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Best panoramic views of Istanbul

not lacking in Istanbulat Turkeyplaces to enjoy the incredible architecture of the old constantinople. The minarets of the mosques, the blue of the Bosphorus and the bustle of the streets deserve a break in the journey to be admired.

In this post we list the 5 places with panoramic views that we like the most in the city, whether they are to enjoy the sunset, have a 360 degree view of the Turkish metropolis or to relax without taking your eyes off this place that is a living history.

Top 5 – THE ASIAN SIDE

Istanbul is divided into two continents. One part of the city is in Asia and another in Europe. The most touristy part is undoubtedly the European one, but a boat trip across the Bosphorus to the Asian side is a must.

From the shores of Üsküdar, there is a beautiful view of the Bosphorus BridgeO Kız Kulesi (Torre de Leandro or Torre da Maiden) and from the entire city on the European side.

Bosphorus Bridge - Üsküdar, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

For anyone who wants to sit down and have a drink çay (traditional Turkish tea) and enjoy the view, the tip is to look for the Mistanbul Hancı Cafevery close to the train station. ferry boat from Üsküdar.

Üsküdar, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

+ See how to get to the Asian side

Top 4 – GALATA BRIDGE

Galata Bridge, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

One of the best-known places in Istanbul, the Galata Bridge lacks the postcard beauty that is the Bosphorus Bridgebut keep under the lanes where the cars and the tram a big surprise. Under the bridge are an infinity of bars and restaurants, which share space with the fishermen.

Galata Bridge, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

In the late afternoon, look for a table right on the edge of the golden hornopposite the exit to Bosphorus and watch one of the most incredible sunsets in the city. Take the opportunity to enjoy the lively early evening on the bridge.

Galata Bridge, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

GALATA BRIDGE
Station of tram Eminönü
+ Find out how to get there

TOP 3 – ORTAKÖY

Ortaköy and Bosphorus Bridge - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

the region of Ortaköy is one of the most popular in Istanbul, a place that brings together the main clubs. But during the day, the alleys are full of cafes and cool people.

One of these bars is on the banks of the Bosphorus, practically over the eponymous bridge, symbol of Istanbul.

Ortaköy and Bosphorus Bridge - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

+ See how to get to Ortaköy

TOP 2 – GÜLHANE PARKI

Right next to Topkapı Palace, tucked away at the top of Gülhane Parkı, I discovered the café Setustu Cay Bahcesi where the main attraction, besides the breathtaking view, is the çay.

Setustu Cay Bahcesi, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

With tables spread out on top of the mountain, the only item offered by the waiters is Turkish tea. It is served in large pots, one of them with hot water, which must be mixed with the çay.

Setustu Cay Bahcesi, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

Setustu Cay Bahcesi, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)Setustu Cay Bahcesi, Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

GÜLHANE PARK
Cankutaran Mh. 34122 – Eminonu

TOP 1 – GALATA TOWER

Galata Tower - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

Another symbol of Istanbul, the Galata Tower stands out in skyline of the city and is full of history.

Galata Tower - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

The view is without a doubt the most incredible in the city. From the top of its parapet, 70 meters from the ground, you have a 360 degree view of Istanbul. At the top of the tower there is still a restaurant, expensive, but in a jaw-dropping setting!

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Bosphorus Strait seen from Galata Tower - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

Bosphorus Strait seen from Galata Tower - Istanbul (Photo: This World Is Ours)

GALATA TOWER
Şişhane, PK 34420
www.galatatower.net
Tel: +90 212 293 8180
Admission: TL12 (€6)
Hours: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

See too:

+ Sultanahmet: The heart of Istanbul

+ Beyoğlu: The bohemian and shopping district

+ One foot in Asia and another in Europe: How to enjoy the Asian side

+ The wonderful 360º view of the Galata Tower

+ The endless runners of the Grand Bazaar

+ Spice Bazaar: A delicious program

+ Where to see Whirling Dervishes for free

+ The unforgettable sunset on the Galata Bridge

+ Blue Mosque: Istanbul’s postcard

+ Basilica Cistern: Underground full of history

+ Ortaköy: The charming neighborhood under the Bosphorus Bridge

+ Orient Express: The Agatha Christie train station

+ Cheap accommodation in the heart of Istanbul

+ Istanbulkart: The transport card for you to save

+ How to get from the airport to the center of Istanbul

+ Istanbul Airport: Duty free and visas

+ Why eating ice cream in Turkey is a tourist attraction

Rafael Carvalho

A fan of chicken with okra and a good beer from Minas Gerais, he currently lives in São Paulo. He has a degree in Radio and TV, a postgraduate degree in Journalism and has been working with Digital Content for over 16 years. He has worked for companies such as SBT and Jovem Pan FM. Passionate about travel, he founded Esse Mundo É Nosso and travels around Brazil and the world all year round, always looking for tips to share.

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