The Two Continents of Istanbul

Turkey, Istanbul Guide (B): The Two Continents of Istanbul

One of the most common questions asked about Turkey, and about Istanbul in particular is; what continent is Istanbul in?

Nowhere else in Turkey is the divide more apparent than Istanbul. The Bosphorus Strait divides the two continents of Istanbul into the Asian and European side of Istanbul.

On either side of Istanbul’s famous Bosphorus Bridge, you will see signs welcoming you to Europe or Asia. While geographically it might appear a little untidy, for the traveller, it is a fun indulgence knowing you can tick off two continents in one day.

Many of the best things to do in Istanbul can be done in one day. Having spent a full day exploring the Old City, it was time to branch out and explore the two continents of Istanbul. We had a full day tour planned that would centre around the Bosphorus Strait, exploring both continents of Istanbul and include a boat trip on the Bosphorus.

On the European side of Istanbul is the Dolmabahçe Palace, built between 1843 and 1856 by the Empires 31st Sultan, Adülmecid I. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Two Continents of Istanbul
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Dolmabahce Palace   Bosphorus Bridge   Spice Bazaar  
Author: Kate O'malley
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