Nine islands located between 5 and 20 km southeast of the Bosphorus. The most interesting island is the biggest one called Büyükada, with beaches, horse – drawn carriages
If you want to escape from Istanbul’s hustle and are looking for some quite and peaceful time, take the next ferry to the Büyükada Island and let yourself be intoxicated by the pure air. On the journey across the Bosphorus, you will be accompanied by seagulls and enjoy a fabulous view of the sights of Istanbul style.
The original Ottoman houses, the fabulous villas and the impressive history of this car – free island can be explored during a romantic horse – drawn carriage ride. At the port there is a carriage station where dozens of wagons wait for passengers. If you like sports, you can also rent a bike and go on a discovery tour on your own.
Among the most popular attractions are the wooden palaces, the Greek Orthodox Aya Triada Church, the aesthetic Hamidiye Mosque, the Byzantine Monastery, the large Orthodox orphanage and the Greek Aya Yorgi Monastery, which is on the the highest point on the island, allowing excellent panoramic views of the entire oasis.
Along the waterfront, many restaurants and cafes line up, where you can eat and drink comfortably with a view of the sparkling waves on the coast. Büyükada also impresses with its beautiful beaches. If you want to go swimming, remember to bring your bathing suits.
The islands can be reached from Istanbul in less than an hour. You can leave from Kabataş, Sirkeci, Kadikoy and Bostanci.