Bosphorus Cruise to Istanbul’s Anadolu Kavağı

Bosphorus Scenery

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 euphoric, mesmerizing day enjoying astonishing views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus Strait!

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

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 even more confused. From the middle of the Bosphorus you can spot landmarks and Istanbul districts and neighborhoods –  Fatih, Ortaköy, Arnavutköy, Kanlıca, Beşiktaş, Karaköy, Üsküdar, Sultanahmet – and more, all with long difficult to pronounce Turkish names…. It’s beautiful! I lost count of all 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 anchored at Anadolu Kavağı for several hours, allowing 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 the help of a local fisherman 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 Hellespont – and the Marmara Sea connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

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

Bosporus Strait

Sultan_Ahmed_Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Sultanahmet District 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

Kavagi Ferry Stop

Kanlica Ferry Stop

Dolmabahçe Palace

Mosque Anadolu Kavagi

Galata Tower

Hillside Houses Along the Bosphorus

2 thoughts on “Bosphorus Cruise to Istanbul’s Anadolu Kavağı

    • 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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