Princes' Islands of Istanbul

Discover Istanbul and its group of nine islands

The Islands of Istanbul

The Princes' Islands is the common name for 9 islands in the southeast of Istanbul where residents go to relax, especially during the hot summer months. Buyukada, Heybeliada, Kinaliada and Burgazada are the largest of the Princes' Islands.

Princes' Islands

Princes' Islands are a group of 9 islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul. The names of the islands are Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedefadasi, Silivriada, Yassiada, Kasik Island and Tavsan Island.

Each island has its own special charm, and their popularity is directly related to their size. Their silhouette can be seen from many parts of Istanbul.

The islands are the best choice for people to escape from the crowds of the city, you only need to choose an island and board a ferry. It is possible to travel from one island to another quickly, and to visit a few of the islands in a single day. There are several buildings dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman period on these islands, which were used as places of exile. Only bicycles and electric vehicles are used for transportation on all four of the islands, in which no automobiles are allowed.

With wonderful Princes' Islands, Istanbul is a breath taking place to visit.

Day Trips from Istanbul

During the summer months the Princes' Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. As there is no traffic on the islands, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. Once you are on the islands you can stroll or bike through the streets where beautiful wooden mansions and gardens line the way as views of the distant city spread out before you.

You can sip tea by the water or watch waves crash on rocky shores from windy hill tops. Smelling the salt air and watching seabirds fly along can be quiet dreamy.

Once you discover the peaceful life style, the quiet and calm of the islands, the clean streets and unspoilt nature there, you will find returning to the city very difficult.

Beaches for Swimming

Easy to get with an enjoyable ferry ride along the Bosphorus, Princes' Islands include some nice beaches suitable for swimming. Surrounded by the cleanest waters of the Marmara Sea, five islands, namely Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada and Sedefadasi feature beautiful beaches.

How to Get There

The Princes' Islands can be visited by either taking a ferryboat or a sea bus from Kabatas, Kadikoy or Bostanci. Ferries drop by each of them in the following order; first Kinaliada, then Burgazada, Heybeliada, and lastly Buyukada.

The Islands of Istanbul
Kinaliada, Princes' Islands, Istanbul