W hat do you think of when you hear the name Gökçeada? I can almost hear the replies: "A quiet island in Çanakkale province, with lots of old Greek villages and matchless sand beaches..." The Greek lady's famous cafe where the coffee is hand ground in a mortar, and Barba Yorgo at Zeytinliköy are the first places that come to mind. To be perfectly honest, that's all I knew about Gökçeada myself... until I started going there. Every time I went, I discovered something new. But before I share my discoveries with you, let me briefly discuss Gökçeada for those who have never been there.
The island's history goes back 5 thousand years. Archaeological excavations have shown that the Achaeans were the first tribe to set foot here. A key point at the entrance to the Dardanelles , Gökçeada has always held an appeal for civilized peoples. Naval wars were fought over the island, which has been ruled in turn by the Mycenaeans, Persians, Athenians, Spartans, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese and, now, the Turks.