The Adalar (Prince’s Islands) district, which is within the borders of Istanbul, consists of an island team of 9 large and small islands. These islands are called the Princes' Islands or the Red Islands, also with its former name the Prinkipos islands. Only four of them are suitable for settlement and touristic trips. These islands are Büyükada, Burgazada, Kınalıada and Heybeliada. It is possible to reach the islands by ferries departing from Kadıköy, Bostancı, and Beşiktaş. Other uninhabited islands are Sedef Island, Tavşan Island, Vordonos Island, Yassıada, Sivriada, and Kaşık Island.
How to get to the Princes' Islands?
It is possible to reach the islands by ferries departing from Kadıköy, Bostancı, and Beşiktaş. You can check the hours on the “Şehir Hatları” website. Other uninhabited islands are Sedef Island, Tavşan Island, Vordonos Island, Yassıada, Sivriada, and Kaşık Island.
The best way to discover the Princes' Islands is a full-day tour which you can easily book from Istanbul.com.
Büyükada, the largest of the 4 islands, is also the most well-known and most visited island. It is a place rich in history, culture, and natural beauty; with its pine trees, historical mansions, beaches, and scenic hills. Sometimes it can feel like you are in an Aegean town, not in Marmara. When you come to Büyükada, you can take a bike tour, windsurf, enjoy the scenery, or visit countless nostalgic mansions. Here are the places you must see:
Aya Yorgi Hill
Splendid Palace Hotel
Büyükada Greek Orphanage
Among the islands, Kınalıada is the closest to Istanbul. It is also the smallest of the four major islands. It takes at most half an hour on foot to walk around the entire island. Many Istanbul residents have their summer houses here. Some people live here in summer and winter. You can swim from anywhere on the island. For this reason, it gets very crowded, especially in summer. Places to see in Kınalıada:
Dönüşüm (Conversion) Monastery
Surp Krikor Illuminator Church
Panagia Greek Orthodox Church
Heybeliada, the second largest island of the Prince Islands, has become a place preferred by many young people and artists living in Istanbul for permanent residence in recent years. While visiting the historical sites of this small island, you can find traces of Turkey's cosmopolitan and culturally rich texture.
The name Burgazada comes from the Greek word “Pyrgos” meaning tower, later it was translated into Turkish and turned into “burgaz”. This place has been the subject of many paintings and literary works in history and has hosted important names. Here are some places you should visit to witness the cultural richness of Burgazada:
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Frequently Asked Question
Is Princes island Istanbul worth visiting?
The Princes' Islands, historically known as the Prinkipos Islands, are without a doubt the most picturesque location in Istanbul (especially during the spring). It's only a short ferry trip away from Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara, though. And it's worth the ride.
How do I get from Istanbul to Princes island?
Frequent ferries leave Istanbul every day for the four Princes Islands that are accessible to the general public: Büyükada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, and Knalada. The sea buses, which take around an hour to get from Istanbul to Princes Islands, are the quickest option.
Which Princess island is the best in Istanbul?
Due to all the experiences it provides, Burgazada is regarded as the greatest of the Princess Islands. Explore the Greek architecture, visit the Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum, or just wander around this enormous island's verdant splendor.
Which of the princes islands is best to visit?
The Princes' Islands' main island, Büyükada, has the most attractions and activities available. But we suggest you to have a look at Burgazada also.
How long is ferry to Princes island Istanbul?
From Eminonu, Kabatas or Besiktas it is approximately 75 minutes. From Anatolian side it is around 60 minutes.