Aerial view of the Bosphorus Strait, showing the clear division between the European and Asian sides, with vibrant cityscapes on both coasts.

Bosphorus Strait

  • Boğaziçi, İstanbul, Türkiye

The Bosphorus Strait, a natural waterway that defines the boundary between Europe and Asia, is one of Istanbul’s most remarkable features. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and, by extension, the Mediterranean. This strategic and picturesque strait has been a crucial maritime route and a central figure in the historical and cultural development of the region. Cruising the Bosphorus offers breathtaking views of Istanbul’s skyline, adorned with silhouettes of mosques and modern architecture, creating a seamless blend of the old and the new. Along its shores lie ancient palaces, fortresses, and luxurious waterfront mansions, testament to centuries of opulence and strategic importance.