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b2run
Ontario, Canada284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's about a 30 minute climb from town on a constant incline. There are some awesome views along the way, but the best ones are at the castle itself. One way you can see down the Bosphorus and the other way you can see the intercontental bridge with the Black Sea beyond. There's no charge to get in. The fort was an old Roman build. It's not in great shape, but picturesque and interesting. If you go down the path in the far corner of the castle, you will pass through a restaurant with more incredible views.
Written March 24, 2024
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Aleksandra
Cambridge, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Yoros Castle offers unexpectedly impressive views of the Bosphorus and Black Sea considering it isn't all that high up (it only took about 30 minutes to find and climb to the highest point of from the bottom of the pier at Anadolu Kavağı). At the same time, it is one of those castles more accurately described as the mostly abandoned ruins of one, so don't expect more than excellent views in the midst of all the stone, knolls and thicket.
Written January 31, 2023
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FredZ951
Minneapolis, MN92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you take the Bosphorus Cruise, this is about the only activity while you wait for the return trip. The view is pretty good. We stopped at the Restaurant (not part of the castle but on the property) where the food was good but not great.
Written January 17, 2020
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MadTob2017
Stockholm, Sweden59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
We decided to see the Yoros Castle on our last day as a little nice outing before our evening flights, and I'm so glad we did.

We were stayed in Sisli and one of the hotel staff helped us navigate as we wanted to do the trip independently and not as part of the Bosphoros tour (it's quieter and you get more time that way). Although the trip there was a 'mission' with metro, bus and ferry, it took around 45 minutes to get to Haciosman tube stop where bus 25 (you need to buy a ticket beforehand/Istanbulkart which we were not aware of) will take you to Sariyer port. Extremely limited English was spoken in the area but everything was pretty straightforward. We timed it so we got the 9 am ferry to the island, and since we had set out early we had about 40 minutes to kill in Sariyer. There is an excellent bakery on the right-hand side of the main road just around a corner and so we got some breakfast and munched away on a bench by the water.

It is a quick 10 minute ride to the island and we appeared to be the only tourists there, as 'the locals' were just opening up their shops and restaurants. Apart from the beautiful houses by the port and the view of the castle, what will strike you is the large number of stray dogs (and pregnant cats). I am quite scared of dogs but did not worry so much since they were all earmarked (trying to convince myself this eradicated rabies/included castration). The dogs, however, literally cling on to you and we had a group of three following us from the port all the way up to the castle, where they waited around before they accompanied us back down - such cuties! I almost shed a tear as we lost them when they started chasing another dog.

The climb up takes about 20 minutes and is relatively steep, but wasn't too strenuous. Besides even if it had been it is definitely worth it. The view of Istanbul/the sea is breathtaking and although we couldn't enter the castle it was nice to see from the outside. On a sunny day, it made for lovely photos, with nobody around except our three four-legged friends and a caretaker who quickly passed by. There are some cafes up there but they were not yet opened when we left.

As we strolled down waiting for the 12 ferry to take us back, we decided to tuck in to a 6 lira mackerel sandwich from one of the shops, enjoying it outside. So fresh and so delicious with the fried vegetables. From the brief conversation we could have, we were told that 'the tourists' start coming around 12, so I would highly recommend coming here early in the morning.

The island is home to quite a few military areas and no photography signs but this is nothing troublesome. We also had time to stroll along the coast to the right of the port whilst waiting for the ferry, again enjoying a beautiful view and encountering little doggies and cats.

All in all we spent three hours there, which was more than enough. I would highly recommend going there by public ferry as it makes for a nice outing, you practically get the whole place to yourself, and you also get to see suburban Saryier.
Written April 4, 2013
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John S
320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The castle is in ruins but the views are spectacular. The only downside is the litter among the ruins but it is worth the hike.
Written June 6, 2022
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JLM3080
Bognor Regis, UK1,207 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a short walk /climb from Kavagi, and its worth the walk for the views. When I was last here you could go in and wander around, but the place has been closed off so you can only get to the outside walls, and many of these have been grafitied. I am sure it could be made more of as its a great viewing location. Its still quite interesting though and worth the walk
Written July 5, 2018
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Brenton K
Adelaide, Australia1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Go for the views, just stunning. Take the underground from Istanbul, then a bus to Sariyer, then the ferry to Anadolu. You won't be disappointed.
Written June 13, 2018
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Botond Teszári
Sarvar, Hungary76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
For a 20 minutes climb you get beautiful sights of the entrance of the Black Sea. During the way there are several restaurants with beautiful view of the Bosphorus. Enjoy:).
Written April 30, 2018
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Ignaz G
Croom, MD35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I visited the fortress a good few years back, and I see from the photos that some things have changed. The new bridge may be fantastic, but it may also change the old, rural character of the surrounding "Bosphorus villages". It definitely spoils the old view a bit.

Although called Kalesi (Tower) here, this site was once a full Byzantine fortress (Hisari) of modest size. The strategic importance of the location is obvious once you are there. That is also the most outstanding characteristic - amazing views out over the Bosphorus and Black Sea below. The remnants are not particulalarly well preserved, but at least there has not been a huge amount of modern "reconstruction". the original Byzantine brickwork is fascinating in, and of, itself.

It seems that some sort of visitor center, snack bar and parking lot now "grace" the site. Some would call that "progress". What I see is that the encroachment of vegetation hasn't been abated much since I was there, and adding buildings and parking won't help any preservation efforts either. I'd say - go before it experiences terminal decline. It has historic value, the village below used to (may still) have some charm, and it is an enjoyable ride on the Vapur (Ferry) up there if you take that route. Be advised that the walk up to the site from town is very steep.....perhaps they should have kept it that way.
Written April 6, 2018
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Rachel E
Pipera, Romania193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Stepping off the Bosphorus ferry, the road out of the village leads up to the castle. It takes about 20 mins. The castle has been closed up sadly. Yet the views of the Bosphorus are stunning. There seemed to be another path from the castle along the hill. Take a picnic blanket as the grass is dry or dead.
Written August 27, 2017
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