Istanbul has a perfect relationship with the sea. The straight protects the coast from big storms, and that allows the Turks to treat it almost as a river. Big and small boats, palaces and restaurants almost at water level, and a special care to turn to the water "the city's face best side".
Will it be alike in winter?
The Ortakoy area is just past the last tram stop after it crosses the Galata Bridge. You can walk the distance and view the Dolmabahce Palace on the way. It is a small area abutting the Bosphorus where the small winding streets have been turned into a park and dining area with many restaurants, all just below the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (more about the bridge at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatih_Sultan_Mehmet_Bridge) which spans the Bosphorus betwen the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Just below the bridge is also the Ortakoy Cami (Mosque) on the waterside.
Fondest memory: Just sitting at one of the waterside restaurants enjoying a drink with our friend and her family who were there to meet up with us and show us their town.(sorry I have had to remove the picture at the request of our friend, she is being forced by her government to remove any signs of her visiting Israel or having friends from Israel)
Fondest memory: Ortaköy is one of the most fun places in Istanbul. It's often overlooked by tourists, being a little further away from the more famous sites. The best way to get here is by ferry. Here you will find a variety of restaurants, cafés, clubs, an open food market and more. You should come here at least twice, once during the day and then again at night.
Ortakoy is a touristic area where you can enjoy dozens of cafes,bars and fish restaurants..
The Ortakoy square is a lovely place to take a stroll,sit and enjoy your tea whilst gazing at Bosphorus..
Favorite thing: Ortakoy mosque is one of the nicest mosques in Istanbul...It is located in a favourite touristic area called Ortakoy ..Walking distance from Besiktas..