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Turkey's other city that straddles two continents is the gateway the Gallipoli WWI battlefields
Istanbul is not the only city in Turkey to span two continents. Straddling the Dardanelles Strait, the nearby city of Canakkale also shares that distinction, and like Istanbul, its strategic location has defined Canakkale throughout its history. The area is most famous for its importance during World War I, and the ensuing battles at and around Gallipoli continue to reverberate in present-day Canakkale, with rolling battlefields and graveyards commemorated at the nearby Anzac Cove, which is a national park in Turkey. Nearby, more ancient history makes an appearance through the presumed site of Troy, which is marked by a much more modern wooden Trojan Horse. Canakkale is an ideal jumping-off point for exploring the vast history of the area.
Route for Canakkale tour
The city of Canakkale is a mix of modern Turkey and historical influence. Yacht and cruise ships call at its active port. The dramatic Dardanelles feel ever-present, with the water always feeling nearby on the peninsula. Offshore is the island of Gokceada, a picturesque escape from mainland Turkey which is most easily accessible from Canakkale and the Gallipoli Peninsula. Canakkale is a moving, complicated place, and its violent history draws people from all over the world to pay their respects.

Where to stay in Canakkale

There's a wide choice of accommodation in Canakkale but picking the best place can be hard if you don't know the city. We've hand-picked the very best options with respect to location and price levels, so you can be sure you'll be staying somewhere that's perfect for you. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Modern seaside hotel in Canakkale
Modern seaside hotel
A hotel in a central location with sea views, excellent breakfast, and spacious comfortable rooms.
Modern seaside hotel in Canakkale
Modern seaside hotel
A hotel in a great location, close to the ferries and the city center, with a rich buffet breakfast made of natural and regional products.
Iconic luxury hotel in Canakkale
Iconic luxury hotel
Art surrounds this beautiful place, while the staff is professional, kind, and friendly, always ready to go the extra mile for the guests' comfort.

Things to do in Canakkale

Troy Half-Day Group Tour
Troy Half-Day Group Tour
Gallipoli Half-Day Group Tour
Gallipoli Half-Day Group Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Canakkale

How long should I stay in Canakkale?
Two days is a perfect amount of time to spend in Canakkale if you are mainly planning on visiting the Anzac sites, while 3 or 4 days might be better if you plan to explore more of the area around Canakkale. The shortest trip to Canakkale should probably be one night, two days.
When is the best time to visit Canakkale?
The most popular time to visit Canakkale is at the end of April, when visitors from Australia and New Zealand come to celebrate Anzac Day at the Anzac Cove. The spring and autumn are the nicest times to visit, though summer is also lovely, especially if you can get to the sea.
How do I get around Canakkale?
There are buses and minibuses that move around within Canakkale. The easiest and most convenient way to get to the Anzac Cove from Canakkale is to hire a car and drive there, or be driven there, as part of a guided tour. On Anzac Day, there are buses that transport the many visitors to the cove.
Is Canakkale safe?
Canakkale is very safe. The city itself has low crime rates and the Anzac area is popular with tourists, but spacious and not dangerous. Like most places in Turkey, it is a very safe place to visit. While it is always good to keep an eye on your belongings, petty crime is not a serious issue here.
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