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What To See In The Asian Side Of Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the biggest cities in the world with more than 15 million inhabitants. The city consists of two coasts that meet at the Bosphorus which are called the Asian and the European sides. Admitting that the city was found in the historical peninsula in the European Side and the empires were ruled from there, this part may seem more interesting for the visitors, however there is also a lot to see in the other side of the town which will make you feel more local and realize the contrast between the areas in town.If you have more than three days in the city, you should cross to the other side to have a clear idea on how the locals do in their everyday life. Here are some places that you should check during your visit to the Asian Side of Istanbul.


kadikoyKadikoy is called the center in the Asian Side which may be seen as the Taksim neighbourhood in European Side. It is quite accesible from any place in the city and the best way to get there is taking the boats to cross the Bosphorus. This panoramic trip will also give you a basic orientation about the city. Kadikoy is famous with with its market, cafes and hipster nightlife. In the market, where also restaurants located, you may find the best examples of turkish cuisine and the street food. Then you can enjoy your coffee in one of the third generation coffee shops and you may end your day in a pub in Moda after some shopping in the Bagdat Avenue. You will figure out how vibrating this part is with all the young people through the coast, you may join the party especially in summertime as it never ends.

Princess Islands

princes islands istanbulPrincess Islands are some of the best escapes from the chaos of the town which still may make you feel the samples of the rural life. Especially the smaller islands, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Kinaliada are less populated and peaceful while Buyukada is quite touristic and crowded in particularly in the summertime. There are also beaches to enjoy besides the pastoral nature and relics from the Christian history of the islands.



Camlica Hill

camlica hillIt is still one of the best places in town to have a glance at Istanbul, which also is a popular touristic attraction with all the cafes, restaurants and the beatiful garden. The view of the Bosphorus and the mouth of the Golden Horn is breathtaking, you also may shoot some really nice photos if you are into photography. Do not forget to wander in Kuzguncuk neighbourhood before climbing the hill where is quite famous with it’s houses and architecture. Also, the biggest mosque in town, Buyuk Camlica Mosque, could be visited if you are interested in.

Beylerbeyi Palace

beylerbeyi palaceThis Imperial Summer Residence was built in the 1860’s by the Sultan Abdulaziz and used to entertain the governors and their guests. The palace seems quite elegant from the Bosphorus and has two seperate pavillions to bath, for men and women. The complex of palace consists of a large garden, the main palace, four little chalets and a pool. An admission is required to visit the palace.


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