Bozcaada (Tenedos) , one of the two Turkish islands in the Aegean Sea is the
distrit of Canakkale , Situated almost exactly opposite the famous city of Troy , Bozcaada is 14 miles from
the mount of Dardanelles (Hellespont) and 3 miles from the West Anatolian coast.
Pelasginas , the first inhabitants of the island came here around 2000
B.C. Later Persians , Romans , Byzantians , Genoese and Venetians also settled on the island.
Bozcaada became a part of the Ottoman Empire after the capture of Byzantium by Mehmet the Conqueror ,
which marks the beginning of modern times.
There is only one residential area on the island. Nearly one third of
this 42-square-kilometre area is covered with vineyards. The history of grape growing and wine making
is as old as Bozcaada itself. Tenedos coins from the ancident times are embossed with figures of grape
bunches. 3-3.5 million litres of delicious quality wine is produced annually on the island which also
has a significant fishing and tourism potential. The island boats the clearest waters in all the Aegean
which teems with all kind of fish.
For centuries Muslims and Christians have lived here side by side.
Today two mosques and a church dating back to the Venetians are open for worship. Bozcaada known
for its friendly , hospitable and cheerful people , serves tourist not only with its hotels and
motels but also with houses.
Each corner of the 17-miles long coast is an ideal beach and a recreation
and picnic spot. Both the shore and the islad are as green as ever . traditional architecture in the
city has also been well preserved. With its wellkept and massive structure the fortress of Bozcaada in
unique among all Aegean islans in thet it reminds one of all periods of history that it has gone through.
History , nature , serenity , fish , wine , sports , in short the best of holidays awaits visitors to the island.
The famous historian Heredotos who was born in Bodrum (Halicarnassos)
describes Bozcaada in the following words : "God has created Bozcaada so that man could live longer".