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.
Ferries from Çanakkale take about 15 minutes to cross the Dardanelles, arriving at either one of the two separate but closeby just north of the village.
A road through the forests just above the waterline leads from Eceabat (5 km), offering a highly scenic if a little strenuous drive with lots of sharp turns.
The narrow, cobbled, and hilly streets of Kilitbahir are not great for looking around for a parking space, so it is best to park your car on the main street along the coast and walk around. The main entrance to the village centre, uphill from the shore, is near the ferry harbour, marked with a brown signpost of Kilitbahir Kültür Merkezi (Kilitbahir Cultural Centre); there are also other alleys heading up there.
Kilitbahir CastleLending its name to the village, this is an immediately impressive citadel with a central clover-shaped tower which some liken to a heart, and extended walls towards a secondary tower in its south. Paired with the Çimenlik Castle, its Asian counterpart across in Çanakkale, it was built by Ottoman emperor Mehmet the Conqueror, either just before or just after his conquest of Constantinople (1453), in order to control the shipping of the Dardanelles.
Fort NamazgahThe modern cousin of the medieval castle dates back to the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I.
Other sights are dispersed around the village.
Tabib Hasan Pasha Mosque
İbrahim Pasha FountainA monumental marble fountain.
Cahidi Sultan ShrineHas a commanding view of the village and the castle below, and the Dardanelles and Çanakkale beyond.