Istanbul Princes Islands
Istanbul Princes Islands Information
There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the idyllic Princes’ Islands. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain.
Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman Houses, all the islands are unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era.
We will enjoy our lunch at the best of one of the many excellent fresh fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close – though it feels worlds away.
Why Visit the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul?
In Western sources, the name of the Prince Islands comes from the Eastern Roman Empire. According to the documented information, the areas used as exile in this period, especially many of the emperor family, were exiled to these islands and were imprisoned in monasteries. Because they were from the emperor family, the islands were called the Prince Islands. Prince Islands ara Buyukada, Heybeliada and Kinali.
How Visit the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul?
There are many different ways to visit the Prince Islands. Public ferry is the cheapest way to visit, but you will not have opportunity lunch on the boat, local guide, transfer to hotel and you will travel in a very crowded. So if you you will join our Princes’ Islands boat tour, with the comfort of hotel pick up and drop off, transport by air conditioned coach, horse-drawn carriage, local guide and lunch.
Prince Islands in Istanbul
The Prince’s Islands, Kinali, Burgazada, Kasikta, Heybeliada, Buyukada and Sedef Adasi are listed in parallel with the Anatolian coast.
Buyukada is one of the largest and most popular among the islands of Istanbul and it is also the farthest to Istanbul. In Buyukada, there is also the possibility of traveling with a carriage.
When we look at the historical and important structures of Büyükada, Emperor II. Justinianus Kuropalatis by M.S. 569, a palace and a monastery in Büyükada see that. Buyukada was also a place of exile of the princes during the Byzantine period.
Kinaliada is the closest to Istanbul and at the same time the smallest. There is no phaeton in Kinaliada. There is Ayazma Beach in Kinaliada for those who want to enjoy the sea and the beach.
Heybeliada is a cute island that resembles a modest town among the Princes’ Islands. The most important structure of the island are Navy School, Aya Ofemya the Holy Spring, Turkey’s first sanatorium, Heybeliada Sanatorium, The high school named Heybeliada famous resident writer Hüseyin Rahmi Gurpinar, Abbas Halim Pasha Kiosk, religious buildings and official buildings such as Denominational School.
Burgazada is a more rocky and less tree island between the Princes’ Islands. Burgazada is one of the most popular places in Istanbul with its climate, beaches, pines, restored elegant mansions. The area known as the Kalpazankaya rocks is one of the best places to go swimming.