The Princes' Islands
Address: Büyükada Adalar
Web Site: www.adalar.bel.tr
When the heat and chaos of the city gets too much, head to the Princes' Islands for a glimpse into life as it was in Istanbul.
The Princes’ Islands are a chain of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, four of which can easily be reached from the city centre. The origins of the Islands' name has an interesting history. During the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, princes and other royalty who were seen as challengers to the throne were exiled there.
The Princes’ Islands are a popular summer house destination for the rich and famous of Istanbul. Locals and tourists come in droves, especially during the summer months, to enjoy the pine forests, religious and historical sites, beaches and eateries of the Islands.
Buyukada (‘large island’) is aptly named for the fact that it is the largest of the nine islands. It’s also the furthest from the mainland.