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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 — Çanakkale 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.

Çanakkale 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 onward, 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. Toward 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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    Accommodation choices for Çanakkale

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

    • 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

      Medium

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

    Ideas for experiencing Çanakkale

    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 Çanakkale, and which use the best local guides.

    • Private tour of Pergamon Acropolis and Asclepion
      Pergamon Asclepion

      Private tour of Pergamon Acropolis and 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.

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