Gallipoli, Turkey

Gallipoli, meaning ‘Beautiful City’, is in the Turkish Thrace (the European part of Turkey) between the Aegean Sea and the Dardanelles Strait. The Gallipoli Peninsula is the location of the ANZAC landing during World War I, and it holds great significance as an important memorial site.

The Port of Canakkale is the main maritime entry point to this region, and the closest port to Gallipoli that can accommodate cruise ships. Canakkale offers easy and inexpensive ferry access to Gallipoli, with 3 lines running daily.

Canakkale is well located in relation to the ancient city of Troy, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. As you sail into Canakkale keep an eye out for the larger-than-life model of the Trojan Horse, which presides over the waterfront promenade. This model was used in ‘Troy’, the blockbuster 2004 film.

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Port Location

This small Turkish seaport is located in the Canakkale Province on the southern coast of the Dardanelles (the Asian region of Turkey). It is a short drive from the town centre and 3 kilometres from the domestic airport, which operates flights to mainland Turkey. The waterfront promenade is accessible by foot.   

Port Facilities

The Port of Canakkale has no height restrictions, so it can accommodate large cruise ships.

Facilities include:

  • easy access to the waterfront promenade
  • close to bars, internet cafés and restaurants
  • most cruise lines will offer free shuttles into the centre
  • 400 metres to the ferry terminal for transfers to the Gallipoli Peninsula
  • 600 metres to the Military Museum
This is the closest port to the archaeological city of Troy and the Gallipoli Peninsula. It is visited by thousands of passengers every year.

How to Get Around 

There are 3 ferry options to reach the Gallipoli Peninsula from Canakkale; take a ferry to either Eceabat, Kilitbahir or Gelibolu. All 3 ferries run hourly and each will also require land transport to reach your destination.

The Eceabat and Kilitbahir ferries depart from Canakkale Port. Once you reach the Gallipoli Peninsula, the towns are located 25 and 29 kilometres respectively from the city of Gallipoli.

The Gelibolu ferry departs from the small port of Lapseki, which is 30 kilometres east of Canakkale. Lapseki operates ferries directly to the city of Gallipoli.

One-way fares for all ferries start from around 2 lira (A$1) per person. Tickets should be purchased at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

The ancient city of Troy is 30 kilometres from Canakkale. Minibuses operate between Canakkale bus station and Troy, and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. 

General Information

  • Currency - the currency in Gallipoli is the Turkish lira. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuru and 1 lira denominations. Notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200-lira denominations. 
  • Time Zone - Gallipoli uses Eastern European Time (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) is 3 hours ahead of UTC. 
  • Weather - Gallipoli has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and warm, rainy winters. Temperatures range from 28° Celsius in July and August to 9° Celsius in January and February.

Highlights

  • Gallipoli National Park - the Gallipoli Peninsula is remembered for a major defeat for the Allied Forces during World War 1. These days this beautiful, quiet park is dotted with memorials. It is also the site of the annual service for the thousands of members of the Australian and New Zealand forces who died there.
  • Canakkale Clock Tower - an icon of the waterfront, the 5-storey Ottoman clock tower located near the harbour dates back to 1897. It was funded solely by a Canakkale merchant, who bequeathed 100,000 gold francs for the purpose.
  • Anzac Cove - for Australians, Anzac Cove is the best-known site in Gallipoli. ANZAC troops landed at dawn and by afternoon the beach was crowded with the dead and wounded. Over the course of the battle more than 28,000 Australian soldiers were killed or injured. 
  • Archaeological site of Troy  - famous as the site of the Trojan War, the ancient city of Troy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a history dating back 4,000 years, Troy is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Excavations show this ancient city was built with foundations, theatres, a sewage system and bathhouses.
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