Çanakkale Flight Ticket and City Guide

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Founded on the skirts of the Mount Ida, the city has a fertile and rich vegetation and a privileged place in the history of the country. Meanwhile, the Tenedos and Imbros islands maintain the island culture. Çanakkale, with vegetable dishes, rich salads and seafood, responds to every taste. International festivals and annual Anzac Commemoration Ceremonies have made Çanakkale a famous city around the world. Our Çanakkale guide will be useful for you if you want to have a cultural trip while enjoying the sea, leaving aside the traditional understanding of a holiday.

History of Çanakkale

Established on the straits that divide Asia from Europe, Çanakkale is a neighbor of Balıkesir in the east and south east, Edirne in the north west, Tekirdağ and Marmara Sea in the north, and Aegean Sea in the west.

The city was named “Troas” in ancient times, and first traces of human settlement in the area date back to 1200 BC. The rich and fertile vegetation on the skirts of Mount Ida have made the area favorable for agriculture and livestock breeding.

In 3000-1200 BC the area was known as the Trojan settlement. The Trojan wars started in 1200 BC, and the Achaeans arrived in the region. The war of Troy and its consequences are depicted in the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” written by the folk poet and historian Homer of Smyrna. The Hellenic civilization was turned into a trade colony in 750-550 BC, and established many cities. The region was later ruled by the Lydians, until it was occupied by the Persians in mid-6th century BC. . . In 334 BC Alexander the Great launched a campaign against the Persians, and passed the Dardanelles Strait and arrived in Troas, which ended the Persian rule. In 3 BC, the Celts who emigrated from the Balkans due to economic hardships, passed the Dardanelles Strait and seized the rule in the region. In 280-188 BC, the Seleucians, and in 190BC the Pergamons seized the area, until it was finally affiliated to the Roman Empire upon the will of the King of Pergamon.

After the division of the Roman Empire in 395, the Çanakkale region remained under the rule of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Turks seized the area during the Ottoman era. During the reign of Murat I, the Ottomans seized all coasts of Anatolia; however, full control over the Strait was only achieved after the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet II.

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942 km2

Population

513.341

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24.09.2017
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1. Visit the famous Troy Monument.

2. Visit all locations and monuments of the Gallipoli war.

3. Join the bird observers in Yenice district.

4. Watch the yacht races in summer months.

5. Taste the lamb stewed with lettuce and fennel on Imbros island.

History

Established on the straits that divide Asia from Europe, Çanakkale is a neighbor of Balıkesir in the east and south east, Edirne in the north west, Tekirdağ and Marmara Sea in the north, and Aegean Sea in the west.

The city was named “Troas” in ancient times, and first traces of human settlement in the area date back to 1200 BC. The rich and fertile vegetation on the skirts of Mount Ida have made the area favorable for agriculture and livestock breeding.

In 3000-1200 BC the area was known as the Trojan settlement. The Trojan wars started in 1200 BC, and the Achaeans arrived in the region. The war of Troy and its consequences are depicted in the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” written by the folk poet and historian Homer of Smyrna. The Hellenic civilization was turned into a trade colony in 750-550 BC, and established many cities. The region was later ruled by the Lydians, until it was occupied by the Persians in mid-6th century BC. . . In 334 BC Alexander the Great launched a campaign against the Persians, and passed the Dardanelles Strait and arrived in Troas, which ended the Persian rule. In 3 BC, the Celts who emigrated from the Balkans due to economic hardships, passed the Dardanelles Strait and seized the rule in the region. In 280-188 BC, the Seleucians, and in 190BC the Pergamons seized the area, until it was finally affiliated to the Roman Empire upon the will of the King of Pergamon. After the division of the Roman Empire in 395, the Çanakkale region remained under the rule of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Turks seized the area during the Ottoman era. During the reign of Murat I, the Ottomans seized all coasts of Anatolia; however, full control over the Strait was only achieved after the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet II.

Places to Visit

You can start your trip with a city tour around Çanakkale.

Çanakkale Naval Museum (Military Museum): The museum, located at the city center, will take you to the days of the Gallipoli War. The museum hosts a mockup of the Nusret Minelayer at its original size, and various weapons used during the war.

Troy Monument (Sculpture of Troy): One of the first works to come to mind in Çanakkale is the Sculpture of Troy, which reflects history to our present day at the entrance of the Ancient City of Troy. The Troy Sculpture, which was used in the film “Troy” in 2004, has been gifted to the city by the director, and is currently exhibited on the seaside.

Ancient City of Troy: Located near the Tevfikiye and Çıplak villages, the Ancient City of Troy was used as a settlement in 3000-25000 BC. In the ancient city, which has embraced countless civilizations, the archeological excavations are underway. The city has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998.

Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park: You can access the Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park after passing to the European side of the city on a ferry. The park, which has been accessible since 1973, is located on an area of 33,000 hectares, and is home to the graves of 60,000 Turkish and 250,000 foreign fighters.

Seyit Onbaşı Monument: The monument has been erected in memory of Seyit Onbaşı, who helped to destroy the Ocean warship with a 276-kilogram cannonball he carried on his own and gained the rank of “corporal” for this achievement. It is located on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Çanakkale Martyrs’ Monument: The monument was erected in memory of Turkish soldiers who died during the Gallipoli War, and has been accessible since 1960. The monument is one of the sites where you will experience sentimental moments during your trip.

Natural Beauties

Mount Ida, which was listed as a national park in 1994, has a very rich vegetation. The forests of fir, beech and Ida abies, stretching from the skirts of the mountain to its heights, are very rare areas. The Biga Mountains also have a very rich vegetation. The mountains are covered with forests of Calabrian pine, mossy oak and black larch. The galanthus of Troy, which is also mentioned in the “Iliad” also lives on these mountains. This flower is named after the ancient Trojan region and is an endemic species.

Migration Route of Birds: Çanakkale stands out with its animal species living in the ecological system as well as its vegetation. It location on the route of migrant birds and its vast wetlands in forests have helped to strengthen the wildlife. Almost half of all birds migrating to Europe, Asia and Africa fly over Çanakkale. Furthermore, Çanakkale stands out with the richness of its sea life.

Tenedos: One of the two islands in Çanakkale, Tenedos is amazing with its lovely coasts, bays and beaches. The most famous beach on the island is Ayazma. Furthermore, beautiful bays around the island are perfect destinations for divers.

Yenice Forest: Located in the Yenice district, these forests are unique attractions for mountain trekking, thermal tourism, nature sports, bird observation and eco-tourism.

Culture & Art

Bow and pay attention, this mute mass is the place where a nation’s heart beats!” Çanakkale hosts international Troia Festival every year, starting on August 10 and lasting for a week with a rich content, featuring musical shows, plays, panels and exhibitions. The festival also hosts the “Homer Science, Culture and Arts Awards” which has been held since 2002 in the name of the great philosopher.

International Culture and Arts Festival, which is held by Ayvacık Municipality, takes place on the third week of July until the first week of August. Apollon Smintheon Festival, held by Gülpınar Municipality on 1-15 August, Zeus Culture and Arts Festival, held by Küçükkuyu Municipality on 15-17 August, and Assos Performance Arts Festival held by the Assos Foundation during the first week of October, are the other events.

Local people of some areas in Bayramiç celebrate the “hidrellez” (spring festival) at picnic areas, by cooking bread fermented with chickpeas, which is called “simit lokumu”, and goat shawarma.

Troia Festival Beauty Contest is held every year in Ayazma, Bayramiç, to preserve the tradition which was described in Iliad by Homer.

The Biga International Archery Festival aims to maintain the archery sport through riding, archery and javelin competitions.

The Ayazma Fair is celebrated every year on 26th of July at the Hagia Paraskevi Monastery, in the name of the Saint Paraskevi. The celebration later continues in the garden of the monastery.

Tenedos Island also hosts yacht competitions in the second week of July every year. The competition is held in the name of Naval Command.

What to Eat?

The kitchen of Çanakkale will offer you various delicacies with seafood and different sorts of salad. Ovmaç soup, tomato and tarhana soup, scorpion fish and spinach soup, tumbi, spinach roll, çırpma, tiken and other dishes offer different delicacies from the rich vegetation of Çanakkale. Seafood, such as priest stew, salted sardines, stuffed mussels, and salads such as sea beans, roasted peppers and octopus salad are enjoyable dishes. The most popular dessert in the city is the cheese halva and “mafiş”.

The kitchen culture of the islands has a remarkable influence on Çanakkale cuisine. Seafood, olive oil dishes and grapes are very important in the cuisine of Tenedos. Sardines wrapped in vine leaves, tomato jam and stinger pancake are the first to come to mind in the island cuisine.

The cuisine of Imbros, like Tenedos, is a mixture of the Turkish and Greek food culture. Goat cooked with a special method and lamb stewed with lettuce and fennel are the prominent delicacies of the island.

Fish also has a very important role in the island culture. Octopus stew in olive oil, spinach calamari, baked potato and fish, sea urchin in garlic, lemon and thyme, shrimp salad and swordfish in olive oil are the main delicacies of the island. The wines made of local grapes are also very delicious. Tomato and black mulberry jam, Efibadem cookies, mortar coffee, black mulberry ice cream and mastic pudding are the delicacies that every visitor on the island should taste.

You can have a cup of tea while enjoying the bird’s view landscape of Çanakkale at the café inside the Özgürlük Park, located on the Lovers’ Hill, which is the highest location in the city.

Mori Bistro: Mori Bistro is the favorite place for those who want to start the day with a mixed breakfast. You can enjoy your breakfast with a nice view of the sea, and start your trip in the best way possible.

Cafeka: If you stay at the city center and look for a nice place for lunch, Cafeka is waiting for you. Countless menu options and friendly staff distinguish this restaurant from the others, and will make it one of your favorite places in Çanakkale.

Akol Fish Restaurant: If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the fishes, which is an indispensable part of the island culture, while watching a unique view, Akol Fish Restaurant is the best option. The restaurant can be preferred for lunch or dinner, and draws tourists with its different atmosphere.

Shopping

The place is an Ottoman market built in 1890, and was originally called “Passage Hallio”. All visitors to the city always stop by at this market, which has been named after the mirrors facing each other at the entrance. The market was completely destroyed during the Gallipoli War, and was later rebuilt in 1967. You should visit this market where you can find souvenirs and local food products.

The city center, which is constantly developing, has several modern shopping malls, such as Çanakkale CarrefourSA, Kipa, Esas 17 Burda, Kıyı AVM, Part Plus, and Troypark Şehir. When you come to Çanakkale, you can taste and even buy some of the famous cheese halva in the city center or on the coast. You can also purchase antiques, ceramic pots and pans, and wines made of local island grapes from the stores at the city center. You can buy the corn poppy syrup or Turkish delight and cookies made of corn poppy in Tenedos, or varieties of cheese in Ezine. You can find hand-woven carpets in Ayvalık and Bayramiç, or buy souvenirs, trinkets, jewelry and ceramic as well as authentic products from the stores at the city center. You can also find figures representing the history of Çanakkale at these stores.

At the Historical National Parks Area in the Gallipoli Peninsula, you can buy figures, clothes and souvenirs of the Gallipoli war.

Special Days and Festivals

The events are held at the Çimenlik Castle, Seaside, Cumhuriyet Square and the graveyard of martyrs. The Anzac Day is held on 24-25 April in Çanakkale. The grandchildren of the Anzacs who fought against the Turks in the Gallipoli war come to Çanakkale to participate in the Dawn Mass at the Anzac Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25th of April, and they hold a commemoration ceremony for their losses at dawn.

Imbros Island hosts the Easter events in the springtime, starting with a mass at the central church in the morning and continuing in the garden of the church. Furthermore, Imbros also has a Film Festival. Besides, The Virgin Mary Festival of 14-16 August is held on 15th of August in Tepeköy every year.

Gallipolis Peninsula holds the traditional International Sardine Festival, which is dedicated to the famous fish of the strait. The festival which is held in July features famous artists from various countries.

The weekend of 18-20 December is full of the events of the International Film Festival in Çanakkale. The film festival features panels and symposium as well as film screenings.

Every district of Çanakkale is home to various festivals and special celebrations with a very rich content. Among these, the Hidrellez (beginning of the spring) Festival is held on the first Sunday after 6th of May. The festivals are organized simultaneously. On the eve of the Hidrellez, a giant pyre is made and participants jump over the pyre.

Furthermore, the beach volley tournament at the end of June is held on the Dalyan Beach, and attracts many national and international players.

Accommodation

Furthermore Büyük Truva Hotel, Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale Kervansaray Hotel, Anzac Hotel, The City Residence, and Artur Hotel are good options for local and foreign tourists.

Health care tourism as well as eco-tourism is very important in Çanakkale. Ayvacık-Tuzla Thermal Springs will be a perfect option for you if you are looking for a thermal source of healing. Tuzla Thermal Springs offer facilities for natural hot water as well as mud baths.

Assos is the leading location among the seaside tourism destinations in Ayvacık. The hotels and motels in Assos offer an extraordinary holiday experience.

If you choose to stay on the Imbros island, remember to visit the five Greek villages of Dereköy, Kale Köy, Tepeköy, Zeytinli, and Eski Bademli which have been listed as protected sites. Castle Otel, Gökçeada Vineyard Houses, and Değirmen Donuk House can be preferred for accommodation. Imbros island has many large and small bays created by erosion of the land by the sea. The famous bay is the Yıldızkoy, which is the first Underwater National Park in Turkey.

If you want a camping holiday by setting up your own tent, Aydıncık coast will be the best option for you. Aydıncık beach is one of the favorite destinations of those who are fans of surfing or who want to try their chance with this sport. You can see tourists surfing in the sea almost in every season of the year.

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