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Marmara Island, a lovely place to spend a weekend surrounded by greenery

on 05/08/2015
Marmara Harbour

Marmara Harbour

Marmara is the largest of the islands located in the Sea of Marmara and it is only 2 and a half hours away from Istanbul. Ferries to Marmara depart from Yenikapi Terminal.

Little-known to most tourists, this charming island is mainly frequented by Turkish families and couples and is the ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend surrounded by greenery.

The island was formerly known as Proikonesos (Roe Deer Island) in ancient Greek. Seat of the Archbishopric of the islands during the Byzantine Empire, it was also a place of exile, especially for ecclesiastics, such as Byzantine monk Stephen the Younger in 754, Patriarch of Constantinople Michael Cerularius in 1058 and Arsenios, also Patriarch of Constantinople, in 1264.

Tranquillity reigns over the island’s main village, also called Marmara, whether it is in the famous tea gardens along the seashore or in the restaurants on the main street.

When the heat becomes too strong you can always take refuge in the neighbouring square in the shade of the giant plane trees. There is also a market there every Thursday, where you can find regional produce, as well as good value household products and clothing.

The Local Market

The Local Market

There are also a few small but pleasant beaches for the swimming enthusiasts among you.

Locally caught mussels are undoubtedly one of the culinary specialties of the islands. Served fried in batter with a sauce or stuffed with rice, they are an absolute delight.

The pretty harbour is filled with a large number of small fishing boats, as well as a few sailing boats and yachts.


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