Princess Islands

Princess Islands

There are 9 islands that make up Istanbul's Princess' Islands, known as Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedefadasi, Silivriada, Yassiada, Kasik Island and Tavsan Island. Though each island is unique, they all have one main characteristic in common- their size are really small. The silhouette of the islands can be seen from many areas around Istanbul.

Princess Islands

The islands are the best choice for escaping the crowds of the city, as you can quickly travel from one island to another, visit a few in a day and see buildings dating back to Byzantine and Ottoman periods. There are only bicycles or electric vehicles used for transportation on all of these islands, where no cars are allowed.

There are 4 main islands that are more important of Princess Islands: Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada. Ferries from Beşiktaş in Europe and Eminönü in Asia will let you cross to these islands. Kınalıada was the holiday resort of Armenian bishops and Armenian from Istanbul, Burgazada was a village of Greek fishermen, Heybeliada was the island of Turkish and Greek "bourgeoisie" of Constantinople, and finally, the biggest island Büyükada was popular among Jews and European from Istanbul. You can still find on all each of these islands many active synagogues, churches are mosques.

A good way to enjoy the beauty of Istanbul is by taking a ferry across the Bosphorus and visiting one of the Princes Islands. Surrounded by some of the cleanest water in all of the Marmara Sea, five islands located near each other provide excellent beaches for swimming or relaxing if you want to get away from it all. These islands are Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada and Sedefadasi.