Bosphorus Strait

Bosphorus Strait

The Bosphorus Strait is a water mass that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. Yes, the city of Istanbul lies on two continents. It is the world’s narrowest strait and it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The borders of the Bosphorus are defined as the connecting line between the lighthouses Rumeli Feneri and Anadolu Feneri in the north and between the Ahırkapı Feneri and the Kadıköy İnciburnu Feneri in the south. 
 
Boat trips along the Bosphorus Strait is very popular. Some of these boat trips start at the Josephine’s Palace all the way to the Black Sea and back. It lasts about five hours which includes a lunch stop midway.  The lined up houses and buildings make it both charming and brilliant. The minarets that stand out truly paints a remarkable picture of the Istanbul skyline.
 
People who visit Istanbul often only circle in the center of the city, for those who take part in these boat trips are pleasant surprises in the shape of well preserved buildings along the shoreline. On clear days one can spot dolphins that chase alongside the boats to entertain their onlookers.
 
Along the way one passes two huge bridges constructed with both functionality and modern trends in mind. It is remarkable to see the European and Asian sides of one city. Some boat rides last around two hours and there are day trips that allow people to wander around on the Asian side of the city before making their way back to the most known parts of Istanbul.
 
During summer months an evening cruise would be ideal. Not only will the weather permit for comfortable conditions in sailing, but the shoreline will be picturesque when light up  by the homes, shops, restaurants and other buildings. On a lucky day, a perfect sunset may present itself making for an unforgettable evening on the waters of the Bosphorus Strait.