Galata bridge is one of the bridges that connects the old town and the new town (the european side).
The bridge is always full with fisherman and street vendows and below you will find a lot of restaurants , most of them are sea food restaurants.
One of the restaurants is TRES - you can read about this restaurants on my restaurants page.
I saw the large fishing poles - they must be for something the size of a sturgeon. Walking behind the myriad of fisherman I saw the small fish swimming in buckets.
That must be the live bait.
No - it was the catch. They used huge poles to catch what was maybe 3 or 4 of these bite sized fishies. Ivan and Feyza took me to a restaurant and there they were, battered and fried, I ate them head and all.
Walking underneathe the bridge along the lower level you will find several restaurants and shops. Medium sized ships and ferries pass underneath, and if you look like a foreigner somebody will try to sell you something.
This is the place to be in the afternoon. The place to bring her with you. The place to drink pilsner type Efes. The place where to enjoy good fish. The place where to smoke water pipe. The places where to discuss about politics. The place where to listening to the call from Mosques... Even if it's a busy visit you will come here
every evening yjust ot be in contact with Istanbul.
This is the pier by the Sirkeci Railway Station from where most of the ferries depart towards Asia (Uskudar), Pera, the Bosphorus…
There are 3 buildings, 1 for the Asian side, another for Pera and Bosphorus and another for Golden Horn. At the end, by the Galata Bridge, is the Hydrofoil for the Princess Islands.
Even if you are not gonna take any ferry, is an interesting area to feel Istanbul's daily activity, and to have a quick snack of fresh fried fish from one of the little boats selling fish sandwiches...
The Galata bridge is one of the bridges that unite the two European parts of Istanbul. The Galata district, as it is called the new European part, is where you'll see the modern Istanbul. The prominent Galata Tower seems to have been built in 1349 and the view from the restaurant at the top is fantastic. See it in the late evening when sky, water and buildings are stained lavender and rose by the sunset, and Istanbul takes on its most photogenic aspect of nostalgic mistery.
We drove over the Galata bridge quite a few times and it was amazing to see all the people fishing from there. Not only was it the men, but it seems to me that the family joins them in the fun too.
The bridge across the Golden horn at Eminonu to Karakoy is two decks, top for traffic and lower bars and cafes. The top deck is where the fishermen cast their lines.
Do cross over this bridge. It is possible to spend quite some time people watching here. Also great photo oppurtunities.
There is just a wonderful atmosphere!
Picture is taken from Galata bridge. There on the top of the hill is "shining" Galata tower. I would reccomend not miss this place!
Taking a walk to Istambul will bring you to the center, where is the Galata Bridge. You'll find there ambulant food sellers, fishermen and a fantastic view of the city