Kilitbahir, Eceabat District, Çanakkale Province

Kilitbahir is a pretty village on the European bank of the Dardanelles. Backed by craggy mountains of the Gallipoli Peninsula that are covered by lush forests of pine and olives, it is a very scenic place with cobbled streets and stone buildings, and with great views over the strait towards Çanakkale and the rest of the Asian mainland. As well as being popular as a tourist destination for dining and relaxation there is plenty of history in the town. Kilitbahir Castle was built in the 15th Century to protect the entrance to the Dardanelles while the Namazgah Bastion has a similar function during Allied attacks early in 1915.