Istanbul Asian Side
Anatolian Side City Guide
The Anatolian Side of Istanbul attracts thousands of visitors every year with its rich history and cultural heritage, natural beauties, shopping facilities and delicious dishes.
Anadolu Kavağı had a significant importance in the past due to its strategic location because it was established on a key point of the trade route connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, it frequently passed into the hands of the Byzantines, Ottomans and Genoese. Currently affiliated with the district of Beykoz, Anadolu Kavağı is a tourist destination known for fishermen and mussel sellers. You must see this historical, yet romantic place if you wish to keep in touch with nature, and go for a walk after you eat your mussel and fish. Once you are there, remember to visit Yoros Castle with a historical significance, and Joshua's Hill considered a sacred place in the past, and currently a location of attraction for visitors.
Haydarpaşa Railway Station
Located in Kadıköy in the Anatolian Side of Istanbul, Haydarpaşa Railway Station was constructed in 1908 as the starting point of the railway line between Istanbul and Baghdad. Haydarpaşa Railway Station, where the famous scenes ‘Welcome to Istanbul’ were shot for many Turkish movies, is one of the symbolic structure reminding of those passers-by in a ferry that they are in Istanbul.
Kadıköy - Moda
Considered the central point of the Anatolian Side, Kadıköy is one of the locations of Istanbul that people must visit and wander about. Kadıköy is a significantly large district of Istanbul. Balloons on the beach, ferries, a crowd quietly flowing across the streets, the street of bars, nostalgic tramways in Moda, people conversing and entertaining at the tables put into the streets, Gypsy children visiting these tables with a darbuka in their hands, Moda beach, those enjoying their ice cream from those famous ice cream sellers of Moda, and more… be ready to experience this great place with a history dating back to B.C. 5000-3000.
These islands of Istanbul consisting of nine islands are told to have been named as the Princes’ Islands since these were the locations where noble Byzantines were exiled from time to time. Out of these nine islands, only five islands are habitable. You can go to these islands through a pleasant sea travel with a ferry or boat from the piers of Kabataş or Bostancı. When you are on the Islands, you can use coaches to go to picnic areas or the beach. These islands, where a different face of Istanbul is hidden, offers an alternative experience about the city.
As the only historical building from the Byzantine period left in Üsküdar being considered one of the symbols of Istanbul, the Maiden's Tower achieved to keep its look from the last century, and it is now allocated for tourism purposes serving the guests with a restaurant and observation balcony. With a private boat from the piers of Kabataş and Salacak, you can to the Maiden’s Tower, one of the most romantic and mysterious locations of Istanbul. This building with a history sufficient by itself achieves to remain an attraction center with the myths and legends being told for centuries. According to the legend, a king is told that his bellowed daughter would be bitten by a snake and die when she turns eighteen. And the king has this tower constructed in the middle of the sea to protect his daughter. However, a snake hidden in a basket of grapes sent to the tower bites the princess and she dies. With a history of 2500 years, the Maiden's Tower waits for the visitors.
Camlica Radio & TV Tower is known for the broadcasting operations as well as a gift shop, cafeteria and restaurant, where the visitors enjoy the most delicious dishes of the world cuisine, as one of the symbolic buildings of Istanbul. With an observation terrace for a unique scene, and interactive activity areas, the Tower is one of the most valuable structures of Istanbul, and thus of our country. Observation Floor 1 : 148,50m (+366.5m) (Floor 33), Observation Floor 2 : 153,00m (+371.0m) (Floor 34), Restaurant 1 : 175,50m (+393.5m) (Floor 39), Restaurant 2 : 180,00m (+398.0m) (Floor 40)
Known as the ‘Gardens of the Cross’ because of a cross put by the Great Constantine according to the famous traveler Incivan, Beylerbeyi was used one of the private garden of the sultans during the Ottoman period. The current version of Beylerbeyi Palace was a then-famous architect Sarkis Balyan by order of Sultan Abdulaziz between 1861 and 1865 after the beach palace of Mahmud II was demolished.