After spending almost two weeks in Istanbul, Daniel and I had one last item on our list: catching a Bosphorus sunset from the water. We had witnessed several amazing sunsets during our visit to Istanbul so far, but none from a boat. We considered taking a cruise but decided that was too much money and opted for a ferry ride instead.
And that is how we ended up taking a day trip to the Kadıköy neighborhood on the ferry. It seemed like a good opportunity to check out a new neighborhood as we’d spent most of our time so far rambling around the European side of the city and checking out the top Istanbul tourist sights. Crossing the Bosphorus meant that we were actually travelling to Asia as Istanbul is a city that spans across two continents.
Once in Kadıköy, we spent the afternoon exploring the Kadıköy Market as well as the local art scene. There are quite a few interesting murals painted on the sides of various buildings in the Kadıköy neighborhood. We’d heard about the murals but weren’t sure where exactly to find them and so hunted around the neighborhood for a few hours.
But the real highlight of the day was the spectacular Bosphorus sunset during our return trip on the ferry. The sun put on an amazing show as it slowly dipped below the horizon and painted the sky a gorgeous array of colors. It was a fitting end to our fabulous visit to Istanbul, which continues to be one of my favorite cities.
It was also a much cheaper way to catch a Bosphorus sunset as opposed to shelling out a bunch of money for a touristy cruise. The ferries are plentiful in Istanbul and often much faster than taking a car or other overland transportation. Ferries are also incredibly easy to take. All you need is an IstanbulKart (Istanbul Card), which is an all-round boarding pass that can be used on public transportation including the metro, buses and trams. We used Google Maps to help us plan our route and it worked like a charm.
Read on to see some pictures of our day trip to Kadıköy as well as the Bosphorus sunset later in the day.
Ferry to Kadıköy Neighborhood
Kadıköy Farmers Market
Murals in the Kadıköy Neighborhood
Bosphorous Sunset from the Ferry
Where are we now?
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Vagabonding Journey Status: Day 101
For more details on our vagabonding journey, see my previous posts:
- Day 93: Unmissable Istanbul: Unicorn’s Top 10 Tourist Attractions
- Day 92: New Year’s Eve in Istanbul: Street Food and Birthday Pub Crawl Shenanigans
- Day 89: A Tour of Romania’s Castles: Day Trip to Transylvania
- Day 84: Christmas Abroad in Bucharest, the Little Paris of the East
- Day 79: A Tour of Sofia’s Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas Market)
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