Turkey: The Bosphorous and Its Environs

One of the greatest things about Istanbul is the Bosphorous River that runs through it, dividing the European and Asian sides and leading out to the Black Sea on one end and the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara on the other. It’s a beautiful body of water and provides a great place to take boat rides!

The Galata Bridge goes over the Bosphorous to connect the Asian and European sides.

You can always find several cruise ships hunkered down on the coast of the city.

I’d already gone on a Bosphorous cruise the last time I was here, but I was excited to go again. A highlight is stopping for the famous yogurt made in Kanlica, on the Asian side.

The yogurt is rich and creamy and they give you packets of powdered sugar to sweeten it if you like.

And this time, we stayed on the boat almost until the last stop, right at the entrance to the Black Sea. On the way, we passed beautiful sites, like the Dolmabahce Palace and the Rumeli Hisari fortress, as well as chamring neighborhoods like Ortakoy and Bebek.

The Dolmabahce Palace

Rumeli Hisari Fortress

The opening to the Black Sea

There are many opportunities to disembark the ship but we ended up being thrilled we stayed on until the neighborhood of Rumeli Kavağı, a small fishing area right near the Black Sea that felt very far away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the old city.

View of Anadolu Kavağı on the Asian side from Rumeli Kavağı, on the European side

Rumeli Kavağı Dock

Fish monger in Rumeli Kavağı

This cat found a fishy treat

From Rumeli Kavağı , we took a Dolmus (shuttle bus) to nearby Sariyer, another, larger fishing area. It has less charm than Rumeli Kavağı, but we were able to sit outside on the water and drink some of Turkey’s famous apple tea at a café, and have a deliciously fresh seafood lunch. We also happened upon the fish market and an impromptu outdoor prayer service.

My lunch was battered and fried sardines. Yum!

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9 responses to “Turkey: The Bosphorous and Its Environs

  1. I am so glad you two can make a trip like this, all the best, and keep updating stories. Turkey is a dreamland to me!

  2. Now we’re talking! The Northmost and less populated pockets of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul are under-rated because you can beat the crowds! The crowds are the precise reason why the over-rated breakfast places like Bebek are overrated. They’re run over by masses of people, and what’s worse than people, they’re Turks. Yeah, I’m Turkish too😉 We’re a pushy, disrepectful, self-important bunch.

  3. Try Reina to see the worst of the snobbery and self-importance. Or nevermind, they will actually be totally charming to the untrained eye but us insiders, we’re immune to the charms. The discrete charms and hypocrasy of the boourgoise indeed

  4. The photos of the places are very close to where I used to live, a fishing village called Kirecburnu. They probably boast one of the most eclectic fish restaurants you can find in Istanbul. The place is called Set Balik and the menu has fish balls, fish kebab, curry fish and other unique delicacies

  5. Your photos are just so colourful and lovely! Great post! (:

  6. You are truly living the dream! Good for you.

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