Buyukada Island of Istanbul

Discover Istanbul and its most popular island

Istanbul Buyukada Island

Buyukada Island is the largest of the Princes' Islands and also the farthest from Istanbul. It welcomes its visitors with a very enjoyable atmosphere, with its historical pier, large bazaar square and famous fish restaurants.


Buyukada is the most popular and largest island of Istanbul. During the whole year, the island is very lively with its residents and touristic visitors.

Its beauty is striking once you disembark at the Buyukada Pier. The building shows features of late Ottoman architecture and its dome, arched facade decorated with tiles, and stained glass windows make it one of the finest examples of its kind. After leaving the pier building you follow the road straight to the clock tower located in a square which is surrounded with wooden mansions and kiosks. On the main streets the mansion houses, which are currently used as bars or hotels, are adorned with flower gardens which have become symbols of Buyukada Island.

Since there is no motor vehicle on the island, you can go to your destination by renting a bike.

Things to Do and See

Lovers Hill: Buyukada and love are inseparable. On the Lovers Hill, you will see many couples escaping from the city and walking hand in hand.

Sunset: With its many remarkable features, the island is so rejuvenating. If you come on a day trip you can watch the best sunset of Buyukada at the pier or at Dilburnu during your last minutes on the island. The city lights of Istanbul become clearly visible and the enchanting views capture your attention for hours.

Historical Buildings: It is known that some Byzantine emperors and empresses lived here in exile. Some of the historical buildings on Buyukada like the Hagia Irene Monastery, Hagia Yorgi Monastery and Yucetepe Church, still retain their importance for the Orthodox community.

Beaches: If you want to sunbathe and enjoy the sea, you can go to the beautiful beaches of Buyukada.

How to Get There

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

Istanbul Buyukada Island
Girl on Bicycle, Buyukada, Istanbul