Top Ten Turkey Classic Adventures

Explore the Gallipoli Battlefields

During the First World War, the Gallipoli peninsula near Canakkale hosted a disastrous military campaign, which ended in the deaths of more than 250,000 soldiers, many of them Australians and New Zealanders. These days it's a pilgrimage site for young Aussies and Kiwis who flock to visit the cemeteries, especially over ANZAC Day (April 25). Visit the site on an organized tour out of Canakkale or take the ferry across and then explore them on foot—the perfect way to go, given the natural beauty of the site, the quantity of monuments, and the prospect of pausing for a swim and a picnic along the way. To see everything would take several days (camp on the local beaches along the way). Do yourself a favor and avoid the week around ANZAC Day, when every bed for miles around will have been snapped up.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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