Tourism in Çanakkale
Çanakkale: Where History, Culture, Mythology and Nature Coalesce
Çanakkale’s assets include the Gallipoli Historical Area, with its historical, cultural and moral assets; many archaeological assets and cultural heritage, especially the Troy Ancient City; Assos, which was home to Aristotle’s academy of philosophy; Bozcaada (Tenedos), known for its important vineyards and viniculture; Gökçeada (Imbros), famous for its untouched nature, organic products and harmonious multi-culturalism; Mount Ida, with its rich flora and fauna; and the Gulf of Saros,with its broad range of living species.
Çanakkale with its All-seasons Tourism Potential
Based on its coastline and its islands; its historical, cultural and moral values; and its biodiversity and geothermal resources, Çanakkale has a robust tourism potential. Çanakkale, where natural, cultural and historical elements coalesce, is a province in which its all-seasons tourism potential can be utilized and where tourism activities can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The First Place in Which to Make Tourism Investments
Çanakkale hosts many tourism activities, not only with its sea, sand and sun, but also its historical and cultural values that coalesce with the relaxing effect of nature.
Based on the number of tourists it hosts throughout the year, Çanakkale is among Turkey’s leading provinces in the tourism sector, offering various opportunities to entrepreneurs who are planning to invest in tourism.
With Blue Flag Beaches and Islands, Çanakkale: A Frequent Destination for Tourists in Coastal Tourism
Çanakkale’s coastline measures 671 km. Çanakkale has 11 Blue Flag beaches, which are beaches that have been recognized for their quality and meet the required standards*.
Ayvacık, which is the district in Çanakkale with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches; and Bozcaada (Tenedos) and Gökçeada (Imbros), where the natural and cultural heritage are in harmony increase the attraction of the province in the summer.
Variety of Alternative Tourism Based on Sea
Çanakkale offers many opportunities for tourists to engage in different water sports, such as surfing, kite surfing, underwater diving, sportive hand-line fishing.
Thanks to its wealth of living species and sunken rocks, the Gulf of Saros is a favorite among divers.
Gökçeada (Imbros) and Bozcaada (Tenedos), as popular attraction points among tourists, have many beaches ready to be discovered as well as diving sites.
Gökçeada (Imbros), which is the first and only slow island in the world with its title of Cittaslow and hosts different cultural motifs together, is a favorite spot for those who love kite and wind surfing.
With its Babakale village, the Gulf of Saros and the beaches of Bozcaada (Tenedos), Çanakkale has many places suitable for sportive hand-line fishing.
As a result of the previous and ongoing infrastructure investments in sea transport and the cruise ships it currently hosts, Çanakkale offers important opportunities for yacht and cruise tourism.
Çanakkale, with its Rich Historical and Cultural Heritage
Having hosted many different civilizations from ancient times to the present day, Çanakkale attracts tourists with its rich historical and cultural heritage. The remains of many ancient settlement can be found in the region, which is known as the Ancient Troas Region, and now covers the Biga peninsula. The ancient cities of Assos, Parion, Alexandria Troas and, most notably, Troy, which is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are just some of the important assets of cultural heritage that can be found in Çanakkale.
Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, Aynalı Çarşı (Mirror Bazaar), Çimenlik Kalesi (Çimenlik Castle) and Kilitbahir Kalesi (Kilitbahir Castle) are among the other historical and cultural assets that can be found in the province.
Culture and Tourism Conservation and Development Regions and Tourism Centers are declared by the Council of Ministers in order to conserve and develop areas with touristic value. Bureaucratic processes are reduced to encourage investments in tourism in these regions, and it is ensured that investments are made promptly. Investments in tourism in such areas can benefit from the 5th region incentives granted by the Ministry of Economy under the Incentive System.
There are eight tourism centers with thermal, nature and coastal themes, and one culture and tourism conservation and development region with a coastal theme in Çanakkale.
The Right Address for Thermal Tourism Investments
The surface temperature values of the geothermal energy resources in Çanakkale vary between 23 and 96.2°C. The geothermal resources located in the Tuzla quarter of the Ayvacık district have the highest recorded temperatures in Çanakkale, at 96.2°C surface and 174°C pit bottom temperatures.
Thermal springs such as Tuzla, Kestanbol, Külcüler, Hıdırlar, Tepeköy and Kırkgeçit are among the thermal springs that bring Çanakkale to the forefront in thermal tourism. There are 6 thermal facilities in total in Çanakkale, 3 of which are located in the district of Çan and the other 3 that are located in the districts of Biga, Ezine and Bayramiç. The total bed capacity of these thermal facilities was 626 as of 2016.*
Çanakkale for Nature Lovers
The ever-changing understanding of tourism has helped in the development of both coastal and alternative tourism.
With its natural beauty, rich vegetation and favorable climate , Çanakkale has high potential for ecotourism.
Çanakkale offers many opportunities for ecotourism, such as bird and wildlife watching, trekking and agro-tourism.
Ecotourism for Nature Lovers
The villages of Yeşilyurt, Adatepe and Nusratlı are among the most important ecological tourism assets in Çanakkale, with unique landscapes where the local architectural and natural textures are preserved and blue and green coalesce.
Çanakkale, especially the districts of Ayvacık, Bozcaada and Bayramiç, hosts ecological farms where both the natural and cultural riches are preserved and awareness about nature conservation and ecological life is raised.
Çanakkale hosts many alternative tourism activities, such as educational activities on ecology, permaculture and ecological architecture, camps for children and yoga camps
ÇThe authentic tastes of the local cuisine that coalesce with olive oil have made Çanakkale a taste destination for gastronomy lovers.
Çanakkale has not only fertile soil but also a prosperous sea, and offers various options to those looking for different tastes. The province also hosts a variety of activities in which local tastes play
a major part.
Çanakkale is known for its healthy diet, incorporating good quality natural agricultural ingredients produced by organic farming and good agriculture practices, which are today more common.
Local foods such as Ezine cheese, and Bayramiç’s nectarines and apples are registered with geographical indications, and help improve gastronomy tourism in Çanakkale.
Çanakkale’s Protected Areas
The Troy Historical National Park*: The Troy Historical National Park is home to Troy, immortalized in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, with a nine-layered culture and more than 40 settlement periods. Today, one can partake in such activities as cycling, picnics, trekking, photography, wildlife watching, camping, tableland tourism, rock climbing and bird watching.
Ayazma Spring Natural Park*: According to mythology, the Ayazma Spring Natural Park, located on Mount Ida, is where the world’s first beauty contest took place. Today, it is a frequent destination of nature lovers thanks to its recreation area in the middle of the forest, its distinctive flora and fauna, its cold water springs and its fresh air.
The Gulf of Saros: Special Protected Area**: Known for its underwater treasure, the Gulf of Saros hosts 144 types of fish, 78 types of marine plants and 34 types of marine sponges, and offers different opportunities for those who are interested in underwater activities. The Gulf of Saros and its coastline has been declared a Special Protected Area with the aim of preserving its geomorphological, ecological, floristic, biogenetical and touristic assets and landscapes.
* Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks
**Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, General Directorate of Natural Resources Conservation
As of 2016, the total number of facilities offering accommodation with tourism operation licenses or municipality certificates in Çanakkale was 623.
Of these, 67 have tourism operation licenses and 556 have municipality certificates.
Of these, 19,000 are in facilities with municipality certificates whereas 6,099 are in facilities with tourism operation licenses.
A breakdown of the bed capacity among the different districts reveals that Ayvacık, Central Çanakkale and Bozcaada are the top three districts.
Domestic and Foreign Tourists
Between 2011 and 2015, an increase was witnessed in the number of visitors staying in facilities with tourism operation licenses in Çanakkale.
In 2016, the total number of visitors staying in facilities with tourism operation licenses was 373,943, 64,949 of whom had come from abroad, and 308,994 of whom were domestic tourists.
In 2016, the average duration of stay in facilities with tourism operation licenses was 1.56.
Foreign Visitor’s Profile
When the international distribution of visitors who visited Çanakkale and stayed in facilities with tourism operation licenses between 2011 and 2016 is examined, it can be seen that Australia is among the top three visitor countries. This can be attributed to the Anzac Memorial Ceremonies organized annually in April.
People’s Republic of China showed an increase in ranking between 2011 and 2016, and ranked first in terms of incoming visitors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
A Climate that Makes All-seasons Tourism Possible
Çanakkale has a semi-humid climate. With a climate under marine climate effect, Çanakkale has an average temperature of 15°C. The hottest months are July, with an average temperature of 25°C, and August with an average of 24.9°C. The lowest temperature is in January, with an average of 6.2°C.
National and International Memorial Events
As one of the most important symbols of national independence and a heroic saga, Çanakkale hosts events organized for the 18 March Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day on an annual basis with the participation of high-level national and international dignitaries, domestic and foreign visitors and the press.
The Anzac Memorial Day Events, organized by Australia, New Zealand, the UK and France and hosted by Turkey in Çanakkale take place on the 24 th and 25 th of April each year.