Çanakkale, Dardanelles, Turkey

Last Updated on November 20, 2023

Çanakkale is your best base for visiting the Gallipolibattlefields and the ruins of Troy.

Located 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 War I.

Today Çanakkale is a pleasant town with adequate hotels to serve travelers crossing the Dardanelles via the Dardanelles car ferriesMore...

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 overnight 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 Museum. More...

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 coastAlexandria 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 lodgesgood 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 Day(April 25th) when the World War I Gallipoli campaign is commemorated. More...

Transport & Tours

You can easily come to Çanakkale on your own car or bus, and perhaps even by planeMore...

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 tripsMore...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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