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Büyükada, the largest of the Princes’ Islands

on 07/05/2012

About twenty kilometers south of Istanbul lies the archipelago of Prince’s islands which only 5 of 9 Islands are inhabited.Princes Islands Büyükada whose name means “Big Island” is the most interesting to visit during the first time in Istanbul.

After crossing to Islands by boat from Kabataş or from Bostancı, with the first step on dock a special atmosphere is immediately felt.

Motor vehicles, except those of the municipality, are banned to the delight of visitors. It is by foot, bicycle, electric bicycle or carriage that one discovers the riches of Prinkipo, which is the ancient Greek name of Büyükada.

The liveliest part of the island is concentrated around the docks, as soon as we walk away only the tramp of horses are disturbs the calm surrounding us.

You cannot decide where to look between the sumptuous colonial style houses and lush vegetation, especially when countless bougainvillea are in bloom.

The climb to the hill of Aya Yorgi Monastery is a “must do”. After a good twenty minute walk or bicycle for the more adventurous, you will be rewarded with magnificent views over the neighboring islands and the Asian side of Istanbul.

After you catch your breath, you’ll probably want to fill you up while enjoying the scenery.  An open air restaurant offers,  among other excellent borek – a kind of turnovers stuffed with cheese – accompanied by a salad of white beans and a delicious lamb kebabs, washed down with wine produced by the monks of a nearby island,

Do not walk back down before visiting the beautiful St George Greek Orthodox monastery dating from the tenth century where you will be greeted by a priest wearing a traditional cassock.

Whether with family, friends or lovers, for a few hours or a weekend or several days, the discovery of Büyükada is undoubtedly a magnificent discovery.


One Response to “Büyükada, the largest of the Princes’ Islands”

  1. sencer says:

    one of the best place to see in istanbul

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