Despite it could be as transportation tip, I put it in General. That’s because the fact, that this mean of transportation more for fun, for entertainment, and expensive one, mostly just for tourists, it creates a special atmosphere to island.
Horse and carriage it is one of the most frequent sights you could fix in Buyukada, as motor running vehicles are prohibited. Most businessmen stand near ferry port and could take you not so far from Greek monastery for 10 – 25 liras (it is a reason to negotiate) :)
Favorite thing: For the last centuries Buyukada is popular for people, who come to relax near the sea. Naturally place is full of wooden different styles mansions, mostly Victorian. The time of mansions’ construction could be from around middle of 19th century to early 20th century.
Favorite thing: This is the best way of travveling around the island. There are two options, grand tour (TL 50=roughly30 USD ), which lasts one hour and takes you round the island, or a smaller tour (TL 40= roughly 25 USD) around the town.
Entire Buyukada island. You can spend about 5 beautiful days walking around, cycling, dining etc. A great escape if you are really tired of metropolitan reality. Istanbul is close by (just 45 - 60 minutes by sea bus), so if you'll get bored due to some unforseen circumstances - this is the way to come back to civilization.
Fondest memory: Excellent nature. Nice old buildings. Friendly people. Horse Carriages. Good oriental food.
Favorite thing: First walk the slope siliently ýf you have a wish. After go to the church. inflame teh candle, write your wish to a paper. Just beside the church, there is a booth restaurant. ýt has delicious foods and the wine. hýmmm.
When you get off the Istanbul-Buyukada ferry (which is how most people arrive in Buyukada), I suggest spending some time walking around a bit before settling on a restaurant to eat at. There are some lovely restaurants and shops that are located a little bit off the beaten path of the island.
When getting off the ferry turn to your left and walk into the working heart of the island. You will save a couple bucks, have better food, and see how people actually live on the island!
Fondest memory: Horse carriages and strolling around the island!