Büyükada - The Princes’ Islands
Büyükada, Adalar, Istanbul
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- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Sporty types, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation, Romance
Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Büyükada - The Princes’ Islands
Getting there is half the fun of a trip to Büyükada, the largest of the nine Princes’ Islands a dozen miles off Istanbul’s coast. The 1.5-hour ferry ride offers sea breezes, beautiful views, and a lively scene onboard. The island itself is blissfully car-free; rent a bicycle or a horse-drawn carriage to see its charming 19th-century wooden houses, set amid lush grounds and visit the hilltop St. George Monastery, or just stroll around the bustling harbour area and stop for a fish meal or an ice-cream cone wherever strikes your fancy.
Visiting Büyükada and the rest of the islands is free, but the ferry to get there costs a bargain 3 lira each way. A faster sea bus goes less frequently for 7.50 lira each way.
More information on Büyükada - The Princes’ Islands:
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- Boat trip, Island
- Büyükada, Adalar, Istanbul
- 0212 444 18 51
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Ferries depart from Kabataş and Kadıköy approximately once an hour.