Besiktas is the leading culture, art and education capital and district of Istanbul as well as one of the most valuable regions of Istanbul with its Ortakoy, Arnavutkoy, Kurucesme and Bebek neighborhoods located by the Bosphorus.
Besiktas is the best place to observe the lively Istanbul city life. Besiktas is also the popular meeting point as well as the most important junction for sea transportation.
Besiktas also hosts the historical heritage of the Ottomans, culture and art with its Dolmabahce, Ciragan and Yildiz Palace.
Attractions & Things to Do
Strolling around the Besiktas Sqaure, watching the crowd, having a rest and drinking tea or coffee at the various cafes nearby the sea in the company of Bosphorus is one of the best things to do in Besiktas.
Besiktas Square and Besiktas Bazaar is the heart of the Besiktas. Besiktas Bazaar is covered by the variety of great cafes, restaurants, boutiques, shops and fish bazaar.
The famous Naval Museum and Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha Tomb is located by the Besiktas Square, near the sea.
There are also variety of cafes, restaurants, bars and entertainment areas by the sea around the Besiktas Square.
Strolling through the Kabatas area from Besiktas, you may see and visit the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum and after, Dolmabahce Palace.
And through the Ortakoy area, you may see and visit the Ciragan Palace.
The other historical and famous place to visit and see is the Yildiz Palace and Yildiz Park, located at the upper parts of Barbaros Boulevard.
Places to Visit & See
Besiktas is also one of the best places to see in Istanbul.
How to Get There
Getting to Besiktas is very easy as Besiktas is the most transportation hub in Istanbul. There are many public busses operate to Besiktas from many districts of Istanbul. It is possible to access Besiktas;
- From Kadikoy; by public ferries,
- From Uskudar; by public ferries or 24 hrs operating boats,
- From Taksim, Mecidiyekoy, Eminonu, Sariyer and many other districts; by public busses.