Only one of the natural borders separating mainland Europe and Asia is the Bosphorus. Due to the fact that it is a suitable region in terms of climate and geographical conditions, it has been a residential area for ages. the old city of Istanbul on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires have done the capital city and the most important city from the economic and cultural aspects of the Republic of Turkey today. The city of Istanbul, divided the Bosphorus, is one of the few intercontinental cities in the world.
As “Napoleon” said, Istanbul is a city of importance and beauty that can be the capital of the world. The geographic beauties of this beautiful city as well as its history dating back to thousands of years arouse admiration. The shores of the Bosphorus, where settlement started with the Ottoman period, are the most popular places in Istanbul today.
In the Bosphorus, where many historical buildings admire the tourists; It is a region where many historical buildings such as Maiden’s Tower, Galatian Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortaköy, Rumeli Fortress, and Anadolu Fortress are lined up like pearls.
For exactly these reasons, it is the area where local or foreign tourists show the most interest.
Things to do in Bosphorus
The best activity that can be done in the Bosphorus is the Istanbul Bosphorus cruise. The Bosphorus has a wide range of boat tours. You can find many Istanbul Bosphorus boat tours that you can join according to your budget and interests.
The most impressive sights are along the southern shores of the Bosphorus, nearest to the city: Topkapı Palace,the mid-Bosphorus Maiden’s Tower (Kız Kulesi), theSelimiye Barracks (where Florence Nightingaleworked), Dolmabahçe Palace, Çirağan Palace, Yıldız Park & Palace, the chic art-boutique-and-café scene in the village of Ortaköy, the pretty Ottoman baroqueMecidiye Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge. More…
Beyond the Bosphorus Bridge there’s plenty more to see: Beylerbeyi Palace, the village of Çengelköy, Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutköy with its photogenic Ottoman yalıs (wooden Bosphorus seaside mansions), Rumeli Hisarı (the mighty Fortress of Europe), the town of Bebek with its pretty bay, and Bosphorus University.
North of the Fatih Bridge, second to be built across the Bosphorus, is Anadolu Hisarı (the Fortress of Anatolia),Küçüksu Kasrı (a fine little rococo palace), the Hıdiv Kasrı (fine Art Nouveau villa built in 1900 for the Khedive of Egypt), the pretty restaurant village of Tarabya, the town of Büyükdere (with its excellent Sadberk Hanım Museum), and Sarıyer (with a fish market and several seafood restaurants on the shore).
Rumeli Kavağı (the farthest northern dock on the European shore of the Bosphorus), and Anadolu Kavağı(the final dock on the Bosphorus cruise-tour) are about 10 km (6 miles) south of the Black Sea, but these docks are as far as the Bosphorus cruises go.