Barbaros Parki (Besiktas)
If you are staying in Besiktas, put your bags down upon arrival and go to "Barbaros Parki". This small square is as alive as it is relaxing. You will see a procession of boats on the Bosphorus and couples or lovers strolling and enjoying the sunset. The area is very commercial so you will have no trouble to find something to nibble or drink. Sit on the banks of the Bosphorus and watch this amazing show. What a change of scenery!
From this pier you can also pick up your tickets for cruises on the Bosphorus. If you want to make a longer cruise and go past the Maiden's Tower (see Maiden's Tower in our guide) start the cruise directly off the Galata Bridge; it costs the same price but lasts a little longer. Allow 10 to 15 TL for a two-hour cruise.
How to get there : By bus or on foot from Kabatas. Note: there is a little used discreet small cable car you can take from the bottom of Taksim Square up to the heights of Beşiktaş; it is one of two cable cars ( the other one takes you to Pierre Loti) take it to the Taşkışla stop, direction Macka (3 TL one way).