Dolunay Bungalows

This delightful collection of bungalows set in their own gardens and right by the sea provides visitors with everything they need for a comfortable holiday.

For more details contact English speaking Mr Halil Ören on 0536 326 56 26.

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Neandrea – Kestanbol

Neandrea Kestanbol Antique Stone Quarry and Ancient City

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The view from Mount Çığrı is spectacular. The granite formations stand tall and proud across the plain of this ancient walled city of Neandrea. To the casual tourist this archaelogical site might not seem that impressive but dig a little deeper and you will appreciate why this is an important historical landmark. You can see photos of the ancient city by clicking here.

The remaining defence walls are all that remain of what must have once been a large city. Tracing the route of the walls and what is left of them you begin to get an idea of the sheer scale of this place. Dating back to the 8th century B.C. granite would have been quarried out of the mountain.

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Situated near the village of Koçali is one of the quarries that would have been used in the construction of the infrastructure. Surprisingly there are seven huge columns of approx ten metres in length that lie forgotten and abandoned in the bedrock. One wonders why they were left there on completion and never transported to the site for which they were intended.

Amazing stone columns carved on site from granite and which date back 2,800 years. Situated near Kestanbol only a short drive from Tavakli Village this is a part of what was once Neandrea city. Definately worth a visit.

Tavakli September

It has been a long hot summer in Tavakli and everyone is waiting for rain to ensure a good olive crop. Meanwhile daily life continues with everyone looking after the livestock and making preparations for winter.

The goats have spent most of the day out on the hills and now they are back safely locked up for the night. They are playful creatures with very individual characters and they can be quite mischievous at times.

The end of the summer season sees the reservoirs becoming a little low. This is a photo of Alemsah reservoir which is very near to Tavakli village. We need more rain now to top up the water levels and to ensure a good olive crop.

We are now back to three olive factories in the village. This one which closed for a time is now being rebuilt with new machinery and accommodation for the workers. It will be finished soon as it needs to be open for this years olive crop. The olive picking will start in October and run through until February / March time.

The view below is of Sakar Mountain which provides a magnificent backdrop between the village and the sea. Taken at this time of the year when the surrounding soil is dry it looks like something out of a cowboy western film.

One of the best vantage points in the village for an all round panoramic view is the Trafo building ( electric sub station building ). However, an equally good vantage point is the one shown here where an old Ottoman gravestone marks the spot where a popular young man from the village was buried overlooking the sea.
He was admired by the village women who all wanted to marry him for his handsome good looks but he died tragically without finding a suitable partner. His grave is looked after to this day.

You can see more photos of Tavakli village by clicking here.

Also Tavakli Iskeli photos can be found here.

Tavakli in May

Everything is much greener in May. The weather, whilst still sunny for the main part, can also be unpredictable with sudden storms and wind and rain. Everywhere is quiet and the roads are a pleasure to drive along. The village looks its best at this time of year and there is a leisurely atmosphere and an air of contentment that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Food is never scarce in a village like Tavakli. Everything from vegetables to milk, butter to soap is always in abundance in this village community. There is a small bakkal ( shop ) in the village but since everyone grows their own produce you won’t find many vegetables or meat products on offer. The local bakkal provides for those manufactured goods or items that you might be hard pressed to make at home.

A typical breakfast here might consist of olives, home made bread, various vegetables, goats cheese, jams, egg and plenty of tea. The food tastes far better than anything you are likely to pick up at the supermarket and it is all home grown too.

On the way up to the main village viewpoint even the cows were sleepy and relaxed. There are some breathtaking views of the coast just 5 minutes walk from where we live.

This is a view of the main centre of the village. There are two main shops, a barber and two tea houses. A regular minibus service runs through the nearby villages on a regular route to the main town of Ezine.

We stopped in Tavakli for 10 days this time and will be back in September at the end of  the summer season. Everywhere will still be greener than most places in Turkey since the season is a little shorter here and without the intense heat that you get in the med.

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

Tavaklı Village

Koordinatlar: 39°40′23″N, 26°11′53″E

The old name of this village is Larissa. Later this was changed to Tavuklu and subsequently its current name of Tavakli.

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. For more photos of Tavakli Iskelesi click here.

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 2000 show 607  residents.

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. It has the capacity of a small municipality.

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. 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 a health centre ( currently unused
) and a tarmac road to the village from the coast. The village has electricity,
telephone lines and internet access. There is an internet cafe in the village.

You can see many more photos of Tavakli village by clicking here.

The village head ( Muhtar ) is Mehmet Karabulut.

Telephone 0542 7211181

From a historical perspective the ancient site of Alexander Troas is
nearby and there is another ancient city site of Kolonai which is less well
known but has not been excavated yet so consequently there is nothing to see.

Source: http://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tavakl%C4%B1,_Ezine