One of the great options to view the entire island is to take the Horse carriage tour that takes you in a circle route all around the island.
It can take and hour and it will cost you 35 YTL (25-30 USD) for the ride so if you are 4 people it will be cheaper price per person.
You can choose to either walk or take a horse drawn carriage from town to the starting point of this path. At the base there are people with donkeys for hire to take up the path to the top, I as always walked.
Along the road up there are bits of ribbon and string and bows and random such things tied to the branches on either side of the path. I am not sure what exactly this signifies, and as I am not one to litter, I did not tie anything to the branches.
After a long walk up the steep path and an even longer walk if, like me, you walked all the way from the city, you will arrive at the Monastery. The Monastery consists of a few chapels on three different levels. Apparently one of them used to be used as an insane asylum.
Also, facing north, from up here you get a pretty good view onto Istanbul and you can put into perspective just how huge this city is.
Something about the sunset that's calming and very romantic. Watch the sun set near the port, it's beautiful.
The central area of Buyukada is actually the area around the ferry port. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants and most activities starts and ends here.
This is one of the most famous place of downtown. It is real meeting point surrounded by hotels, restaurants and cafes . The main horse drawn carriages station is right behind of the tower.
As a tradition pebble mosaic pavements can be seen in island of Buyukada. This one inspired from an ancient Greek mosaic. Nice one :)
The Con Pasha (John Pasha) Mansion is another must see building and it is famous for its elaborate wooden facade. Also it takes attention with its garden.
Buyukada offers various options for eating and dining. Seaside restaurants have great sea and Istanbul view for dinner. Also café's and ice cream shops are famous in Buyukada
This is a an island with a beach so a lot of the local people (from istanbul) come here to swim and for other beach activities.
Maybe this will sound like a stupid must-do but because Istanbul is so huge and so noisy the islands will be a great option to relax.
When you come here there is almost no traffic.
The view from the mountains is amazing.
so close to istanbul but so different !
you see the water , the islands near and sometimed even the asian side of Istanbul.
Facing south-west from the Monestary you can see a few of the other of the Princes' Islands. I beleive these in the picture are Heybeliada (closest) and Burgazada (furthest).