"Kizil Adalar (Princes' Isles)" Daytrip - Princes' Islands Tip by WulfstanTraveller

  Buyukada, one of the Princes' Isles
by WulfstanTraveller

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.

Address: An archipelago off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey
Directions: Take a ferry from Eminonu (north shore of the old city) or Kabatas (near Dolmabahce). Fast ferries go there, too, but the slow ones are more fun and only take about an hour from Eminonu to Buyukada. At Eminonu, look for the pier with the sign "Adalar."
Website: http://www.adalar.bel.tr/eng/default.asp

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2004
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