Gelibolu is a peninsula between the Bay of Saros and the Dardanelles. The peninsula is the site of extensive First World War battlefields and has memorials to the half-million men on both sides who died in that war. It is a commemorative site for the Allied (then British Commonwealth and France) plus the Turkish Forces who fought, died and were wounded there. Must sees include: The Cannakale Martyrs Memorial, The Helles Memorial, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, New Zealand Chunuk Bair Memorıal, Ataturk Statue and the 57thTurkish Regiment.
The victory over the Allies is celebrated on 18 March, annually as the Çanakkale Victory. The 1915 landings and battles are commemorated by Australians and New Zealanders on Anzac Day, 25 April, every year.
In addition to the battlesites, there are plenty of pleasant vistas to be enjoyed in the peninsula, including pine forests, views over the sea from hilltops, and beautiful oliveyards along the roadsides. Gelibolu National Park visitors centre has excellent displays relating to the natural history of the peninsula.
Gulf of Saros is an inlet of the northern Aegean Sea located north of the Gelibolu Peninsula. Far from industrialized areas and with its self-cleaning capacity, it is a popular summer recreation resort with sandy strands and crystal-clear sea. Scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing and fishing are the most practiced water sports here from June to September. The Archipelago of Saros is in the gulf consisting the three small islands. There is no sense of danger and Gelibolu is a very safe destination; local people are friendly and welcoming towards visitors. Gelibolu Whirling Dervish Lodge is another important place.
Population: According to the 2013 census, the population of Gelibolu is 43.345.
How to get there:
Gelibolu is easy to reach using highway and relevant ports. There are good road connections with the peninsula. Ferries are operated by GESTAŞ and run regularly throughout the day and night. Use the link below to view the full timetable and routes: