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Buyukada; The biggest of Prince IslandS.

One can experience many different aspects of Istanbul’s unique geographical situation, but its islands are particularly popular during the summer months. Throughout history these islands have been known by various names, but they are most frequently referred to as the Prince Islands or the Istanbul Islands. Countless domestic and foreign tourists visit these islands every summer.

The Princes Islands are a group of nine islands located very close to Istanbul. During the summer months they host tourists from all over Turkey as well as from many countries around the world. The largest and most central of these nine islands is Büyükada, previously known as Prinkipo, and it is definitely the most popular.

Büyükada is one of my favourite spring destination..

Splendid Hotel

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 style. In addition to European influences in the architecture of the homes, traditional Turkish architectural features also add to the visual variety on Büyükada. One of the eye-catching buildings on the island worth mentioning is the Splendid Palace Hotel, a building that has some of the most striking architecture on the island. Opened in 1908, the red and white appearance of the hotel and its domes attract admiring glances from everyone who comes to the island. The hotel has been hosting guests for 100 years with a distinctive combination of traditional hospitality and European style. In short, the Splendid Palace Hotel should be at the top of the list for anyone who wants to have a unique experience on Büyükada.

General View

When the ferry approaches to Büyükada houses and their details catch the eyes...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:silent and quiet
  • Cons:crowded in summer esp weekends
  • In a nutshell:hidden paradise in Istanbul
  • Intro Updated Apr 9, 2009
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  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Nice page! :) Would be nice to visit this island ;)

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    We were also there, but the last ferry came too early for us to explore this place thoroughly. We ate, walked up the hill and down again, and it was already time to leave. Too bad...

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    your pages bring back happy memories

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Beautiful place.

  • jelw's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    I just retuned from Bora Bora nice tips, thanks

  • eceak's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    I like to read your pages:) Wish you lots of travels...

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 4:22 AM

    Interesting roll of thread story Bora :o) Looks like a pretty place. ...Oh and I love your daughter's name too....Lidya. Cheers, Ann.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    This does indeed look a very pleasant place and it seems the Splendid Hotel certainly lives up to its name. I can imagine a few relaxing days here.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    What a lovely island. I can see why you like to vacation there. Nice page and thanks for sharing.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    The area does look lovely. What a great idea to have "wishing" items. I think I would wish for good health much travel.

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