Lapseki – Çanakkale – Turkey

GPS : 40°21’17.2″N 26°41’24.5″E / 40.354786, 26.690148

Gocukburnu Lighthouse
GPS : 40°16’43.4″N 26°34’18.4″E / 40.278725, 26.571767
Focal Plane : 11,5 mt, Tower Height : 9,1 mt
Character : G. FI.3.0 Sn, Flashing Character : 1.0+ 2.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

Çardak Sığlığı Lighthouse
GPS : 40°23’09.2″N 26°42’28.8″E / 40.385874, 26.707985
Focal Plane : 8,25 m, Tower Height : – m
Character : V.Qk.FI.W, Flashing Character : 8(0.3 + 0.3) +0.3+4.1
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Lapseki Lighted Buoy
GPS : 40°21’56.0″N 26°41’12.0″E / 40.365556, 26.686667
Focal Plane : 3 m, Tower Height : 3 m
Character : Q.FI. (9) 15.0 Second, Flashing Character : 8(0.3+0.3) +2.0+8.2
Visibility Range : 3 nautical miles

VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” lapseki harbour ”

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°21’16.6″N 26°41’24.4″E / 40.354608, 26.690112
Focal Plane : 11 m, Tower Height : 6 mt
Character : G. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°21’12.0″N 26°41’26.2″E / 40.353334, 26.690601
Focal Plane : 11 m, Tower Height : 6 m
Character : R. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 5 nautical miles
Lapseki is a town and district of Çanakkale Province. Possessing all the natural beauty of the Dardanelles, the primary livelihood of the people in the area is agriculture with fishing and tourism also being important. The most famous fruits of the district are cherries and peaches. First held in 1983, the annual Cherry Festival takes place 2-12 June. A fair is also held in Lapseki on 1-4 September.


Capacity : 240 Boats

Main Breakwater : 690 m
Inner Breakwater : 250 m

The new harbour of Lapseki lies on the S shore of the Dardanelles, directly opposite the harbour of Gelibolu three miles W of the entrance to the Sea of Marmara. The harbour is a purpose-built fishing and small craft harbour enclosed by two breakwaters.

Since its completion, the harbour of Gelibolu has been closed to yachts, which are now expected to moor in Lapseki. However, note that Lapseki is shallow and has minimum depths in the entrance of barely 3.0 metres.

Approach and Navigation
The new harbour lies half a mile N of the ferry terminal of Lapseki, which is easily identifiable from the numerous ferries plying the route across to Gelibolu on the N side of the straits. The harbour entrance is marked by two white light structures at the ends of the breakwaters and is entered from NNW along the line of a long sandy beach. The channel leading into the harbour is subject to silting and had least depths 3 m with one patch of just 2.6 m. Once inside, the bottom is uneven and depths range from 3 – 4 m in the western part (the eastern part is shallow).

Berthing Options
There is a quay at the E end of the harbour, but this is invariably filled with local fishing boats, often rafted two or three deep. A yacht is best to anchor off in the middle of the harbour, where depths are around 3 – 3.5 m and holding good in sand and weed.

Inside the harbour.

Outer Breakwater : 690 m
Inner Breakwater : 250 m

Harbour Facilities
Drinkable Water
Diesel & Petrol
Slideway Area
Net Repairing Area
The nearest shops and restaurants are about 15-20 minutes walk to the S near the ferry terminal.

Administration : Lapseki Fishery Products Cooperative

Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Pensions, Apart Hotels, Holiday Villages
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Health : Hospitals, Health Centers, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Dentists
Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Markets, Stores
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Hair dresser
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Entertainment : Bars, Discotheques, Night Clubs
Trips : Daily trips to battlefields
Special Shopping : Cherries, Peaches

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


The town was founded by Greek colonists from Phocaea in the 6th century BC. Soon afterwards it became a main competitor of Miletus, controlling the trade roots in the Dardanelles. Lapseki was founded about 500 BC, one of 4 settlements along the Dardanelles at that time. In ancient times, while the city was under the rule of King Mendrom and named Pityausa, the king, who defended the colonists from Foça from the attacks of the local people, minted coins for the first time in its history in the name of his daughter Lapseke and later the city was given this name by the colonists to express their indebtedness to him. In this way, the name Lampsakos, then Lapseki, was passed down to the present day.

The city was under the Byzantines for a long period then passed into Ottoman hands after its conquest by Süleyman Pasha in 1356. Occupied at the end of World War I, the town was freed from the British and French forces on 25 September 1922 as a result of the unity and solidarity of the people of Lapseki, toward the end of the War of Independence. In the district are the graves of 15,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the War of Independence.

Bus : Lapseki – Çanakkale, Biga, Bandırma, Gemlik
Ferryboat : Lapseki – Gelibolu
Airport : Çanakkale Airport, Balıkesir Körfez Airport, Balıkesir Central Airport, İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Atatürk International Airport

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