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Bebek, Istanbul

 

You will find bebek in Istanbul’s European side, and it is inside the Besiktas district’s borders, to the north east of the district, near the Bosphorus strait. The Turkish word Bebek means “baby,” and it refers to the region because of its beauty and location on the Bosphorus. Bebek was a popular area under the Ottoman Empire, and it remains so now. 

Unfortunately, there is no metro station that connects you to Bebek, so you’ll have to take a bus or hire a taxi. Keep in mind that the road to Bebek gets extremely congested on weekends and during rush hours, so your 20-30 minute ride from Besiktas to Ortakoy will take two hours, so check the time before you go. 

Take a Stroll

We suggest visiting Bebek on a bright day since walking along the lake and taking in the calm ambiance is the finest thing to do in the area. The vista of the bridge provides for a fantastic selfie background, and there are plenty of boutique stores, coffee shops, luxury boats, balloon sellers, and big dogs to people watch along the way. We suggest going to the Ortakoy area from Bebek if you’re wearing strong walking shoes and want to stretch your legs. It’s approximately 3.5 miles distant, but the most of the journey is along the lake, so it’s very nice. In Ortakoy, you may visit a bustling market, get a renowned kumpir (baked potato with a variety of toppings), and see the Ortakoy Mosque, which is tiny but beautiful. 

Rumeli Hisari Fortress

The Rumeli Hisari stronghold, constructed on Sultan Mehmet II’s orders before to his capture of Constantinople, is known as the throat cutter because of its position, which prevented the Byzantines from receiving any assistance from the strait. Following Constantinople’s conquest, the castle functioned as a checkpoint and, in most cases, a jail. In today’s world, the stronghold serves as a public museum and hosts unique concerts and events, so keep an eye out for them. The stronghold offers a spectacular perspective of the strait, and it is pleasant to visit and take in the scenery. 

How To Get To Bebek?

Because Bebek has just one road, it may be very congested on weekends and during rush hour. As a result, your Uber may become prohibitively costly when stuck in traffic, and taking the bus is a better option. Fortunately, Google Maps will show you the best public transportation route from your present position to Bebek, no matter where you are. Because there is no underground subway in Bebek, you will mostly certainly have to take a bus and will require an IstanbulKart to board it. If you don’t have one, stop by the closest metro station and purchase one from one of the kiosks before continuing on your journey. 

Istanbul’s Bebek neighborhood is a fascinating place to visit. The peaceful suburb stretches along the Bosphorus river, just outside of the city center. The ideal time to come is on a bright morning since it offers wonderful waterfront views. A half-day excursion to Bebek is recommended if you want to get away from the throng and get some fresh air.