Anadolu Kavagi, last stop of Bosphorus ferry and Yoros Castle Istanbul
Istanbul by Night, Passenger boats, fish market, bosphorus cruise, Anadolu Kavagi where the Genoese castle up the hill offers views of the Black sea and the Bosphorus. Anadolu kavagi is the last stop of Bosphorus cruise of the Istanbul municipality ferry boats.
Yoros Castle up the hill in Anadolu Kavagi was built by a Genoese trade colony. It also amazing to think that Anadolu Kavagi was also home to Phoenician trade colony, sailors sailing from Lebanon, some 3000 years ago. Recent archeological excavations are done in the castle.
WHAT TO DO IN ANADOLU KAVAGI AND YOROS CASTLE
Anadolu Kavagi is a small fishing village north of the Bosphorus on the Asian side where you can have lunch. You may eat fried mussle sandwitches if you are into seafood especially good during winter and spring time. You should do the bargaining for the fish before you enter any fish restaurant. There are also many waffle shops and fast food places around the boat station.
You can do a short trek above the small fishing village to the Genoese Yoros Castle overlooking the Black sea and the Bosphorus. The vistas are wonderful, in a blue sea extending over to Odessa, Ukraine. You will see ships going to countries around black Sea such as Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia. They look like small whitish dots on the blue of the sea. And if you turn around you will see the straight of Bosphorus in all its grandeur lying to the south.
HOW TO GO TO ANADOLU KAVAGI AND YOROS CASTLE
Anadolu Kavagi is the last stop of municipality ferries departing Eminonu. Please note that most other Bopshorus cruises and tours do not travel as far as Anadolu Kavagi. Inquire before joining a cruise as Anadolu Kavagi is close to the end of Black Sea entrance of Bopshorus and far from Eminonu or Besiktas.