Bosporus Travel Guide
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Bosporus Travel Guide
Boat tours provide visitors with unique city views from this strait separating Europe & Asia. The Bosphorus is the neighbourhoods of Istanbul that lie along the banks of the channel of the same name that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and separates Europe from Asia.
This article only describes the European bank of the Bosphorus, and nearby sections of its Black Sea coast. For the Asian bank of Bosphorus (and the more extensive eastern Black Sea coast) see Istanbul/Asian Side.
In Turkish Boğaz means the Bosphorus channel, while Boğaziçi is the word for these neighbourhoods. These began as separate fishing villages, and even today have not completely grown into each other. So they each have a different character, with late Ottoman palaces, parks, and lush woodlands. This is one of the most scenic districts of Istanbul, especially in May when the Judas trees (Turkish: Erguvan, Latin: Cercis siliquastrum) swathe the shoreline and the hills with their deep-pink flowers.
The Bosphorus is the only way for Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine to reach the Mediterranean Sea and other seas. Sovereignty over the straits is also an important issue for the riparian countries besides Turkey.
When to visit Bosporus
Bosporus is a year-round destination, though most visitors arrive May–Sep, when the weather is warm to hot and humid. Winters (Nov–Feb) are cold and wet, and often snowy.
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