The Bosphorus

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Whether explored in person or seen from the vantage point of a boat on the water, the Bosphorus shores are home to some of the prettiest parts of the city. Both sides of the strait are dotted with palaces, fortresses, and waterfront neighborhoods lined with old wooden summer homes, called yalıs (waterside mansions), which were built for the city's wealthier residents in the Ottoman era. As you cruise up the Bosphorus, you’ll have the chance to disembark at some of these waterside enclaves for a stroll.

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Arnavutköy

This picturesque European-side neighborhood just below Bebek is a pleasant place for a stroll. The waterfront is taken up by…

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Ortaköy

The charming neighborhood of Ortaköy is popular with both locals and visitors and is a lovely spot to spend a…

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Bebek

One of Istanbul's most fashionable suburbs, Bebek is especially popular with the affluent boating set, thanks to the area's pretty,…

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