Istanbul is a matchless city on earth with its unique characteristic of setting the two continents apart.
The Bosporus which passes right through the middle of the city also borders the continents of Asia and Europe from each other. Asian side incorporating the eastern part of the city is a region which embraces many surprises worth seeing although they are out of the travelers` routes.
Asian side, which is called as Anatolian side as well, offers more peaceful life to its residents when compared to the other side of the city. Less cosmopolite nature and more established neighborhoods constitute the major reason of preference to reside here together with a greener and better constructed areas than the European side.
Kadikoy is the major district of the Anatolian side. Megarians, were Kadikoy`s first settlers and BC 675 is accepted as its establishment date according to the Greek sources. Some i historical sources claim Phoenicians were the first settlers who called the area as Chalcedony.
Restaurants with marvelous scene of islands present one of the most beautiful the city panorama to its visitors while the chic stores located side by side provide the latest trends along one of the most popular avenue that lies to Bostanci in parallel to the Marmara Sea. The recreational sites located along the coastline which passes through Maltepe and Kartal districts and ends at Pendik are the meeting points for those at all ages.
The Baghdad Avenue among the most popular avenues of the city presents the famous brands of fashion within the limits of Kadikoy. Touring along this avenue could be joyful and tipsy for those who are willing to see the latest trends and their live applications. There are lots of alternatives for a pleasant break on that avenue where you can find elegant restaurants and cafes.
Bostanci which is considered as the beginning of the Baghdad Avenue constitute a significant area for the sea transportation. From here, you have the chance to reach to several points in and outside of the city. Bostanci jetty next to the central jetty of the sea buses is the most significant meeting point for the island travelers.
Kalamis and Fenerbahce yachting marina are the hosts of the boats coming from all around the world. Setur Kalamis Marina, the four anchored member of “The Yacht Harbor Association” as of the mid 1999 has also a function serves as an entertainment place for those at all ages with the restaurants, stores and night clubs.
Usktudar, another district of the Asian side is an important place with its historical buildings. Maiden Tower, fountains, mosques and madrasahs are among the samples as being the best structures of the Ottoman Imperial period art and architecture. The Bosporus coastline from Usktudar to Beykoz is a strip where the most elegant waterside residents can be seen. Some districts such as Beylerbeyi, Cengelkoy, and Kandilli are the places where the ancient Istanbul can be noticed against the test of time. Camlica Hill is one of the best places that allows the visitors to observe the islands and the Bosporus from the bird`s eye.
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