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Canakkale, Turkey Cruises

Take a voyage to the beautiful port of Canakkale on the coast of the Dardanelles, close to Gallipoli and the site of the legendary city of Troy. Historically the city of Canakkale was known for its Ottoman fortress and later gained a reputation for producing distinctive plates and pottery in a fluted, organic style – earning it the name of Canak Kalesi, ‘the Pot Fortress'.

Sightseeing in Canakkale

Canakkale has been the site of numerous historic conflicts, and visitors will find plenty of reminders of this during their time in this now-peaceful city – from the city's old fortress to numerous memorials and statues, and even a couple of Trojan horses.

Gelibolu Historic National Park

This picturesque site is the best place to see the monuments and memorials to the half-million lives lost during the Gallipoli conflict of the First World War. A guided excursion might typically start in the park, before continuing to the area of the peninsula dedicated to troops from Australia and New Zealand who fought in the battle. The tour includes stops at the English, French and Turkish memorials, as well as visits to cemeteries and the Australian memorial where you'll have the chance to lay a wreath in remembrance of the lives lost.


Whether you're a movie lover or a fan of ancient history, you can't afford to miss an excursion to this area at the entrance of the Dardanelles. Taking a guided tour you'll be able to visit the site of ancient Troy, the location of one of history's most enduring legends – and still home even now to a Trojan horse replica. Wandering the site you'll be able to see the foundations of ancient homes, a theatre and a temple – and find yourself staring at the architectural footprints of ancient history. For more information, you can see a more famous Trojan horse by the ferry pier, complete with a model of the ancient city.

Canakkale Archaeological Museum

A short drive from the site of Troy is Canakkale's Archaelogiocal Musuem, where you'll be able to continue your tour of ancient history with a chance to see many of the artefacts uncovered in the ruins. Other exhibitions include fine wooden furniture from the 1800s, once used in stately homes in the region, as well as pottery dating back to the Ottoman era.

Shopping in Canakkale

Your first port of call when hitting the shops of Canakkale should be the local pottery, ranging from plates and jugs to charming animals and figurines. You'll find many of the city's pottery vendors in modest roadside shops – or else be on the lookout for delicious local baklava, or the ubiquitous presence of high-quality olives and olive oil.

Eating out in Canakkale

You're bound to have an appetite after your adventures in Canakkale, and what could be better than a taste of the local fare and refreshments? Stick around the waterfront to find the trendier bars and bistros, or dine on fresh seafood with local wine at one of the city's many beautiful restaurants.

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