The province of Çanakkale lies in the northwest of Turkey on both sides of the Dardanelles (the ancient Hellespont), a strait which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea. Its shores touch both Europe and Asia.
The region offers numerous attractions for visitors, including natural treasures and some remarkable historic and archeological sites, the most famous of which is the ancient city of Troy Archaeologists say there are up to 200 ancient sites in Çanakkale,,There are also many Ottoman structures still standing; castles, bridges, mosques, mansions and Turkish baths. In the villages and towns, centuries-old crafts, cooking and styles of dress can still be seen. There are also lots of uncrowded corners where you can paddle along the shore, stretch out on the sand, scuba dive or just park yourself in the shade, and gaze out at the sea.. When night falls, most of the socialising takes place on or near the seafront, where there are cafes, bars, tea gardens to suit everyone’s taste
The ancient city of Troy which has been the main theme of the epic poem Iliada and Odyssey by Homeros, one of the most famous poets of the antique world, and which is known as the place where the Great Troy battle took place stands within the boundaries of Çanakkale. It has been identified that this city was founded in the year 3000 BC and existed until 400 AD. Troy is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The small village Assos, where Aristotle lived and taught for more than three years, is the famous Temple of Athena built in the 6th century BC. The panoramic view of the Gulf from the top of the acropolis is breathtaking. The area also features an Ottoman mosque, fortress and bridge built in the 14th century. In Gulpinar village, you can see the Apollo Smintheus Temple, the setting for the first episode of Homer’s Iliad.
Mount Ida National Park is one of the natural treasures of Canakkale province. According to Greek mythology, the mountain was the site of the beauty contest between Aphrodite, Hera and Athenaİ. In the Gulf of Edremit, the air is claimed to have one of the highest concentrations of oxygen in the world. Around the province there are thermal spas in small towns where a variety of ailments are treated
Historic National Park of Gelibolu Peninsula honors the half a million Turkish and foreign soldier who died in Gallipoli during the First World War. It features memorials, monuments and war cemeteries. It also has natural attractions including dramatic cliffs, a salt lake, sandy beaches and green hills. It is one of the United Nation’s Parks and Protection Areas.
Some of the most popular sandy beaches in Canakkale are Ayazma, Poyraz and Igdelik. The islands of Gokceada and Bozcaada are attractive destinations which are surrounded by the Aegean Sea. Bozcaada features beaches, vineyards, camping facilities, small hotels, seefood restaurants, historic Greek architecture, and Bozcaada Castle, which dates back to Phoenician times. Gokceada is ringed with bays and features green hills covered with pine and olive trees, natural springs and historic monasteries.