After some weekends in Istanbul, we needed some peace and quiet and we found it 300km away.
Gallipoli Peninsula it is between the Marmara Sea and the Aegean Sea forming the Dardanelles straight, and there was a battle between the Ottoman Empire supporting Germany during y World War I and the Allies Forces. Britain, France, Australia and New Zeeland troops launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula, with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The campaign is considered one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the war.
At the moment the area is full of monuments commemoration that war and its army. It also has a simulation center that explained the history mostly from one side. If you like this type of history you would enjoy it a lot.
We spent our nights in Çanakkale full of restaurants with good mezes and raki as well as a great vibe.
But what we enjoyed the most was Bozcaada island. It is an island that that belonged to the Byzantines to the Venetians and in 1455 to the Ottoman Empire, it was mentioned in the Iliad. In the tourist guides suggest to visit a lighthouse but it is in a protected area and you can’t really get there.
The most particular thing about the island is that they make their own wine, but most wineries are only open during high season (from May to September) and it looked like a charming ghost village.