Buyukada is a really interesting place to visit within a relatively short distance from Istanbul. One can enjoy both the voyage and the stay. The traditional architecture and restaurants are really nice. I guess it's an ideal place for a short excursion.
This is one of the Prince's Islands, the biggest one. You can get there with the ferry. I'd recommend you to spend there a whole day. There you may rent a bike or a cab (similar to the Fiakers in Vienna).
Take some food to feed the the birds.
The princes' islands are 9 islands in the sea of Marmara that you can get by a ferry (2 YTL for one direction).
On those islands you can't use cars so you have 3 options :
1. horse carriages
in Buyukada a long round trip around the island will cost you something like 35 YTL.
The name of the islands is from princes that was sent to exile.
If youre up for a hike i would recomend climbing to Hagia Yorgi monestary in Buyukada. there is a restaurant at the top so you can sit down and enjoy the panaromic scenery of istanbul and the other islands while enjoying some raki and meze.
These islands are off the south shore of the Asian side of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. They are attractive with neat little towns such as Buyukada, where no cars are allowed. There is a lot of architecture from around 1890-1914 and 1923-1935, as well as some older buildings. The islands are used as recreation spots for Istanbulis so there are many places to eat and relax.
The boat ride also gives a neat view of the city and the surrounding area, and allows one to see other parts which a Bosphorus boat ride doesn't cover. One gets to see the south shore of the Asian side of Istanbul, much of which is newer and covered with suburbs, etc., in addition to the 1908 Haydarpasa rail station; "Leander's Tower"; some of the city's extensive docks; and a different view of Sultanahmet/Saray Burnu.
"The paradise on this earth" these are the princess islands.
Buyukada "the big island" is the biggest among 9 seperate islands that are called princess Islands.
These Islands are far from Istanbul,they were used as excile for princess at the beginning and then some other people (politicians , criminals...etc).
Just within 90 minutes,we had been there.
No cars at all,only horses and bicycles (transportation).
It's very special.
Now it is time to relax. So today’s program is to take a ferry and visit one of the princess islands. There are 5 small islands near to Istanbul; each of them has a different sight. However I would advice to visit "Buyukada", which is the biggest of all and the name is also Big Island.
Ferry to the islands leaves from Eminonu. And the schedule could be obtained from the below address... http://www.tdi.com.tr/siradayalocirbos.shtml, You should look on the left side where "Sirkeci Kalkis" was written, which is depart from Eminonu, and follow the line for arrival to "Buyukada"
After stopping in 3 islands, It takes around 1,5 hours to reach Buyukada One favorite feature at the island is the Silence.. .. As there are no private vehicles allowed on the island. Horse and carriage rides around the island are available which are locally called as Faytons. You can have a full round trip of the island or a half course by the Faytons. I would advice to have a half tour to "Ayayorgi", where there is an old Greek Monastery. You can also walk to the monastery, however to climb the hill is rather difficult. If you take a fayton to Ayayorgi, it will leave you on a square and you need to climb up a very sharp hill. At the top of the hill old monastery is nice to visit, however the best thing is to have a cold drink (Beer) or nice food at the restaurant, operated by local folks. The view of Istanbul is outstanding and you can have a chance to see a full spot of Istanbul. Have your beer with some fried potato and enjoy the landscape. On the way back you can walk to the harbor, While you are walking you will see very nice summer houses, all attractive and elegant. So don’t forget your camera. You can tour around the center of the island or if it is summer time you can enjoy swimming in the island. So carry your swimsuits also... I recommend no to visit the islands at weekends in summer time, it will be packed with people..
Note: For more info and pictures visit my Buyukada Traveloque..
Islands within Marmara Sea, which is adorned with nine islands, was the banishing place of the Byzantium princes. Today they are now wealthy Istanbul residents' escaping places for cool winds during summer months and 19th century smart houses. Biggest one of the islands is Buyukada. You can have a marvelous phaeton travel between pine trees or have a swim within one of the numerous bays around islands!
Other popular islands are Kinali, Sedef, Burgaz and Heybeliada. Regular ferry voyages are connecting islands to both Europe and Asia coasts. There is a rapid sea bus service from Kabatas during summers
i have been there several times and i love there.
if you feel tired crowd of Istanbul,there is nice escape.
You can't see any car there..maybe a few..not more than that.
if you 'd like to take a trip around the island
,you can do that with HorseCab or bicycle.
(i prefer bicycle)
a lots of people in weekends.
you can go any of these islands From Bostanci by ship
Takes half an hour to one one hour
It is a bit of the beaten path maybe. Go to the quai where the boats leave. The boat stops at the four largest islands. The last one is Buyukada and is really a must see activity. If ur fed up with the heat and noise of the city go there. There are no cars alowed and all off the buildings are in 1920 'belle epoque' style. Really really beautifull.Go to the horses and drivers place and let yourself drive arround the island. Taking the boat is really cheap too. 1,5 million tl is about one euro. There are some nice restaurants here too....... You can swim in the swimming area but u will have to pay to get on the beach. And there is a bush where the turkisch people go to do national day out sport - pick nickking....
There are nine islands on Marmara sea close to the city of Istanbul. These islands are called Princes' Islands, because in the old days the princes used to be exiled in these islands. Four of these nine islands are inhabited. There are mostly the summer houses of the inhabitants of Istanbul. These islands are called Kinaliada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Buyukada. To drive cars, trucks or motorcycles are banded on the islands. The Princes' Islands are considered attractive because their total lack of cars (horse-drawn carriages) and the natural and scenic beauty. For a long time they were used as hideaways for Ottoman royalty.
A ferrytrip to the islands make for a great break from the city. Some of the islands are privately owned, but the larger ones are open, and have excellent (if overpriced) restaurants, small hotels and one or two shops. You can take a walk, horse carriage or rent a bicycle on some of them (can't remember which). One error was to not ask for the price of the fish we picked from the counter, and we ended up paying a ridiculous amount for lunch.
During the summer try to vist istanbul islands.you can get to them from the sea port .They are very close to the beach.
Cars are not available there to protect the environment .You can enjoy riding a bike or a cart or even a donkey!!!Realy it is very nice....RENT A DONKEY))))..
Visit Princess' Island - One full day tour
Take a tour around the island with carriages (pulled by horses - the islands are closed to traffic except for emergency vehicles)
Visit St. Yorgi at the top of the hill, do climb there barefoot in oder your wish to come true.
Have a seafood lunch at the seashore.
It is a paradise witihin 30 minutes from the metropolitan Istanbul
The largest and most enjoyable of the islands is Buyukada. Enjoy a ride in a horsedrawn carriage among the pine trees!!