This information centre is located about 2km north of Eceabat, overlooking Kilye Bay. This was the first place I stopped at on my Gallipoli driving tour and the centre includes lots of information on the Gallipoli campaign including photos, maps and a model of the peninsula. Not overly interesting as the Kabatepe Information Centre & Museum is...more
On the road south of Kilitbahir Fortress are a number of old earthen gun ramparts and concrete ammunition bunkers that form the impressive Namazgah Redoubt. They were built in the 1890s and formed, in 1915, part of the defence system of forts, ramparts and mines set up to prevent foreign naval passage of the straits. The great heavy cannon which...more
Directly across the Narrows of the Dardanelles lies the magnificent fortress of Kilitbahir, meaning the "Lock of the Sea". Like Cimenlik Castle at Canakkale, Kilitbahir was built by Sultan Mehmet II, the Conqueror, in 1452. The two fortresses guarded the Narrows from any fleet coming from Europe to assist Constantinople (Istanbul) then under siege...more
This is an open-air museum that's located between the sea and the main road, just south of the ferry terminal. It contains some memorial bronze sculpture, some rusty tools and such like that have been unearthed in the area that were used during the Gallipoli campaign, a panoramic battle scene, busts of Turkish generals, including, of course,...more
There's a strange green hill in the middle of Eceabat which I went to explore when I arrived, expecting it to hold some remnants of a fort or something. Alas, no or I don't think so as there are some stone structures on it and up against the foot of it but I have no idea what they once were. Anyway, the views from the top over the town are pretty...more
This restaurant is one of a few along the seafront, near the ferry terminal and I was the only one in here but then again it was early January! I had chicken shish kebab which wasn't too bad and other items from the small, one page menu include tripe meat soup, doner kebab, Iskender kebab, meatballs and steak. There's a huge, rather child-like Gallipoli battle scene on the wall, just to put you in the mood if you haven't been around the sites yet.
It has the word Pub on the window but felt more like a clinic waiting room but at least it sold beer - and cheap beer at that - TL3 for a large one. It's located just along from the ferry terminal on the sea front but has zero atmosphere even when the TV's turned on! Bit like the rest of Eceabat really....
The best way to get around all the memorials, museums and cemeteries is by car. I had my own car hire which I hired in Istanbul and I came to the Gallipoli peninsula from Edirne near the Bulgarian border. I stopped off at Gelibolu (Gallipoli town), about 40km north of Eceabat, before spending the night in Eceabat and then exploring the peninsula...more
If you're arriving on the Gallipoli peninsula from Canakkale, then you have two ferry options: one that arrives in Eceabat and other that arrives at Kilitbahir where the old fortress is located. The Canakkale-Eceabat ferry runs every hour on the hour from 7am-1am and then 3am & 5pm (with sailings every 30 minutes during the busy summer period). I...more
The whole Gelibolu Yarimadase is a monument to remember the fallen soldiers (British, French, Australian, New-Sealand en Turkish) in World War I. In Kabatepe you will find a museum and monument. It's also the startingpoint for a memorialtour along the beautiful shore. Nearly each 100 meter there is a monument with names of the fallen soldiers. The beautiful landscape and the many monuments for remembering the strong battle and the many fallen soldiers make you think.