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“A break from the bustle of Istanbul”
Review of Anadolu Kavagi

Anadolu Kavagi
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$103.15*
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Half-Day Istanbul Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise...
Ranked #94 of 1,156 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Today Anadolu Kavagi is a sleepy fishing village located near the narrowest part of the Bosphorus. But the ruined castles, fortifications and ancient temples that surround it show how strategically important the area has been for millennia. The hills above the village give a beautiful view of the water and a welcome respite from city noise.
Reviewed April 9, 2014

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.

8  Thank Ms_Moggy
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

A small, still quite pretty place, with hundreds of restaurants catering for tourists on cruises from Istanbul, all wanting to eat fish. We found it difficult to choose a good one and ended up having a pretty mediocre dinner. The fish would have been better (and cheaper, and fresher) back in Istanbul.

3  Thank ELear
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

While most traces of a sleepy fishing village are gone, Anadolu Kavagi was still a nice town to visit as part of a Bosphorus cruise. The three hour gap between sailings was enough time for us to hike up to the ruined castle and eat lunch at one of the seafood restaurants along the Bosphorus. The hike was good exercise - a steep climb so maybe a bit long for older people or small children. The castle is closed to visitors, but you can see the exterior and the great views of the Bosphorus and the Black Sea in the distance. The restaurants down by the water all seemed to be about the same, so pick whatever looks best to you and try to sit right on the water if possible. It was nice to have a small-town experience and see a different side to the huge city of Istanbul.

4  Thank 274beckyk
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We enjoyed our day trip up the Bosphorus on the IDO ferry (leaving from Eminönü). Once in Anadolu we walked around the town and hiked up the hill to the ruins of the Yoros castle, with spectacular views along the way, and once at the top, a distant view of the Black sea . We returned to Anadolu for lunch at one of the many seaside cafes and took the ferry back to Istambul. If you get to the ferry early you can get a good seat on one of the covered decks.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Stopped off briefly as part of our boat tour. Usual restaurants etc, and a nice little place to stop. Also part of Asia, so you can do two continents in one boat trip which is interesting!

1  Thank Mark C
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