Transiting the Strait of Dardanelles

Transiting Dardanelles Strait

Dardanelles Strait (Çanakkale Bogazi) is situated in the northwestern part of Turkey and connects the Aegean Sea with the Marmara Sea. It is 40 miles long (70 km) and 1 to 4 miles wide (2 to 6 km) and can be transited in both ways.

The Strait constitutes a part of the boundary between Europe and Asia and it leads NE from the Aegean. The NW shore of the strait is formed by the SE side of the Gelibolu Peninsula of European Turkey and its SE shore is part of Asian Turkey.

The two shores are very different in conformation. The NW side is high and steep, covered with scrub and the SE side is flat, bordered by a shallow bank which extends almost 1 km offshore, creating a wide and fertile plain.

Coming from the Marmara Sea, the pilot boards near the town of Gelibolu (Gallipoli), which stands on a promontory and extends along the shores of Gelibolu Limani.

Approaching Gelibolu PilotApproaching Gelibolu Pilot

Approaching Gelibolu

GeliboluGelibolu town

 Gelibolu is the largest town on the European shore of Çanakkale Strait.

The route leads SW for ~ 15 miles to Nara Gecidi and then it goes South to Çanakkale for ~ 4 miles. This area is the narrowest part of the Strait (~ 1 mile wide). The town of Çanakkale is situated in the South end of Nara Geçidi on a promontory that extends from the Asian shore between the mouth of the Sari Cayi and Dardan Limani.

Approaching Nara SectorApproaching Nara sector


Gelibolu - Nara sectorNara Sector


Canakkale 2Canakkale


From the South End of Nara Geçidi the Strait leads SW for ~ 15 miles and then the pilot is dropped, 3 miles SW of Mehmetçik Light.

Landmarks along the Strait of Dardanalles:

– Kilitbahir Fort and town

Kilitbahir Fort and town

– Memorial World War I

Memorial World War I


British Memorial



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