History of Gokceada
Gokceada was dominated by many nations and tribes throughout history. It has always been somewhere attracting because of being an important point at the entry of the Dardanelles. Because the island was so often invaded, no development was established; besides, the folk was harmed. The folk sick and tired of the pressure and discomfort gathered a committee to Plead Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the sultan of the Otoman Empire at the meantime, for protection. It is accepted that the first tribe stepping on the island is the Pelagians(Akalar).the Works found as a result of excavations under control of Prof. Dr. Halime Turkyılmaz indicate the fact that the history of the island date back to 5000 years before. After the Pelagians(Akalar); Persians, Athens, Spartians, Romans, Byzantines, Genoses Venetians and Turkish Republic dominated Gokceada respectively. The folk themselves requested protection from the Otoman Empire. Althougt the island has been inhabited by many civilizations, so little trace did they leave behind due to the depredation after each war. In the history of Gokceada, the ruins of each dominating civilizations have been scattered in the island. The most important of them is 5 thausand years' tumulus on Cinarli plain. The grave made of rock in Aydincik and the tomb graves behind a house in Kalekoy are very interesting. There are ruins of a castle left from Geoneses. There are also ruins of an old castle in Seytan Kayaliklari in the site of Kapikaya. The headquarter used by the English in World War I, ruins of a barrage lake and the sunk in the sea in Guzelcekoy are highly interesting. There also take place laundaries, cannons and documents from the Otoman Empire. In the seas are observed many old sunks and anphoras. The ancient looms, barrels, wooden things are under protection. The ruins of presumably the oldest barrage are in Roksados. In Thameni 'the place of buried treasure' in Tepekoy, archeological ruins have been found. Various archeological ruins are excavated in Kefaloz in Yenimahalle, in Balidosta in Tepekoy, in Arasia and Krioneroda in Zeytinlikoy and in Pirgosta and Kastro in Derekoy (Yukari Kalekoy).
Gokceada is also famous with its grapes.
Transportation to Gokceada
Transportation to the Island is being performed from Canakkale Ferry Port and from Kabatepe Port.
It takes 2 and half hours passing from Canakkale to Gokceada by ferry. The Schedule of the ferry from Canakkale to Gokceada and Gokceada to Canakkale is as follow
From Gokceada to Canakkale 08:00 a.m.
From Canakkale to Gokceada 17:00
There is also transportation available between Gokceada and Kabatepe. The Schedule is as follow.
From Gokceada to Kabatepe: 07:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m.
From Kabatepe to Gokceada: 16:00 p.m., 18:00 p.m.
In summer the frequency of the transportation between Gokceada and Kabatepe is increased as follow.
From Gokceada to Kabatepe 07:00, 11:00, 16:00, 20:00
From okceada to Kabatepe 07:00, 11:00, 16:00, 20:00
Gokceada Tourism Information Office will help for those who visit the island. It gives 24 hours of service whenever you need. It is in Barbaros St. Kalekoy Number 56.
Diving tours are available in the Gokceada Island.
For more information phone number is (+90) 286 8874642 Gokceada Tourism Information Office
Canakkale Tourism Information: +90 286 217 11 87