions="Its about 50 meters from American Fountain" phone="(0286)697-80-50" url="http://www.mayabozcaada.com/index.html" hours="8 a.m to 11 p.m." price="Moderate" lat="" long="">This is small restaurant serving daily home made dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The owner is the chef and he prepares everything daily; freshly baked breads and treats, home made cheeses and jams and wines. Reservations are a must as its small but worth the experience!</eat>
 
==Drink==
===Local drinks===
*'''Wine''' - this is a wine-land where they imprinted a bunch of grapes on their coins thousands of years ago! The local wine producers are Amadeus [http://www.amadeuswine.com/], Corvus [http://www.corvus.com.tr/], Yunatçılar Camlibag [http://www.camlibag.com.tr/], [http://www.talay.com.tr/ Talay], Ataol and Gülerada. There are various local grapes such as vasilaki (white), karalahna (red), kuntra (red), karasakiz (red). *'''Red Poppy Syrup''' - a local specialty of Ada Cafe.[http://adagelincik.blogspot.com/]
===Bars===
Be aware, it is almost impossible to find a room without booking beforehand in summer.
* '''Gümüş Bozcaada Biz Hoteland Private Houses''' (''on the first street to left when walking out of harbour''), tel ''+90 286'' 697-82-52[http://www.bozcaada. Very clean rooms with air-con and en suite bathroombiz]. Rooms offer a nice view If you wish to feel like an islander during your visit, rent one of the renovated traditional houses located in the Greek quarter of harbour, fish restaurants, and the castle. Booking is highly advised town center or stay in summercomfortable rooms of Biz Hotel right across to the only one church of the island. Double rooms: 50 YTL per person/night room costs 220 TL with full breakfast (Summer 2006summer 2011). Breakfast included.
* '''Baghane Pension and Traditional Town HousesGümüş Hotel''' (''on the first street to left when walking out of harbour''), [[http://wwwtel ''+90 286'' 697-82-52.bahaneVery clean rooms with air-con and en suite bathroom.biz]]. You can either rent traditional houses located in the Greek quarter Rooms offer a nice view of harbour, fish restaurants, and the island or just share a room castle. Booking is highly advised in the farm house with large breakfastsummer. Double rooms 110 YTL : 50 TL per person/night (summer 2008Summer 2006). Breakfast included.
* '''Baghane Pension and Traditional Town Houses''', [http://www.bahane.biz]. You can either rent traditional houses located in the Greek quarter of the island or just share a room in the farm house with large breakfast. Double rooms 110 YTL (summer 2008). *<sleep name="Yelkenli Bed&amp;Breakfast" alt="Yelkenli Holiday House" address="Papazbahce Mevkii, Bozcaada" directions="on the way left to Ayazma beach" phone="+90-541-962-88-00" url="http://www.yelkenlibag.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="150 TL per room" lat="" long="">A cute and cozy vineyard house with 3 separate rooms, located at the (geographical) center of the island, a fair distance from town center.</sleep> *<sleep name="Aika Hotel Bozcaada" alt="" address="Alaybey Mh. Namazgah Cd. N. 8/ Cumhuriyet Mh. Meserret Sk. N. 27" directions="near the harbour" phone="+90-532-461-42-55" url="http://www.aikahotel.com" checkin="12:00" checkout="14:00" price="100-120 TL pp/night (breakfast included; 2012)" lat="" long="">A new boutique hotel in the old town, with a kitchenette and a shared living/dining area. All rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, A/C, free wi-fi, and satellite TV. Breakfasts boast homemade and organic ingredients.</sleep>
==Work==
==Get out==
There is a bus company office located in one of the small shops at the town square. You can buy your ticket for Istanbul (or somewhere else on the way) for a bus departing from Geyikli in the mainland. Your bus will be waiting for you just outside the harbour in Geyikli. Don’t forget to catch the corresponding ferry back to the mainland (bus hours are usually in accordance with the ferry hours, they depart usually about 30 minutes after the departure of the ferry from island quay), they may wait for the next ferry or not! (more likely, not)
*[[Gokceada]], the other/northern significant Turkish island of the Aegean Sea, has a considerably different ambience than Bozcaada.
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