With dozens of landmarks and a mesmerizing panoramic view, Istanbul offers visitors the best sunsets, sharing its beauty over and over again. If you are travelling here and hoping to capture the city landscape during sunset here is what you should do: catch a ferry ride!
Istanbul is at a geographic crossroads of Europe and Asia, and is divided by a sea lane, the Bosphorus. Boats have traversed the waters of the Bosphorus for hundreds of years and still they are critically important for public transportation. Every day thousands of people take boats between two continents.
The principal ferry dock on the European side is Eminönü. There are four piers with the destinations clearly written outside, above the boarding hall: Bosphorus (Boğaz), Golden Horn (Haliç), Kadıköy and Üsküdar. What you need is take one at late afternoon (maybe half an hour before the sunset) towards Kadikoy. Boats come and go frequently, on average every 30 minutes. Be sure you sit outside on the deck. And here it is the best view of the historical part of the city that lies in front of you. You can enjoy the view both with tea & snacks (fares are cheap, between 2 TRY and 5 TRY).
Since you’re going all the way to party-friendly Kadikoy -home to a street just devoted to bars- you can spend the rest of the evening there. Enjoy!