Istanbul is a city that spans great
bodies of water, joining the continents
of Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus.
Although to most people "Old
means the historic European peninsula
Mosque and Byzantine
the first known settlement in this
area was actually at Chalcedon (Kadıköy)
on the Asian shore.
Today the Asian districts of Istanbul,
including Üsküdar (Scutari), Kadıköy and
other districts along the eastern Sea
of Marmara shore, are more
than just residential suburbs.
of the city's growth is
eastward on the Asian side. The burgeoning
business center at Kozyatağı,
the YHT High-Speed Train station at Pendik, and Sabiha
Airport at Kurtköy,
are important Istanbul destinations
in their own right.
Any visitor can spend a few pleasant, interesting hours on the Asian shore, but some choose to make it their Istanbul hotel base—with good reason. More...
Queen Mother Mosque (Valide-i
Cedid Camii, 1710) in Üsküdar, Istanbul,
a ferry from
ferry docks to Üsküdar,
or the Marmaray from Sirkeci, visit Üsküdar's historic mosques and
its lively shopping districts for
a few hours, then float back to the
European side, having taken an intercontinental
cruise in a day!
Go north from Üsküdar
by bus or taxi to Beylerbeyi to
visit the gem of an Ottoman
palace of that
Go south from Üsküdar by bus, taxi or Marmaray and Metro to Kadıköy, a bustling suburb with active ferry docks, city bus station, and a Metro station. Wander through the market, just inland from the ferry docks and Metro station, and the Moda neighborhood, just a few minutes' stroll south, for its pleasant tea gardens offering wonderful views of Old Istanbul.
Farther southeast along the Sea
of Marmara shore are some of
Istanbul's nicest garden
Suadiye and Bostancı, reachable
by Metro, bus, or by fast seabus
catamaran ferry from
Kabataş or Yenikapı.
Islands in the Sea
of Marmara are also reachable
from Bostancı, and from Pendik a car
ferry sails to Yalova on
the Marmara's southeastern shore.
—by Tom Brosnahan