The waters around Istanbul attract yachtsmen from all over the world. Here you can delight in splendid natural landscapes,open seas and magnificent sunsets as well as voyage through Byzantine and Ottoman history as you sail past the impressive casfles, palaces and mosques. After navigating the breathtaking Bosphorus or Golden Horn, you can return to one of the two large marinas in the area. Atakoy Marina on the European side and Kalamis Marina on the Asian side,both offer 24 hour service. Every summer Istanbul hosts international offshore yacht races.
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The former fishing villages that line both sides of the Bosphorus are inherently different in their nature from the rest of the city that has now encompassed them: They are characterized by the profusion of yalis, old multistory wooden houses built by the Ottomans to look out over the strait, and life in the villages moves at a slower pace, with the shores often lined by scores of fishermen, quaint little ferry docks, and, by contrast, rows of lavish motor yachts. On the European side, the easiest village to access—and perhaps one of the liveliest spots in town—is Ortaköy. Just next to the colossal Bosphorus suspension bridge, it has a bustling cobbled square by the water lined with fish restaurants and a striking neoclassical mosque (pictured) that’s dramatically floodlit at night. Farther up are the villages of Kuruçesme, Arnavutköy (renowned for its wealth of fish restaurants), Bebek, Rumeli Hisari and its 15th-century fortress, and finally, Emirgan, site of the famed Sakip Sabanci Museum and its restaurant.
You can reach all of these places by bus or taxi, and the two-and-a-half-mile waterside walk from Kuruçesme to Rumeli Hisari is highly recommended. Another option is to take the public ferry, which leaves twice a day from Eminönü and Besiktas (see www.ido.com.tr for timetables) and sails all the way up to the village of Anadolu Kavagi, one of the last stops before the Black Sea; a trip here makes for a great day out, with a fish lunch at one of the many restaurants facing the Bosphorus and a hike up to the ruined fortress on the hill above the village. Alternatively, surrender to your inner hedonist and hire your own private yacht for the day