Full size outdoor saltwater pool, saunas, pier for sea swimming/diving; bars, restaurants, night club...Memberships only generally speaking, but day tickets available for non members at 40YTL weekdays and 60YTL weekends (summer 07 prices). Expensive! Not worth it at weekends, when its standing room only by lunchtime...Good facility, populated by...more
I need to investigate this. The island has a Greek orthodox church (see photo) and a monastery on the top of the island. The church looks older than the mosque, which seems quite modern.Next island - Burgazada - same story. Big old Greek orthodox church, and a mosque built in the 50s.Biggest island - Buyukada - also has a Greek orthodox...more
Jump on a ferry and go to next island - Burgazada - only 10 minutes away.We went for dinner and a look round.It has a very different style and atmosphere. More "old money" to Kýnalýada's new money! It also gets less day trippers from the city at weekends - less suitable beaches apparently.more
Get on a ferry and head for Büyükada - bigger island. It has an ATM - Kiniliada doesn't!Walk up and over island to St George's Monastery. Not in the middle of the day - go in morning!Great views and monastery well worth the hike. Enjoy a cold beer and seafood at a harbourside restaurant once you get back to town.more
This place is a bit of an institution on the island. Its in 2 parts - a patisserie and a restaurant. I've never tried the restaurant side. I'm assured that the patisserie section has been around a long time.The patisserie is great for a croissant or simit with tea or coffee - for breakfast or in the afternoon. Its also a yummee place to head for...more
Very pleasant place a little bit away from the seafront. You can eat outside or in - last time we ate inside as it was windy.Serves fish and meat dishes.I've been twice, and enjoyed both times.Its popular - lots of reserved signs on tables - so go early!Last time the 4 of us ate for 100ytl. That included meze for 4 (lambs brains was one, but we...more
Special place. First up, its not Kınalıada at all. Its on next door island Burgazada, 15 minutes away on ferry.Next, its part of a hotel which (amongst others) exists to provide subsidised holidays for the country's teachers. They also get 20% discount on food.Then, its a lovely place, a great setting (under trees in front of hotel, with...more
The ferry trip to or from the island can be sublime or hellish. On Wednesday (25.7.7) I took the 7.20am from the island to Kadiköy (I'd run out of cash, and had to go to the ATM). It was sublime - that particular ship has an open sun deck on top, so you could enjoy gentle sunshine, a soft breeze, tea + simit, and peace + quiet for 30 minutes.The...more
Because you have the asian side , the old town , the european side and also the princes' islands the best thing to do is to use the ferries from side to side.for tourist they have ferries in 20-30 USD but if you want to feel like a local and go between places cheap the best thing is the local ferries - 1-2 YTL.You can find ferries in many places :...more
I was there during the July 07 parliamentary elections, brought about by a bit of a constitutional crisis over the election of a new president. I was a little apprehensive about civil unrest and/or PKK violence (in the city, not on the island). However, my concerns were completely groundless.BUT (and this is a big BUT), on the Sunday of the...more
The hills on the island are very steep. Kids come down the hills on their bikes like lunatics, and then can't stop before they hit pedestrians. Watch your back. Someone will get badly hurt one day. Good news is there are no private cars - just public ones, like the ambulance, police car and fire engine.more
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 !
The island is one big off-the-beaten-path place because most tourists go to Buyukada.
Although the water can be very cold and sometimes there are big waves the beach is a very relaxing place while you travel in Istanbul.
A lot of local people come to Kinaliada to swim and enjoy the water and the beach.