Bosphorus Cruise to Istanbul Anadolu Kavağı Turkey

Bosphorus Scenery
Bosphorus Strait to Macar Bay

Yesterday, I took an excursion from Eminönü to Anadolu Kavağı, a small seaside village on Macar Bay at the entrance to the Black Sea. It was a mesmerizing day enjoying astonishing views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait!

Houses Along the Bosphorus

Even with sunscreen, I got sunburned. The ferry departed Eminönü dock at 10:30 and returned at 5:30 – we had less than 100 passengers, a mere handful on the huge ferry-boat. The trip cost 25 Turkish Lira ($7). In a few hours, the weather changed from partly cloudy to overcast to clear and back again.

Houses Along Bosphorus Strait
Tea Garden Near Yoros Castle Anadolu Kavağı

Including stops to pick up passengers, it took about two hours to get to Anadolu Kavağı. Before the trip I was getting bridges, mosques, and palaces mixed up – now, I’m more confused. From the Bosphorus you can spot landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods – SultanahmetFatih, Ortaköy, Kanlıca, Beşiktaş, Karaköy, Üsküdar, Arnavutköy – and more, all with long difficult to pronounce Turkish names. It’s beautiful! I lost count of the bridges we passed connecting Istanbul’s Asian and European sides.

Anadolu Kavağı
Trail to Yoros Castle Overlooking Macar Bay
Yoros Castle and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

The boat docked at Anadolu Kavağı for several hours, allowing passengers time to enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant, take a walk, drink cay in a tea garden, or climb up to the ruins of Byzantine Yoros Castle. With a local fisherman’s help, I found a beautiful, less-traveled shortcut to the castle. At the vista point, I gasped at incredible panoramic views of the Black Sea, Bosphorus, and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge!

Ferry on Macar Bay Near Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge
Yoros Castle

The Byzantines built Yoros Castle Fortress in 1190 to protect Turkish Straits from invaders. The straits are a “unique system of waterways,” consisting of Istanbul’s Bosphorus, Çanakkale Straits (aka Dardanelles), and the Sea of Marmara connecting the Black and Mediterranean Seas.

Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque

Yoros Castle originally had eight massive towers and was restored by the Genoese in the 1300s and later by the Ottomans. Today it’s a Turkish military protected area.

Bosporus Strait

Yoros Castle – We Love Istanbul
Meeting of Two Seas – Marmara and Black

Anadolu Kavağı is like “a gate opening from the Marmara to the Black Sea”. After a climb to the castle, the reward is nature’s spectacular treat – unforgettable views of “green turning blue” when the Sea of Marmara meets the Black Sea!

Turkish Submarine in Bosphorus Strait
Kavağı Ferry Stop
Kanlica Ferry Stop
Dolmabahçe Palace
Mosque Anadolu Kavağı
Galata Tower
Hillside Houses Along the Bosphorus


    1. suemtravels

      Not sure Nermine – I booked my cruise through the hotel where I was staying. It was a dinner cruise and mostly Turkish families. The entertainment was fun but the highlight was seeing Istanbul a night from the Bosphorus – beautiful!!

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