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The Bosphorus offers a kind of beauty that one can never get bored of, that never fails to surprise you. This strait bisects Istanbul right in the middle: to the west of it lies Europe, and to its east is Asia. It is also one of the city’s major highways, with more than 40,000 ships crossing through it every year, along with countless public ferries, fishermen’s boats and luxury yachts. If you are looking for a day of escape from the hustle and bustle of central Istanbul, you will find a safe haven in the beautiful neighborhoods of the Bosphorus. You will experience both the glamorous and the authentic side of these areas, where some still retain the feeling of a fishermen’s village, while others are filled with famous restaurants, high-end delicatessens, upscale museums and elegant boutiques.
Explore the Emirgan neighborhood with its famous wooden Ottoman mansions, pudding shops and its old-world charm.
Admire Ottoman calligraphy art at Sakıp Sabancı Museum. Situated in a spectacular lush garden overlooking the Bosphorus, the Equestrian Mansion (Atlı Köşk), was the former residence of the businessman Sakıp Sabancı and now home to one the city’s best museums.
Enjoy Turkish coffee at a traditional cafe with beautiful scenery.
Discover Turkish contemporary art in one of the most iconic structures on the shores of the Bosphorus
Stroll around a medieval fortress overlooking two continents. Built in 1452, Rumeli Fortress consists of three large towers, one small tower, and thirteen smaller towers, which all are in very good condition. The castle was laid out in the shape of the name of the Prophet Muhammad by the architect Müslihiddin.
Various great alternatives offered for lunch: 1. A chic waterfront seafood restaurant where you sit right out over the water as it laps against the building. 2. A charming brasserie, serving top-notch seafood, pasta dishes and bowls 3. A neighborhood büfe by the water, with the best hot dogs and hot sandwiches (if you are looking for a quick and affordable break)
Meet a pioneer of Turkish poetry at his home. Aşiyan Museum, once home to the famous Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret is a great hidden gem where you get to see the insides of old Ottoman mansions. Visiting Aşiyan is like travelling through time. The museum holds the personal belongings of Fikret, such as books, photos and furniture. It transports you back to the early 1900s.
Tea break at an old-school local’s favorite cafe, where little wooden tables are clustered around a strip of water on the littoral and offers one of the most magnificent views in the world.
Explore the Bebek neighborhood. With its mix of old-world charm and contemporary style, Bebek is undoubtedly one of the city’ s most fashionable districts and as such is home to some of Istanbul’s best boutiques. An afternoon can easily be spent among the boutiques and cafes, opened by a series of enterprising and fashionable individuals. The shops here have an alternative character and are sometimes hidden from the main sight as they are often inside private apartments.
(Optional) End the day with a nice drink at a bar overlooking the Bosphorus, which always has a buzz and an atmosphere that has survived for generations and remains iconic.