Stretching for six kilometers from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn, the Land Walls of Theodosius II protected Constantinople from invaders for over a thousand years... until the arrival of the Ottomans and their giant cannons in 1453. The walls have survived largely intact to the present day, and walking along them is an exciting way to see a different side of Istanbul.
Burgazada is the third-largest of the popular Princes Islands, found just off Istanbul's southern coast in the Sea of Marmara. Around 2000 people live there permanently, but its population swells considerably in the summer... and on sunny Sundays, like the one we stupidly chose for our visit.
Hungry for lunch? Then join the throngs heading for the semicircular Eminönü Plaza, on the western side of the Galata Bridge.