Çanakkale (pot fortress) is a small seaside town in the Çanakkale province; the town is located on the Asian side of the Dardanelles straits that connect the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean. Çanakkale's most famous landmark is the nearby ruined city of Troy (Truva) because of this you will see a large wooden horse as you walk along the promenade originally used for the film version of Troy and later donated to the town.The promenade is pleasant for a stroll and there are many cafes and restaurants in which you can sit and watch nautical traffic meandering up and down the Dardanelles, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. The Dardanelles straits have always been of huge strategic importance as it provides the only access to the black sea. You can get frequent ferries from Çanakkale to the Gallipoli peninsular (Gelibolu) on the opposite side of the straits, the site of the tragic battle of Gallipoli in WWI. The town’s hotels fill up around April the 25th every year with veterans and the descendents of veterans from Australia and New Zealand coming to pay their respects on Anzac day at the Anzac Commemorative Site.
In Çanakkale you will also find Çanakkale Marina with moorings and 24 hour attendant, a small museum and an acceptable amount of adequate hotels, although remember to book early if going around or for ANZAC Day. There is also a military base towards the north of the town so try not to irritate the guards by taking photos.
Getting there: As usual it is possible to catch a bus from the otogar (bus station) in Istanbul on a fairly regular basis, sea buses are also available from Istanbul. Hiring a car and driving up and down the Aegean coast can be a nice way to see the area.