The Bosphorus Strait is a strategic waterway in Northwestern Turkey that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, separating Europe and Asia.
Its shores are packed with stunning architectural buildings, from imperial palaces, mosques, and towers to residential houses in styles of yesterday and today. Added to this landscape are parks and villages, making it a good option for sightseeing. Most of the Istanbul’s landmarks are within view from the strait.
Cruising at the Bosphorus gives us a very rare opportunity to see the sights of two continents – Europe and Asia – in one go. To the East lies the Asian part of Turkey while the European side lies to the West.
It is also the best option for those who don’t have ample time in the city to cover plenty of its key attractions. Take a cruise tour is a wise way to enjoy many Istanbul’s must-see in one journey.
The scenic view along the strait is something to behold. So, don’t forget your camera and to take a photo of yourself while in Europe and Asia!
Notable landmarks along the route
Watch for the grandiose Dolmabahçe Palace on the European coast of the Bosphorus Strait. This historical landmark was built in the 19th century, combining many styles of European architecture. The palace served as the administrative center and the primary residence of six sultans from 1856 to 1922.
Another sight to behold is the Rumeli Fortress or Rumelihisari which sits on a hill within Turkey’s Sariyer District at the European side of the Bosphorus. It was built between 1451 and 1452 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II as he was preparing for his siege of Constantinople.
The Maiden’s Tower lies on a small islet off the Asian coast of the Bosphorus Strait at Turkey’s Üsküdar District. According to Turkish legend, the tower was built by an emperor who wanted to protect his beloved daughter from death by snakebite, as prophesied by an oracle. Thus, the name Maiden’s Tower.