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Bosporus

Bosporus (Turkey)

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
Fifteen minutes on foot from the center of Istanbul
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Bosporus

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

The famous Bosphorus forms a natural boundary between the two continents of Europe and Asia and links two famous seas: Marmara and the Black Sea. Being surrounded by all these myths and legends makes a boat trip down the Bosphorus inevitable.

My suggestion:
When you're on the ferry, find a place on the European side so that you can see and admire Hagi Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
My review
The Bosphorus has a special place in the hearts of travelers, and you absolutely must take a boat trip along it when visiting Turkey. Though it is possible to simply cross it and go from the European to the Asian continent in a single bound, I strongly advise you to go on one of the day cruises.
Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

A strait linking the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, which then itself connects to the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus serves as a natural frontier between Europe and Asia.

My suggestion:
There are many ferries in Istanbul that sail up the Bosphorus as far as its mouth with the Black Sea, a day excursion you're guaranteed to find enjoyable and relaxing.
My review
As well as being a remarkable channel of water that passes through Istanbul, the Bosphorus is also highly symbolic in that it represents the geographical boundary between both Europe and Asia and the West and East, and has long been celebrated in in literature and the arts. Around forty kilometers in length and ranging from 600 to 3,000 meters in width, the Bosphorus also constitutes the very heart of Istanbul: a city split in two by the strait, whose banks it occupies on both sides. The Bosphorus is also crossed by two wonderful bridges in the city, and numerous ferries, fishing boats and other types of water craft sail across and up and down its waters.
Olivia Merlen Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

The Bosphorus in Turkey is the strait that separates Europe and Asia and which joins the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea. Ideal for a cruise.

My suggestion:
Be careful of the sun, even in winter! If you are going on board a boat on the Bosphorus, wear a hat and sunglasses...
My review
I discovered the Bosphorus when I stayed in Turkey, during an Istanbul winter. I arrived at Sabiha Gokcen airport and took the ferry to the center of town. A marvelous first impression of the city, a superb view of the mosques, and above all, an unexpected meeting with dolphins...

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