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Kinaliada Island of Istanbul

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Istanbul Kinaliada Island

Kinaliada Island is the fourth largest of the Princes' Islands and also closest island to the European and Asian side of Istanbul, about 12 kilometres to the south, named because of the colour of its earth.

Kinaliada Island

Kinaliada is the first stop for ferries departing from Istanbul. There is a lot to see on Kinaliada Island which cannot be found in the other islands.

During the summer months especially the island is more tranquil than the other islands and it has more beaches. So if you enjoy the sea and sun, disembark here and explore Kinaliada Island. The residents of Kinaliada prefer to cool off in the swimming pools of their clubs or their houses.

The climate of the Kinaliada is harsher than that of the other islands. It does not have a significant amount of woodland, but it does has a stone rich environment.

Things to Do and See

There are three large hills on the island, Cinar Hill, Tesvikiye Hill and Hristo Peak.

Beautiful Kinaliada Mosque was built in 1964. The dome, the triangular minarets and the glass exterior make this a rare modern mosque that stands out for its architecture.

There is also an Armenian church on the island, Krikor Lusavoric Church. You should visit the Panagia Church and Christos Monastery.

You can taste incredible feast of meats, rice, salads and wine and with a festival of music and dance.

How to Get There

It is possible to access Kinaliada with continuous trips on the ferryboats of the maritime operations from the Sirkeci coast of Istanbul to the Princes' Islands. Also Kinaliada can be visited by a sea bus from Eminonu, Kabatas, Kadikoy or Bostanci.

Kinaliada Island, Turkey

Kinaliada Island, Istanbul