Buyukada Travel Guide

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Buyukada Things to Do

  • Sunset watching.

    Something about the sunset that's calming and very romantic. Watch the sun set near the port, it's beautiful.

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  • The Central Buyukada.

    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.

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  • Greek monastery Aya Yorgi

    This monastery is still evidence, that place was also inhabited by Greeks, who left their material remembrance. St. George monastery (or Aya Yorgi) is known from 6th century. Anyway, now seems place is more new, as remaining church looks possibly from 19th century. If you walk up to the monastery hill, you could see nice panorama of islands around...

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  • Mizzi mansion

    Probably most Buyukada mansions are wooden, nicely carved, but this one is brick and with interesting architecture, looking more as a modern castle part.The place was used as offices of Levand Herald. Probably mansion is a structure of second half of 19th century – early 20th century.

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  • Ottoman ferry port

    When you come to Buyukada by ferry it is easy to see first exotic building – it is Ottoman style ferry port that was constructed in 1899. Inner part of it is housed by different souvenir sellers as well as coffee and small tourist information center.Old ferry port is one of main landmarks of island.

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  • Orthodox Patriarchate orphanage

    Orthodox orphanage is located in one of hilltops of Buyukada. For a long times, from Byzantine Empire rule it was significant place in island. Newer wooden building nowadays looks like it should be immediately repaired.Orthodox orphanage could be seen from hill, where Greek St. George monastery is located.

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  • A door knocker from Buyukada

    I like to photographing lady hand shaped door knockers. I found a pair of door knockers in that type during my Buyukada travel. For more door knockers from my trips please have look at travelogues on my homepage .

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  • Feeding the Seagulls

    It is an absolute ferry classic in Istanbul. Feeding the seagulls from ferry is a must do when you visit Istanbul. Buy a simit (round bread with sesame toppings) and enjoy your bird feeding :) Sometimes the seagulls can be little cheeky. be careful

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  • Visiting Buyukada by Ferry

    There are two ways of getting Buyukada; Ferry (vapur in Turkish) and small ferry ( motor in Turkish). Ferries use the main and historical port building in Buyukada which is by the main street of Buyukada. Port of small ferries is also very close to main street.

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Buyukada Restaurants

  • Yucetepe Kir Gazinosu

    Restaurant is located in beautiful surrounding just on the hill nearby Greek St. George monastery. The place allows enjoying Marmara sea with Istanbul panorama far away.I ordered apple tea and chicken shish. Not so usually, but main dish was not as big as I expected (as I tried it in other places before). Service was a bit too slow. Anyway, place...

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  • Kahve Dunyasi for great coffee and...

    Kahve Dunyasi, located just above main street on Buyukada Is., is a coffeeshop and also has chocolates. We wanted to have a coffe and then take some of the chocolates with us for our walk around the island. We entered the shop and asked to try the chocolate covered coffee beans (they were great by the way) and after tasting asked for 200...

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  • Beware of the Greek

    Although I 've been "studying" this site each time I travel, I had never written smthing in the past. And the reason I became a member today, is to be able to write a warning about a restaurant in Buyukada which I visited yesterday.I am Greek and visited the island with my wife. As we were walking along the sea-side street (Gyulistan) trying to...

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  • Fish restaurants with seaviews

    We were attracted to the fish restaurants on the seafront, and decided to try one of the better looking ones. It was, however, very disappointing - To begin with, the shrimp starter was tasteless, the fried cheese pasties had very little cheese in them. The fish dish baked in clay had been pre-prepared and heated up. All-in-all, very disappointing....

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  • Try the Lahmacun

    Take a seat in one of the town center pizzerias and try the Lahmacun...this is the Turkish Pizza and it was excellent. Ultra thin crust, baked with all the trimmings as you can see in the photo.

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  • My "daily" TEA

    This "tip" could be in the local customs also, but since we were in Turkey, I enjoyed the local drink each and every day, drinking from a small hour-glass shaped glass. On several occassions I saw tourists being given tea in a porcelin cup instead of this local glass, I was only served this way once in our hotel and asked for a "regular" cup the...

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Buyukada Transportation

  • Phaeton

    Phaetons are the way to explore the island of Buyukada. These horse-driven carriages are everywhere and you don't have to worry about getting conned as they have a fix regulated fare. (See pics).TL70 for about 1 and a half hour of roaming around the island. Comfortable for 4 to 5 passengers.

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  • Ferry boats to and back to Istanbul

    Buyukada and other larger islands around could be visited by ferry boats from Kabatas ferry port in Istanbul (not so far from Taxim square). Ferries run about every 2 hours, and stop in Asian side of Istanbul Kadikoy, later in 4 islands, the last one is Buyukada. The ferry trip lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes.This trip is also nice to have a look...

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  • To Büyükada; Ferry and around Büyükada;...

    Büyükada can be reached by ferry from the piers at Kabatas, Kadiköy or Bostanci. As you approach the island you will first notice the lush vegetation and then the elegant old houses rising above the deep blue sea. As you get closer, the architecture, decoration and details on the houses will be a delight to your eyes. Houses that are over a hundred...

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Buyukada Shopping

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    by Arkeolog Written Apr 9, 2009

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    It is the only one shop where you can buy t-shirts, mugs, wall hangings etc with the drawings of Buyukada or other islands.

    What to buy: Mugs are nice: 13 TL
    T-shirts are very lovely (also there aret-shirts for kids): 20 TL

    Kantarelli - T-shirt Kantarelli - mug

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Buyukada Local Customs

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    by aysun Written Apr 15, 2005

    the turkish people my country people. sometimes ý dont believe my eyes. they have a different sense of humour

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Buyukada Warnings and Dangers

  • Restaurants - be aware of potential rip...

    Before we even arrived on Buyukada, we'd been hassled by someone on the mainland who wanted us to visit his restaurant. This pretty much set the tone for our meal on the island.It may be because it was a cold, wet day in the low season and day-trippers were few and far between, but when we tried to choose a restaurant from the line on Gulistan...

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  • Stoopid night club

    We were just about to go and have a nap after a long day spent on Buyukada hills, when it has begun. Somebody started singing live around 23:00 in the night club which is next to an excellent Splendid Palace Hotel. Completely closed doors and windows didn't help. After about 15 minutes of this experience I came down to the reception and was told...

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Buyukada Tourist Traps

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    by ophiro Written Aug 30, 2005

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    There are deals from the hotels and also people in the pier that are selling trips to the islands and the bosphorus for a lot of money - 20-30USD !

    Unique Suggestions: If you went to a tourists' boat at least enjoy the view and have fun.

    Fun Alternatives: Find a local ferry - it is not hard to find in Eminonu , Kadikoy , besikas and more and it will be cheaper.
    A ferry to the prince's islands cost us 2 YTL from eminonu.
    A ferry to the black sea costs us 7.5 YTL from Besitas.
    From Besiktas to Uskudar it cost us 0.75 YTL.
    From Eminonu to Kadikoy it cost us 1 YTL.

    So figure out yourself how much you save !

    on a local ferry

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Buyukada Off The Beaten Path

  • Istanbul - vibrant big town

    Istanbul is bustling biggest city in Turkey, located on Bosporus strait. The place was known as capital of Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays it is one of the most visited places in the World, having big variety of old architecture – mosques, palaces, baths, churches, so on.If you go to Istanbul from Buyukada as a daytrip, you...

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  • Aya Yorgi / Hagia Georgios Hill

    Before you decide to pass between the colourful horse carriages waiting their turn and head up the road to Hagia Yorgi Hill, you should make sure you are rested, as it is uphill all the way. The Aya Yorgi Church at the top of the hill is of particular importance for both Christians and Muslims. No one knows whether it is actually true or just a...

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  • Eye-catching architecture

    Touring by horse-drawn carriage is not enough if you really want to explore Büyükada, however, for there are many surprises waiting to be discovered on foot. The architecture on the island is really worth seeing. Examples of 19th Century European architecture are quite common on the island and there are many structures built in the Art Nouveau...

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Buyukada Favorites

  • Horse carriages

    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...

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  • Wooden mansions

    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.

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  • Exploring Buyukada by a Horse-Drawn...

    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.

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