SUNSET IN ISTANBUL
Who wouldn't want to sit on one continent and watch the sunset from the other? This is perhaps one of the subjects where Istanbulites are most fortunate. You can witness the sun setting with a distinct beauty from every part of the city, ending the day from both continents and two different seas.
Watching the sunset gives ideas for the person to stay on their own and make sense of life, as well as the background of romantic moments to spend with a loved one. Inspiring poets, writers and painters, briefly artists, the sunset creates different impressions on everyone with its intertwined colors and lights.
The sun that sets after the Maiden's Tower takes you to fairy tale lands. Saying goodbye to the day from the other continent, the sun reveals the splendor of Istanbul with its back light. We are organizing a wonderful yacht tour, ideal for couples, with professional guides, where you can watch the beauties of Istanbul in the Bosphorus at sunset from a luxury yacht.
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Beside our Bosphorus Sunset Cruise, we have listed the best places to watch the Sunset in Istanbul.
Places to Watch the Sunset in Istanbul
Istanbul undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful views in the world. It is a great pleasure to watch the sunset over both the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. You can find information about places to watch sunset in Istanbul in this article. We have listed the places to watch the sunset on the Anatolian and European sides of Istanbul. I hope it will be useful to you.
There are many beautiful spots among the places to watch the sunset in Istanbul. You can enrich your experience here with other activities. For example, you can swim in Kalpazankaya Bay until sunset. Or, you can visit the historical monuments and museums (Eyüp Mosque and Miniatürk) near Pierre Loti Hill before sunset.
If you want to look at Istanbul away from noise and turmoil and watch the skyline of the city, you should visit Camlica Hill. Camlica Hill, which is also one of the few birdwatching points in Istanbul, is among the regions where the sunset is most beautiful.
By climbing up Camlica Hill, you can watch the sun set over the silhouette of Istanbul.
How To Get To Camlica Hill?
Çamlıca Hill is located close to transportation lines and near the city center. Many IETT lines such as 14D, 11Y, 25E, 129T provide transportation to Çamlıca Hill.
After getting off the bus, you can reach the hill by taking a taxi and paying a small fee. If you prefer to come with your personal vehicle, it will be sufficient to reach Altunizade and follow the signs before entering the NATO road.
KUCUK MODA BURNU
Kucuk Moda Burnu, located at the upper part of the historical Moda Pier, is one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset in Istanbul. Moreover, unlike other places in Moda, we can say that it is generally a quiet place. It is located in a position overlooking Kalamış Marina and Fenerbahçe Island.
The pleasure of watching the sunset from here is really different. There is a small tea garden where you can sip your tea and coffee while watching the sunset.
How to get to Kucuk Moda Burnu from Kadıköy?
After reaching Kadıköy Rıhtım, getting on the Kadıköy-Moda tram and getting off at the Moda Primary School stop, it will be enough to walk for a few minutes. If you are coming with your personal vehicle, you can reach the road in a short time by following the road at the top of Moda Beach.
We know about Kalpazankaya at the back of Burgazada from the stories of Sait Faik Abasıyanık. Sait Faik spent most of his time here. It is said that he wrote a significant part of his stories here, as a matter of fact, we read from his stories how beautiful the sun set on Kalpazankaya.
Kalpazankaya's name comes from the counterfeiters who settled here during the Byzantine period. It is rumored that a natural well located on the beach is used for the production of counterfeit money.
Kalpazankaya is also one of the places with the cleanest air in Istanbul. We recommend you to come to the bay in summer as it gets heavy winds during the winter months. There is also a restaurant with the same name as the bay. You can be sure that nothing else will give you the pleasure of drinking your raki and watching the sunset in this restaurant.
How to Get to Kalpazankaya Bay in Burgaza?
You can reach Kalpazankaya by renting a phaeton or bicycle after you reach Burgazada by the City Lines ferry. It is also possible to reach it on foot, but it is worth mentioning that it is a tiring route.
THE BOZDOGAN ARCH
The Bozdoğan Arch, which is a venue for many films, is among the rare works of art from the Roman period. The structure, whose real name is Valens Aqueduct, was completed by the Roman emperor Valens in 378 AD. This arch, which has carried water to Istanbul for centuries, remains intact today in all its glory.
Although the construction of the arch began in the period of Emperor Constantine the Great, it was named after Byzantine Emperor Valens completed it. Although most of the building was destroyed during the Avar Siege in 626, the surviving parts are still intact. This work, whose history goes back to 1500 years, allows you to watch Istanbul from above with its 20 meters height.
You can watch the sun set over the Golden Horn in the Bozdoğan Aqueduct. Don't forget to bring your camera with you as you go out here. You can be sure that you will catch great views.
How to Get to Bozdoğan Arch?
Bozdoğan Aqueduct is located on the route of more than 50 IETT lines. There are also tram and metro lines close to the arch. If you plan to come with your personal vehicle, you can follow the road from Unkapanı to Aksaray and reach the arch in a short time.
PIERRE LOTI HILL
It is sure that Pierre Loti Hill first came to mind of many people who saw the title. The hill, located overlooking the Golden Horn, is named after the French writer Julien Viaud, known as Pierre Loti. It is known that Julien Viaud lived in Istanbul for a while and often came to a coffeehouse on this hill.
Pierre Loti has one of the most beautiful views in Istanbul. Although it is crowded, especially on weekends, we can say that it has not lost its peaceful state. Someone who lived in Istanbul but did not come to Pierre Loti means that he lost a lot. Indeed, the pleasure of watching the sun set over the Historical Istanbul Peninsula is priceless.
How To Get To Eyüp Pierre Loti Hill?
You can reach the hill in a short time with the Eyüp-Piyerloti cable car line departing from Eyüp. If you want to reach with your personal vehicle, you should also follow the road signs via Eyüp. Pierre Loti has a paid parking lot and it is worth noting that it is not easy to find a place here on weekends.
HAYDARPASA TRAIN STATION
Pianist Tuluyhan Uğurlu concluded his tour with the concert "Sunset in Haydarpaşa". Although Haydarpaşa has an abandoned appearance since the train lines were removed, it is possible to say that it has lost nothing from its beauty. The pleasure of watching the sunset here is also completely different.
We can say that the sunlight entering Haydarpaşa turns into a work of art here. The granite floor of the station reflects the sunlight and creates a wonderful appearance. If you are interested in photo art, this unique landscape will surely interest you. Haydarpaşa has a special place among the places to watch the sunset view in Istanbul.
Otağtepe, located in a place overlooking the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, takes its name from the tent that was here before the conquest of Istanbul. According to the legend, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror had a tent built under a tree here and followed the construction of the Rumeli Fortress from here. Otağtepe, which has an important place in Ottoman history, has one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul today.
There are many cafes and restaurants in Otağtepe, together with social facilities affiliated to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In addition, Beykoz Grove, which extends all the way to Ağva, is located near Otağtepe. You should definitely visit this place to watch the sunset with the Bosphorus view.
How To Get To Beykoz Otağtepe?
IETT lines 15M, 15KÇ, 15A, 14M and 15ŞN provide transportation to Otağtepe. However, to get to the top, you have to walk for 10 minutes after getting off at Otağtepe stop. Social facilities are also located close to Kavacık Dörtyol stop. If you are planning to go with your personal vehicle, you can reach by following the signs on Istanbul Ring Road / O-2.
Karlık Bayırı, located in Çiçekçi district, is not a well-known place. Located in a place overlooking the Bosphorus, Karlık is also one of the most suitable places to watch the birds migrating through the Bosphorus. You can watch the view of Istanbul and the sunset from the small slope overlooking the Bosphorus, sit in the cafeteria here and sip your tea and coffee.
Karlık Bayırı is one of the quiet places where you can breathe even though it is close to the city center. Thanks to the binoculars on the slope, you can watch the European Side and the Bosphorus closely.
How To Get To Üsküdar Karlık Hillside?
You can reach Karlık Bayırı in a short time by taking the minibuses departing from Kadıköy Rıhtım and getting off at the Çiçekçi stop. To reach here, it will be enough to walk down from the station. It is also possible to reach by 16D or Gebze-Harem minibuses.
After getting off at the Harem stop, it will be enough to climb the stairs across the street. We do not recommend you to come here with your personal vehicle, because it is a small place and you are likely to have parking problems.