Kemallı Village

During the declining period of the Selcuk era, Karasi Bey, one of the officials of the Selcuk army, set up a residential area here in 1350. The leader of the first inhabitants was Kemal Bey who brought 300 settlers to the village. There is a mosque dating from 1382 and a Turkish bath here in Kemalli. The buildings are good examples of early Ottoman architecture. The village is named after its founder Kemal Bey.

Canakkale is 55 km away and Ezine is 10km away. The main economy of the village is agriculture and farming. The current head of the village ( Muhtar ) is Ziya Erkol. The village benefits from a primary school, mains water and sewage and a Post Office ( PTT ) agency. There is a tarmac road servicing the village and established electric and telephone supply.

 

Geyikli

Geyikli is one of the administrative towns of the Ezine District in Canakkale. The most important feature of the town is its port which provides a ferry service to the island of Bozcaada. This service used to be provided through Odunluk Iskelesi but is now serviced through Yukyeri Iskelesi.

There are lots of summer houses or holiday homes around the shores of Geyikli. The sea is very clean but there are no important large scale tourist facilities in the area. Opposite Bozcaada on the mainland the seashore is famous for its association with Achilleus, and his soldiers, who landed here for the invasion of Troy. Olive and pine trees grow here. Part of the film ‘Eyvah Eyvah’ was produced here in 2010

 

 

Troas Beach Hotel

The Troas Beach Hotel has to be one of the nicest places to stay along this coastline. We recently bought a house in Tavakli village which needed renovation and since this hotel is right on the beach in Tavakli Iskelesi it was one of the most convenient locations we could have chosen.

The beach is very clean and the crystal clear waters of the Aegean are the first thing you see when you turn up for breakfast in the morning. Above is an actual view of the beach from the restaurant which consists of a well designed terrace on stilts surrounded by a beautiful and well kept hotel garden.

Half board at this hotel is about as good as it gets anywhere. Having stayed at numerous good quality hotels around the world this simple and yet tasteful establishment could give many of them a run for their money.

The photos here were taken at the end of August at a time when most places in Turkey would be pretty scorched and the grass would be brown and dried up. However, the abundance of water in this region, the skills of a good gardener and a clear desire on the part of the hotel to create the perfect environment have all paid off to make any stay here a very pleasant one.

Despite its location right on the beach the hotel still has its own pool which is meticulously maintained and which always looks so clean and inviting. A games / television room adjacent to the pool provides a place to chill out and relax if you need to go indoors.

This hotel has an appeal that will suit families, couples or single occupancy visitors. It is in an enviable location for those on honeymoon, for people who want to explore this beautiful region of Turkey or just a great place to chill out for those escaping the big cities.

The rooms here are modern, light and spacious. The bathrooms are tastefully decorated and the rooms have balconies and air conditioning.

The light and airy atmosphere and simple modern furnishings add to the ambience of the surroundings.

This hotel scores highly in so many ways. The food both at breakfast and in the evenings is buffet style but varied so that over a period of a week you still find it interesting enough to enjoy it as much as the first day you arrived.

However, what really makes this hotel special is the staff. The chambermaids smile, the waiters and assistants run around constantly trying their best to make their customers feel special and the level of service is actually better than what you would receive at many 4 or 5 star hotels.

Would we recommend the Troas Beach Hotel? You bet we would. You will search high and low to find accommodation as good as this and at such a reasonable price for what is on offer.

This is what the Troas Beach Hotel have to say about themselves on their website;

Troas Beach Hotel is located by the sea in Tavakli Iskelesi of Canakkale. We have 37 standard and 3 suit rooms. Once upon a time, the biggest ancient city of Anatolia, Alexandreia Troas is situated 7 km from our hotel. All of the rooms have sea view and designed to meet all your needs .

Website: http://www.troasbeach.com/HTML-ENGLISH/genel.html

Olive Oil Production

Olive oil is produced in the Aegean region and commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, soaps and pharmaceuticals. All over the Mediterranean you can see olive groves and whilst it is not clear where olive trees were first domesticated it is common knowledge that the wild olive tree originated from Turkey.

Olive trees can live for over a thousand years. They are hardy evergreens and a mature olive tree of about 3 to 4 metres in height can produce up to 40kg per year. It will produce good olives for at least 100 years.

There are many varieties of olive tree and olives start off green and turn black when they ripen. Harvest time determines the colour of the olive.

In Tavakli village ( Tavakli koyu ) there are four olive production factories. This is an important commodity for this region of Turkey and Ezine District produces some of the finest olives and olive oil in the country.


Ezine Town

Ezine is the largest town near Tavakli and is approx 22 km away. It has a population of around 17,500 an is 39 metres ( 128 ft ) above sea level. Ezine is very famous for its white cheese which is made with cow or lambs milk and which is referred to locally as Ezine Peyniri.

Definately worth visiting are the Ottoman mosques, Abdurrahman or Sefer Sah Mosque. The 14th century hermit Ahi Yunus is buried nearby. The mosques were constructed using stone and building materials from the ancient ruins of Neandreia, upon which Ezine is built.

Ezine has everything that a good sized town can provide. It is therefore one of the main areas for shopping in this region. It also benefits from the main highway passing from Canakkale to Izmir.

About Ezine as a District

Ezine is not just a town but a district. This district is an administrative district ( 2nd level administrative division ) in Turkey. It is in the province of Çanakkale. This is a region very much unspoiled by mass tourism. There are no ugly high-rise concrete buildings along this coastline. The temperature is more moderate and less stifling than the south coast and the waters of the Aegean are clean and sparkling and a treat to swim in.

 

Tavaklı Village

The old name of this village is Larissa. Later this was changed to Tavaklı.

Canakkale is 74 km away from Tavakli and Ezine is just 24 km away. The location of this  village is between the edge of the Sakar Mountain and 3km inland of the Agean  Sea. It has a height above sea level of 200 metres.

The beach area is called Tavakli Iskelesi. At the present time there is  no port here but in the past they used to export oak acorns from Tavakli  Iskelesi. Along the beach are several guest houses, a few hotels and some  restaurants.

The weather is mainly a temperate climate and far more comfortable than  that of the south coast where it can get uncomfortably hot in peak season.

The latest census population figures for the year 2018 show 610  residents. This does include permanent residents of Tavakli Iskelesi too. As a rough estimate the numbers in the village at any one time are around 250 to 300.

Agriculture is the main economy of the area. Oak acorn had been used in  paint production for a long time but this has now ceased due to the  introduction of synthetic paints. There are now only two acorn storage places  left.

After acorn production the main agricultural emphasis switched to olive  oil production. Most of the land in and around the village is not level and is  suitable for the growing of olive trees. The olive oil production factories provide a good seasonal income resource for  the young people in the village.

Researchers into olive oil production have established that this is one  of the best quality of olives for the purposes of olive oil production. Within  the village there are four separate olive oil production factories where the  olives are picked and processed all in the same day.

In the flat surrounding areas of Tavakli the main agricultural produce is that of fruit such as apricot, plumbs, pears, apples, peaches, honeydew melon, water melon, tomatoes and for vegetables cauliflower, peppers, beans, wheat, broad beans and chic peas. There are also almond trees which do not contribute much financially but do add to the greenery of the area.

Once upon a time there were vineyards here. A few families still produce grapes for the purposes of wine production. There is also cattle, sheep and goat farming but if you compare this with other villages in and around Ezine this is small by comparison.

Although there is a sea shore nearby there is no port or pier for  fishing boats. As a result there is not a great deal of fishing here in terms  of industry. If you compare Tavakli with other villages, it is financially in a  good position.

There are summer houses around Tavakli village. There are  some social establishments that provide job opportunities to the villagers and  make Tavakli a more attractive place to live. Although not a major tourist area  this unspoiled region of Turkey does benefit from local tourism in the summer  months. The waters of the sea are unpolluted and the sea is crystal clear and a  pleasure to swim in.

Although there is a primary school in the village it is now closed and pupils attend the school in Uluköy. There is a water sewage system in place in the village and there is small village post office ( PTT ) agency and a shop ( bakkal ). There is also a health centre and a tarmac road to the village from the coast. The village has electricity,
telephone lines and internet access.

The village head ( Muhtar ) is Ender Şengül

Tel: 0286 6274001 veya 0542 6700591

From a historical perspective the ancient site of Alexander Troas is
nearby and there is another ancient city site of Neandria which is less well
known.