Never before in a city have we seen its waterways so much part of daily life, as the Bosphorus is in Istanbul. Ferries are a major form of transport for getting around the city, the Galata Bridge is filled night and day with fisherman fishing from it’s waters, the ferry docks are buzzing with life and fish markets, and the seagulls are recognised inhabitants of the city.
The Bosphorus is a big part of what makes Istanbul so great.
Taking to the seas.
We took ferries almost daily during our four weeks in Istanbul. It’s such a beautiful way to get around the city, not to mention cheap and easy. Just hop onboard, take your seat outside or inside depending on your choice (outside of course!), order a çay (just $1), then just sit back and relax until you get to your destination, admiring the views as you go.
It’s also one of the best ways to see Istanbul – allowing you amazing views from the water of some of the cities best sights.
The fish markets (and fish sandwiches).
Located at the Karakoy wharf (on the Beyoglu side) is one of the cities fish markets. It’s a great place to people watch (and fish watch?). It’s also a great place to get yourself one of the best fish sandwiches in town.
Across the Golden Horn.
The Gatala Bridge crosses the Golden Horn, connecting Beyoglu and Sultanahmet and it’s one of the best free attractions in town.
Day or night, you can watch the many fisherman along the bridge, who caught a lot more fish than we expected. Buckets were often full of fish flapping around as we wandered along the bridge.
It’s also one of the best places to watch the sun go down. As darkness approached, the city and it’s waters are bathed in gold and then orange, as the ferries continue their neverending criss-cross over the waters and the seagulls fly across the skies.
What a city!!