Welcome to The Bosphorus Strait
Divan Yolu and İstiklal Caddesi are always awash with people, but neither is the city's major thoroughfare. That honour goes to the mighty Bosphorus Strait, which joins the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denizi) with the Black Sea (Karadeniz), 32km north of the Galata Bridge. Over the centuries the Bosphorus has been crossed by conquering armies, intrepid merchants and many an adventurous spirit. These days, thousands of İstanbullus commute along it; fishing vessels try their luck in its waters; huge tankers and container ships make a stately progress down its central channel; and tourists ride the excursion ferries that ply its length. On one side is Europe, on the other Asia – both shores are lined with historic yalıs (seafront mansions) and have loads of attractions. As a result, a day spent exploring by ferry and/or bus is enormously rewarding.