Bounded by the mystic waters of the Golden Horn, Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, Istanbul exudes an air of mystery, romance and sensual beauty. The ancient city offers a journey back in time with its exquisitely-tiled mosques, opulent palaces, steamy hammams (Turkish baths) and bustling bazaars.
The former capital of three great empires is pure discovery. After immersing ourselves in Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman splendor, we didn´t miss the opportunity of watching fiery sunsets over the Bosphorus. The silhouette of the mosques from the Galata Bridge definitely left the most indelible impression on us.
Golden Sunset on Eminönü
Where better to be than in one of Istanbul’s oldest and most magnificent squares to taste the traditional mackerel sandwich as the sun begins to set. Surrounded by old bazaars and impressive mosques, the iconic Eminönü Plaza is always bustling with activity.
During the daytime, this chaotic hub on the shores of the old peninsula is packed with locals, tourists, merchants and vendors selling all kind of goods. The glorious golden light in the late afternoon creates such a warm and glowy atmosphere.
Istanbul Fish Sandwich
Balik Ekmek is a grilled mackerel fillet sandwich served up on boats in Eminonu Harbor. Simple yet delicious, the freshly grilled fish sandwich is a signature Istanbul street food. Each sandwich is stuffed with lettuce and thinly sliced onion for less than 6tl.
The neon-adorned boats rock back and forth at the dock as the tantalizing smell of fried fishes fills the air. As we could not resist the temptation, we secured a barred and stool, and savored the treat with a glass of Şalgam, the traditional accompaniment to the Balik Ekmek.
Sunset Beer Under Galata Bridge
Adorned by the domes and minarets of the imperial mosques, Istanbul‘s evocative skyline is absolutely unique at sunset. Under Galata Bridge, we enjoyed the serenity and tranquility of the Bosphorous with a fresh Turkish beer.
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