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Princes’ Islands

If your city trip to Istanbul is spread out over four or more days, you may feel the need to escape the noisy city at a certain point. The Princes’ Islands are of course the obvious choice. But there are also other options for day and overnight excursions. If you want to be surrounded by […]


Büyükada, the biggest of the nine Princes’ Islands (Adalar) is an excellent destination if you want to escape the city for a day. Below you’ll find a fair impression of it. There are two versions available: a YouTube version (smaller in size) and a WVM version (bigger in size). The length of both movies is […]

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In the past, the island was called Prinkipo after the Greek word for prince, but these days it’s called Büyükada. Logical, because with an area of 5,36 km² it is the biggest (büyük) island (ada) of the nine Princes’ Islands. Life on the island is very laid-back. The elegant, wooden mansions together with the typical […]


The pine-forested and car-free Princes’ Islands (Kızıl Adalar or just Adalar) provide an oasis of peace and quite, making them an excellent destination to escape the hectic city life for a day. Out of the nine islands that lie in front of Istanbul’s coast, only four can be visited: Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Büyükada, the […]