Imbued with myth and legend, Canakkale is a bustling university town with a fascinating past that is sure to captivate anyone who ventures through. Although Canakkale is often used as a platform for visiting the nearby battlefields of Gallipoli and the ancient ruins of Troy, this town is well deserving of some attention as it has a lot to offer of its own. With a number of different cultural influences present in the landscape of the town, most noticeably from the Greek, Jewish and Armenian communities, the town is as diverse as it is striking and should be explored in depth by those passing through.Read More
One of the main features in Canakkale is the huge prop Trojan Horse that was donated to the town after the filming of Brad Pitt's blockbuster 'Troy'. It is located on the boardwalk, right at the heart of the city. History nerds and film buffs alike relish in the chance to snap a photo with this equestrian icon before heading to the Canakkale Archaeology Museum. This museum boasts a range of intriguing artifacts that have been excavated from the nearby historical sites and does a lot to bring to life what those areas were like back in their hey day.
In addition to the ancient history that pervades every corner of Canakkale, the much more recent event of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops during WWI is commemorated at various sites in the surrounding area. ANZAC Cove is the most significant of these sites as it marks the exact location the troops landed in Turkey. In the centre of Canakkale, visitors can ogle at the impressive, Italian-built clock tower and treat themselves to a gourmet meal at one of the authentic Turkish restaurants that line the streets.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Canakkale
If you are planning a Canakkale holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
The Kervansaray is a Greek style hotel, housed with an old mansion, with a beautiful garden cafe. The rooms are a good size and are simply but comfortably furnished. An open buffer breakfast is laid out each morning in the leafy courtyard, enabling guests to stock up on energy before heading out to explore the sights and sounds of the exciting town of Canakkale. The hotel is located at the centre of Canakkale just 70 metres from the historical Clock Tower.
Kolin Hotel Canakkale
Looking out across the Dardanelles, the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the roof bar, overlooking the beautiful strait, is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.
Canakkale Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Canakkale.