The winding Bosphorus strait lends legendary beauty to the city of Istanbul, with its hidden bays, hilly shores sprinkled with woods and gardens, and picturesque waterfront buildings. People have responded to its irresistible charm with countless poems and songs, celebrations, romantic meals, love stories and sweet memories.
We are not all fortunate enough to live on the shores of the Bosphorus but the rest of us can at least enjoy outings there. These are quite different from visiting any other part of the city, since on the Bosphorus waterway nature and city are intertwined in an eternal dance. Here arose a culture and way of life with its own distinctive identity reflected in the traditional architecture, which is as much part of the magical Bosphorus scenery as the Judas trees with their purplish pink blossom. Waterfront houses, palaces and pavilions made of stone and wood gaze tranquilly at their own reflections in the blue water, creating a landscape in which nature and human beings have worked hand in hand.