Anzac Cove, a small area on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, holds a huge amount of importance, particularly for Australians and New Zealanders. During the 8-month Gallipoli Campaign in World War I, Anzac Cove was the primary landing spot for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)—and many soldiers lost their lives in battles here.The Basics
After WWI, Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula became a place to memorialize the more than 11,000 losses that Australia and New Zealand suffered in the Gallipoli campaign’s battles. An annual memorial service on April 25 is held at the Anzac Commemorative Site, while the nearby monolith at the Ari Burnu Cemetery commemorates the words of reconciliation that Turkish leader Ataturk delivered to the first visitors to the Gallipoli battlefields in 1934.
Private and group full-day and multi-day tours to Anzac Cove depart from from Istanbul and Canakkale. Tours often include further exploration of the Gallipoli Peninsula plus visits to Canakkale and Troy. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Anzac Cove is a must-visit for military and history buffs, and those wishing to remember the fallen Anzac troops.
- Wear comfortable shoes to walk around Anzac Cove and the surrounding areas.
- Anzac Cove is a popular place for Australians and New Zealanders to visit on April 25, Anzac Day, when commemorations are held.
- Some, though not all, of the Anzac Cove sites are accessible to wheelchair users.
Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula lie in eastern Turkey and are most commonly accessed from Canakkale and Istanbul. You can rent a car, grab a taxi, or take a bus from Istanbul or minibus from Canakkale to the cove. Alternatively, have an easier, richer experience with an Anzac Cove and Gallipoli tour that includes a car, driver, and informative guide. When to Get There
Anzac Cove is busiest on and around April 25, Anzac Day, when visitors from Australia and New Zealand flock to Anzac Cove for a morning memorial service. The rest of the year, Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula are more popular in the warmer months than during winter.War Memorials at Gallipoli
There are many war memorials on the Gallipoli Peninsula, not far from Anzac Cove. Many cemeteries for both Allied and Turkish troops dot the peninsula. A few memorials to the missing from France, Britain, the British Commonwealth, and New Zealand are located throughout the peninsula. There are also some memorials to individual soldiers.