A very pleasant ferry trip from Eminonu. You can get the ferry the locals take, no need for an expensive 'trip'. See the lovely villas along the Bosphorous as you go. Once there, bear in mind that you must finish lunch in time to take the ferry back! Lunch was ok, nothing special, sea bream with salad and chips in a nice location by the sea. Quite expensive, but we expected this. The restauranteurs are pretty pushy and all try to grab you as soon as the ferry lands, which is pretty tiresome. Where the fish is priced by the kilo, ASK HOW MUCH THE FISH WEIGHS BEFORE ACCEPTING IT. You can then work out the price of the fish, at least. We knew what our bill would come to, but we saw many other people disputing the bill after lunch. As my husband said 'funny that all four of us had fish which weighed exactly one kilo!'
The village is quite pretty and friendly. We found the walk up to the ruined castle too steep in the heat, but our friends did it and had good views from up there. It was nice to get fresh air and away from the bustle of Istanbul for a day. I'd recommend it if you are spending at least four days in the city, but not really worth taking a day out on a shorter trip.
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