The Asian side of the Bosphorus, above the two Hisars, Rumeli and Anadolu, and the Fatih Sultan Mehmed bridge, is less often visited, but the area beyond Beykoz is calm and sleepy, a perfect antidote to Istanbul’s hustle and bustle, where you can get your boatman to switch off the engine and listen to the nightingales
Some of the prettiest rows of yalıs can be found between Anadolu Hisarı and the upper end of Kanlıca, where the straights are particularly deep. The Küçüksu Kasrı is the grand 19th-century Ottoman palace in a nutshell. The Khedive’s palace an eccentric foible. A favourite walk is from the iskele in Anadolu Kavağı to the ruined Genoese castle above – the entrance to the Black Sea is at your feet.
Hire a boat, easily done from Anadolu Hisarı, and dawdle. There are scheduled boats from between Istiniye and Anadolu Hisarı. Kanlıca also has an informal motor service, and between Beykoz and Yeniköy a motor service runs every 20 minutes.
There are buses and minibuses up and down the European shore, that, if you are not sitting down, enable you to discover muscles in your legs and arms (hang on for dear life) you never knew were there.
Delectable yoğurt in Kanlıca. Pretty fish restaurants in Anadolu Kavağı.