The Largest Island of Turkey; Gökçeada
Known as the westernmost point and the largest island of Turkey, Gökçeada‘s untouched nature and calm atmosphere has many unknown charms.
It has rich water sources, wildlife and dozens of quiet sheep as well as a history of 8,000 years. One of the unique values of Gökçeada is the historic Greek villages, which are built on high hills and home to beautiful scenes.
Before 1970, the ancient name of the island whose official name is Imroz was Imbros. The origin of word is Imaura, meaning “Mother Goddess Almighty“. The name of the imbrus is referred as fertility god in arid land, in many sources Homer’s famous iliad is also mentioned many times about Imroz.
Where is Gökçeada?
Gökçeada, which is the largest island of Turkey with an area of 289 square kilometers, is a district of Çanakkale and is located to the north of the Aegean Sea. On the north Semadirek Island, on the south Bozcaada, on the east Gelibolu Peninsula, on the south-west Limni Island are located. The length of the coastal strip is 95 kilometers and the highest point of the island is Doruk Tepe, which is 673 meters high. İncirburnu, located on the west of the island, is the westernmost point of Turkey.
When to go to Gökçeada?
The vegetation cover of Gökçeada, where Mediterranean climate is dominant, forms forest, olive trees and the maki. Old plane trees and thorny shrub called geven are also common. The average annual precipitation is between 950-1,050 millimeters. The average temperature is 7 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer. The souths and northeaster are effective throughout the year.
The seaside season starts in June at Gökçeada and lasts until September. It is suggested to go to Gökçeada more during the summer months when the activities in the district is considered. Summer months are not sweltering due to the effect of winds and low humidity. Those who will make nature and culture trip, can visit the island in spring.