Burgazada Island of Istanbul

Discover Istanbul and its peaceful island

Istanbul Burgazada Island

Burgazada Island is the third largest of the Princes' Islands near Istanbul. Quiet and peaceful Burgazada is an ideal location to escape the noise and traffic for a just few hours or a full day trip.


Burgazada is to the west of Heybeliada and the second stop after Kinaliada. It is the third largest island of the Princes' Islands in Istanbul.

Burgazada Island, which is calmer and more relaxed place compare to the Buyukada, is a preferred place for literary and art luminaries due to its unique location and magnificent natural scenery. One of the most famous residents was the Turkish writer Sait Faik. The mansion in which the author died in 1954 serves today as the Museum of Sait Faik open to visitors.

The island, which has lots of facilities, are used as a holiday resort by the residents of Istanbul.

What to Do and See

The mosque right behind the square when you land at the pier, and the church located slightly further, give an idea regarding the island of Burgazada.

The most popular place in the island is the Bayrak Hill, which has a panoramic view. Like the other islands Burgazada is secluded and was occupied in the past by ascetics and monks. On the summit of Bayrak Hill, there is a ruin of Christos Monastery from the 9th century.

Opposite the Museum of Sait Faik is the Aghios Ioannes Church, which is believed to date from the Byzantine Period.

The famous Kalpazankaya site offers the best access to the sea on the far side of the island. The bays of Madame Martha and Mimi are some of the most beautiful places to swim.

How to Get There

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

Istanbul Burgazada Island
General View, Burgazada, Istanbul