Bosphorus; Pearl of Istanbul


The Bosphorus is natural strait and a waterway for ships, it divides Asian Istanbul and European Istanbul. The Bosphorus is considered one of the famous attractions that tourists have the urge to visit. The place is magical and full of sensual atmosphere. A lot of activities can be done around the Bosohprus. Let’s check the out!


Cruise and Sightseeing

This is a typical one, but it is highly necessary to do, cruising and sightseeing is one of the most wonderful experiences you will ever have. Most of the cruises offer a dinner and a dance show, alongside a guide of course. While you are cruising you will see many ancient castles on the shore, these castles are built by the Byzantines and the Ottoman Empires, and they are open for public as museums.


Visit the Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar is located in Emionu district on the shore of the Bosphorus, the bazaar is really famous for its antiques and spices. The local merchants offer the best prices and wonderful handmade antiques. In addition, you may also want to visit the Mehmet Efendi Coffee Brewery, which is the origin of the famous brand, you will see the staff grinding the coffee beans and serving it to you. The shop is one of the oldest coffee brewery in Istanbul, and it is really famous for tourists, many people stand in line to get the fresh brewed coffee they desire.


Ortakoy and Bebek


These two places are not famous for tourists, but definitely worth a visit, Bebek is a wealthy neighborhood by the shore of the Bosphorus, locals come to Bebek during the weekends since it is famous for its nightlife and bars. The place lives on nightlife and its corniche is quiet and magical. With boats sailing and a green forest located on the other side of the shore, sitting there is actually really relaxing. There are also a lot of restaurant and cafés located in the district, ranging from fresh fish diners to international cuisines.

By visiting Bebek you must have visited Ortakoy, Ortakoy is a neighborhood where the magic happens, nightlife in Ortakoy is fascinating, and the local bazaar there is wonderful, merchants selling homemade antiques, and the famous Kumpir Stands, last but not least, the shore of Ortakoy is just out of this world, during the night you will see yourself close to the Bosphorus bridge, and the lights of the bridge bring a wonderful, romantic atmosphere.

Uskudar and Kadikoy

Both neighborhoods are fascinating and can’t be compared to each other, both located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Kadikoy is a residential neighborhood famous for its Moda Street, the Moda Street is full with bars, cafés, and shops. The place is full of life and definitely a relaxing place to be in. if you want to go there you can do so by either a metro or a ferry. Uskudar is a different story, it is also a residential neighborhood but tourists feel welcomed there everywhere they go, the shore of Uskudar is magical and a lot of cafes there offer a wonderful, relaxing view over the Kiz Kulesi and the Bosphorus.


Facts and Information about the Pearl of Istanbul


The Bosphorus is a strait that divides Istanbul into two continents, Asia and Europe. It is called Strait not a river because rivers don’t connect two seas.

It also connects two seas, the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. The strait is calculated at a 31 km long and a width of 3,330 m.

The Strait during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires was considered a strategic area for the defense of the city against outside attacks and for the trade line. Many ships sail through the Bosphorus each day.

A lot of old castles are positioned around the shore of the Bosphorus built by both the Byzantines and the Ottomans.


The Bosphorus is a magical strait to discover, the starit offers not just fascinating and romantic views, but it also offers many activities on its shore. From cruising, relaxing walk, nightlife, and many more.

As the team of, we have been working hard since 1995, serving Istanbul and Istanbul lovers with our in depth & up-to-date content on Turkish culture, food and lifestyle.