Along the Bosphorus the strait that lies between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, and separating Europe and Asia, lies several neighborhoods each with a different character palaces of the late Ottoman period, and parks.
Places to visit:
Places to see from the boat:
The Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jeweler, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922.
Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, built in 1856, it is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.
Rumelian Castle is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
The Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul.