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Canakkale, Turkey

Located in a key position on the narrowest point of the Dardanelles — the stretch of water that connects the Sea of Marmara with the Mediterranean — Canakkale is a relatively small town, which is nevertheless growing yearly.

It has a large student population, and is used as a stopover point for people visiting the nearby Gallipoli Peninsula, accessed by taking a ferry north across the Dardanelles.

Canakkale itself is quite pleasant and a couple of hours can happily be spent exploring here. Beginning from the main ferry terminal in the middle of town is an attractive waterfront promenade, which then runs through a waterside park and onwards, past a large wooden Trojan horse sculpture that was left over from the 2004 film Troy. 

Close to the main square by the ferry terminal is a five-storey Ottoman clock tower surrounded by numerous small restaurants, and as you head away from this ferry terminal area you'll pass two impressive WWI cannons. Towards the south of the town is the striking Çimenlik Fortress (meaning 'meadow castle'). This was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror for the defence of Istanbul between 1461 and 1462, and now contains a Military Museum housing various weaponry from World War I.

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    Places near Canakkale

    Accommodation choices for Canakkale

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Canakkale. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Tusan Hotel, Canakkale

      Troia Tusan Hotel


      Located in a small village near to Cannakale, the Tusan Hotel is nestled within wooded grounds in a quiet area. Its rooms are large and comfortable and the restaurant's terrace looks out over the sea.

    • Parion Hotel, Canakkale

      Parion Hotel

      First Class

      The Parion Hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and offers the most deluxe accommodation in the area.

    • Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

      Kolin Hotel


      A short taxi-ride from the Canakkale city centre, the Kolin Hotel overlooks the Dardanelles and has spacious, well-equipped rooms.

    Ideas for experiencing Canakkale

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Canakkale, and which use the best local guides.

    • Pergamon Asclepion

      Private tour of Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion


      Take in what was once one of the most powerful settlements in the Middle East. Pergamon’s beauty and cultural importance is still evident today in the impressive mountainside Acropolis and the Asclepion.