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39°49.354'N, 026°01.465'E Chart icon.png
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Satellite view of Bozcaada

The island of Bozcaada or Tenedos (Τένεδος) used to be a military zone and visits by foreign yachts were discouraged until recent years. Now yachts are positively encouraged as a useful source of income (see below for charges). The harbor has very clear and attractive water. The town is slowly being restored, and is fashionable with wealthy people from Istanbul. There are many interesting old houses and buildings.


1086 Srimonikos kólpos to Edremit Körfezi
G2 Aegean Sea (North)
54360 Thessaloniki to Canakkale Bogazi Dardanelles
54369 Approaches to Canakkale Bogazi
2136 Bozcaada
32 Thrakiko Sea
322 Limnos & Ay. Efstratios


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The approaches to Bozcaada from S and W are straightforward, with few dangers. However, the coast of the island is rock-fringed and should not be approached too closely on passage. In the approach from N, there are extensive shoals around the small island of Tavşan Adasi which should be given a good clearance and others extending up to two miles from the northern coast of Bozcaada.



Chart of Bozcaada Harbor

Bozcaada Harbour

Bozcaada Harbour/wiki/Bozcaada#Bozcaada_Harbour
Harbour icon Bozcaada Harbour [[Bozcaada#Bozcaada Harbour|Bozcaada Harbour]] (Tenbedos - Τένεδος) 39°50.1′N, 26°04.6′E

There is only one harbour, which is run by the municipality. Yachts moor stern-to or alongside the quayed breakwater. There are 13 water / electric points each good for two boats and laid moorings in most spots. An attendant will help with mooring during daylight hours. Since the installation of the moorings anchoring in the harbour is now prohibited. Water and electricity are also available along the quay. Currently (June 2019) the daily mooring charge is TL 100 including electricity and water.

Warning: The ground chain for the mooring lines has been laid some 40 metres off the quay, which means that the angle of the lines when boats are moored to them is very shallow. Be sure to leave a good clearance when passing in front of the bows of moored boats as several yachts have wound up with lines around their props.
The Bozcaada/Tenedos harbor from the Castle
The Bozcaada/Tenedos quay
The fishing harbour
The castle

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



It is possible to anchor outside the harbour, clear of the fairway, in settled weather only. With strong winds from any direction, anchoring here is untenable.


Water Bozcaada Harbour: there are outlets on the quay. A charge is made
Electricity Bozcaada Harbour: there are outlets on the quay. A charge is made
Toilets N/A (Not Available)
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage There are bins around the harbour
  • Bozcaada Harbour: Fuel is Available until midnight. Very well-filter equiped tanker stays on the quay with the brand of "Aytemiz". If the tanker is not there ask to the quay chef, he calls them. ( +90 286 697 0190 / +90 530 767 5051 cellphone )
Bottled gas You can find at the market in the town.
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet Free Wi-Fi is available from the municipality (Bozcaada) but a booster is needed as the signal is weak. However, the Yaren café (the most easterly of the three on the quay) has a good Wi-Fi signal
Mobile connectivity Excellent
Vehicle rentals N/A


Nice markets. You can find all you need. On wednesdays, you can buy all fresh needs at the local bazaar in the town...

Eating out

  • There are several good restaurants around the fishing harbour and three simple cafés on the quay.
  • Fishing harbour
Sandal/wiki/Bozcaada#.27.27Sandal.27.27Eatingout icon Sandal [[Bozcaada#Sandal|Sandal]] is particularly good --Monterey.




Bozcaada, the Greek Tenedos (Τένεδος), situated 10 miles SSW of the entrance to the Dardanelles, is a Turkish island with a long history. In ancient times it was associated with Apollo and the Trojan War, when the Greeks used it as a base. It was here that they retired after leaving the Trojan horse as a "gift." During the Byzantine times it was used as a grain depot so that large ships could unload their grain and not have to pass to Constantinople through the Dardanelles.

The large castle that dominates the small town was built by the Genoese at the end of the Byzantine era. In modern times the island was inhabited by Greeks and was part of Greece until 1923, when it was ceded to Turkey (together with Ibroz or Imvros) under the terms of the peace treaty. The Greek inhabitants were not exchanged (as was the case elsewhere) but were allowed to stay and operate their schools and churches. Over the years, and particularly since the start of the Cyprus problem, most Greeks have left. The island is still well known for its vineyards and production of wine.

Places to Visit

The large and well-preserved Genoese castle, which also has a small museum, is worth a visit. The old Greek town is attractive, with narrow picturesque streets. But very few of the Greeks are still remaining.

The island is renowned for its red wines, which can be tasted and purchased in the main square.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Turkey.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • I loved this out of the main stream island. Wonderful walks. The harbor is so clean you can jump into the cool water right from your boat. --Istioploos 16:42, 25 June 2008 (MDT)
  • A few laid moorings have been installed along the quay and anchoring is now prohibited. If a mooring is not available, yachts lie alongside wherever there is space. --Athene of Lymington 10:22, 14 May 2011 (BST)
  • Beautiful clean water. Lovely collection of restaurants and wine bars. ,--Monterey May 2013.
  • Really liked it, officials very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Great stop on way to Çanakkale. 100 TL per night incl. Water & Elect. Heavy SE wind made getting off quay difficult. - s/y Cisco II --Sandybig - 3 June 2019

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