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Anadolu Kavagi is the last stop of the Bosphorus ferry. It is a village on the Asian side of the strait. Here there are a lot of fishrestaurants, a few souvenir stalls and dondurma sellers. Everything for the daytrippers comming with the ferry.
On the hill above the village there is a castle from where the view is supposed to be great. Unfortunatly I couldn't make it there as the rain was really heavy.
Anadolu Kavagi and Yoros Kalesi
So, you've taken my advice and have arrived in Anadolu Kavagi, and now you're asking me why I've brought you here when there's nothing but fish restaurants and ice cream parlours. Well, ignore all the restaurant touts, and push your way through the village (push in the literal sense, as it can get quite crowded in summer!) to a road heading past the military base. Climb up and up, until you see a sign pointing to Yoros Castle (it is well hidden, so keep your eyes peeled...look out for steps leading to a cafe on the left). It is a steep, seemingly more so in the heat, so take plnty of water with you...it is worth it though, as you'll discover when you enter a ruined archway into an even more ruined castle. With panoramic views down the Bosphorus and up to the Black Sea, this is a popular place for a picnic.
While waiting for the boat, buy an ice cream and watch the local kids perform for the crowds by throwing somersaults of the roof of the ferry.
On the way back to Eminonu, look out for the summer houses or yalilar. Some of the older ones are really quite pretty, although a couple of the wooden ones could do with some renovation. Newer yalilar have been built by the nouveau riche and it is always fun to peer into their backyards to see if they have more money than sense! Taking the ferry is really the only way you can appreciate Istanbul's coastal buildings, as most of them are well hidden from the road.
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Fresh fish and seafood with beautiful panaroma
Anadolukavagi is at the end of Bosphorus in the Asian side. This place is famous for several fish restaurants in this area. A beautiful panaroma and fresh fish is a fantastic combination to enjoy. Yoros Castle is also located here which you can take a steep walk to reach. You can take the boat from Sariyer or Eminonu. There is also a public bus from the Asian side. Especially during summer time, Anadolukavagi becomes one of the most popular spots in Istanbul.
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ANADOLU KAVAGI - The Village & Gourds
This small fishing village is the last stop on the Bosphorus cruise before you turn around and head back to Istanbul.
The boat drops you off by a square in the centre. Here there are plenty of Restaurants, and some Souvenir shops, there really isn't a lot here. There are more restaurants located on the way up to the Castle ruins, these have marvellous views of the Bosphorus.
One interesting shop I did see, "GOURDS", and I actually spoke to the Gentleman who made them into interesting designs.
See the photos! don't know how to explain, but they were different!
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ANADOLU KAVAGI - YOROS CASTLE
Yoros Castle is located in Anadolu Kavagi on the hill above the town.
It's here where the Bosphorus and the Black Sea meet, and it is one of the narrowest stretches of the Bosphorus. Rumeli Kavagai is a fortress on the other side. Years ago, a massive chain could be extended across the Bosphorus between these two points, cutting off the straits to attacking warships. Because of this, it is a very important area for the Turkish defence, so most of the area surrounding the Castle ruins are out of bounds.
To reach it you have to climb quite a steep hill, but its worth it, the views are fantastic. There isn't much left of the Castle!
Its nice to sit on the walls and watch all the Ships, there is a constant stream! A pretty spot!
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Where to visit.. Day 2 in Istanbul
After a long first day now you need to restore your memory, So I advice you to have a relaxing day and make a boat trip on the Bosphorus.. There are several excursion and small boats running a long the bosphorus, However I advice you to take a regular Ferry..
Ferries to the Bosphorus leaves from Eminonu, so take a tram and reach to Eminonu.. There are 3 ports at Eminonu and the ones running in the Bosphorus are leaving from number 3 port.. Ferries leaves at 10:35, 12:00 and 13,35 in summer.. The ferry ticket costs around 5 €
We call the Bosphorus ferry as the Begger Ferry, due that it stops almost in every port a long the Bosphorus waterway and Begs:) for passengers.. When you take the boat from Eminonu to Anadolu kavagi after a tour of around 1,5 hrs you will reach the fortress at the connection of Black sea.. During your tour you will see very nice houses, old buildings along the Bosphorus and you will enjoy travelling between Europe to Asia and back again.. Please care attention to the time schedule, Ferries only operates during summer season, during winter there is only one ferry leaving at around 6 pm..
When you reach the Anadolu kavagi, first thing to do is to learn the hours of return ferry, There are again three ferries returning back and choose your desired return time... Then you can climb up to the hill and reach the walls of Fortress. There you will see the Bosphorus meeting with the Black sea. A very nice panoramic view.
In Anadolu kavagi there are many nice fish restaurants you can have lunch in one of these fish restaurants and prices are relatively cheap. After touring in the small village and having eaten your lunch, now is the time to return. You can take the ferry back to Eminonu.
Do not forget to bring your camera with you with enough films on it. ,You shall have many snaps along the Bosphorus. You can also bring a book with you. It is nice to sit at the top of the fortress and read a book.
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A cruise which it seems everyone does with 1 in winter 10.35 and 2 in summer from May 1,leaving at 10.35 and 13.35.Boat goes almost to the top of the Bosphorus and stops at Anadolu Kavagi.Return is at 15.00 and or 17.00.
Anadolu Kavagi is full of restaurants and if you want a trip upto the old fort.
If your lucky you could see dolphins swimming by,i've seen them twice.
Trip takes 90 mins.
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Anadolu Kavagi is on the way up the Bosphorus to the black sea.
This is the last stop of the ferry from Istanbul and located on the asian side.
There are nice restaurants at the bottom near the ferry's station and you can climb up the hill to the fortress to see the beautiful view of the bosphorus.
Anadolu Kavagi is a little fishermen village in the asian side of the Bosphorus, near the Black Sea. You can go there using the local ferries that depart daily from the number 3 building at the Eminonu Pier. There are at least 2 boats daily. They take 2 hours to get there, stop there for 3 hours and return, so you have time enough for a nice lunch by the sea and a little walk around.
You can find more details on restaurants… at my “Anadolukavagi” page.
Don’t take organised tours for this, is very easy and cheap (5 euros return) to get there (see the prices at the pic).
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The Genose Fortress - Fortress of Asia
The ruins of a small fortress built by Sultan Beyazit during the 1390's. Located on the opposite side of the Bosphorus to The Fortress of Europe. The small fortress stood on a hilltop overlooking the Bosphorus.
Our photo was from the Bosphorus ferry.
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Located in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, Anadolukavagi is a small fishing village on the Asian side, near the point where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. There are many restaurants and cafes within the area, mostly here to accommodate the many people that arrive here on ferries for daytrips. Actually when we visited Anadolukavagi, we drove into town, knowing to stay away from the ferry landing area, where the workers at these restaurants try anything and everything to get you to come into their establishment. If you do in fact come here by ferry, I would advise running through the gauntlet of restaurants in the immediate landing area, and walk further into the town. The spots here are much better, and less stressful for that matter. Also as you walk around the village, you will see numerous old-fashioned, very attractive homes, many built in the early 1900's. One thing you must try to do is visit the Yoros Kalesi, a fortress atop the hill overlooking the village. It is an interesting historical site, and also provides some excellent views of the Bosphorus and the entrance of the Black Sea.
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Yoros castle ruins
Yoros castle is known already from Byzantine times, when it was strategic point when entering Bosporus from Black sea. In 1305 it was retaken by Ottomans, and castle was fortified. Later, from 1414 to 1454 it belonged to Genoese, but Ottomans, when taking Istanbul, both took again this strategic place. A mosque and more fortifications were added.
Nowadays it is just ruins, where you still could see a Byzantine style construction method - alternating layers of stone and brick. It is great place, as here you could see the sea connecting to Bosporus. It also great to know you are already in Asia, but another bank is Europe.
A BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN ISTANBUL
It s one of the popular sigths of Istanbul.It s very near teh city and still can stay as a village form cause it was military zone until 1990's and that reason saved these heaven from the concrete jungel.
Why do not go to at weekends?It s easy to go by public boat at took 1hour 35min.You can see all bosphorus all villages and sea villas (YALI) and bridges and nature and when you arrive to ANADOLUKAVAGI(there is another KAVAK.It s smaller and with less attraction RUMELI KAVAGI.Kavak is name of teh popla tree in turkish.ANADOLU means asian side in turkish "Anatolian" and Rumeli is European side (Rumeli means (Roman Lands) )
So local or foreigner tourists goes to weekend to this point and it s very full with people and you do not undertstand what are you doing? I suggest you to go there in the week or during the winters.
above the link of the time table of the public boats.
it departs 3 times from Emionu at 10:35,12:00 and 13:35 and depart from A.KAVAK 15:00,16:15,17:00
What to do?
When you arrive to A.Kavak walk around the small streets and be carefull and keep away from the ripe off prices.I suggest you to by half bread fish they can cheat very much for this budget food.But if you go to restaurant and check the menu.Do noy pay more 20,00YTL for each person.Check the prices.Fish can be 10,00YTL salat 3,00YTL bread ,coke,beer etc.
You boat will stay there about 3 hours.After lunch climd the hill and arrive the top of the town.There is a Byzantine (Genoian) castske YOROS in greek.It has beautiful wiew of the black sea exit of the Bosphorus strait.Bosphorus is not a river.It s the straight between black sea and Marmara (PROPONTIS)
A day in the bosphorus
In my opinion the best way to see the beauties of this city is taking the Bosphorus Excursion boat which departs from the Eminonu pier (located at the histýrical quarter in the European side). This boat would take you to the Anadolu Kavagi, a fisherman village close to the Black Sea enterance of Bosphorus. On the way you will be able to see wooden mansion, which are called "Yali" in Turkish, many palaces and castles and bridges of the Bosphorus. I took this trip both in Summer, Spring and Winter and like woman who looks beautiful whatever she wears, Istanbul was beautiful every time. But ones who wish to avoid the crowd should take this trip Autmn or Winter. Another bonus is fish is more delicous at this time at the restaurants of Anadolu Kavagi. Boat departs like 10:15 from Eminonu and Stops at Besiktas at 10:50. Then heads to Anadolu Kavagi.
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this is the last stop of the boat ride from the city
u should climb all the way to the top - the view there is great (its not an easy walk but it wont kill u as well)
u see all around u the water and the black sea - beautifull
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