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. 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.

TWO CONTINENTS, ONE MUSEUM

The Fortress Museum incorporates Rumeli, Yedikule and Anadolu Fortresses. Among all, Rumeli Fortress however clearly stands out. The Fortress covering a 30-acre area in Sarıyer also gives its name to the location. It was built in a short period of four months. By Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 before the conquest of Istanbul in order to prevent attacks and block aids from the north of Bosphorus. This monument is located opposite the Anadolu Fortress, built by Sultan I. Beyazıt in 1394, and is located in the narrowest part of the Bosphorus.

By Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 before the conquest of Istanbul in order to prevent attacks and block aids from the north of Bosphorus. This monument is located opposite the Anadolu Fortress, built by Sultan I. Beyazıt in 1394, and is located in the narrowest part of the Bosphorus.

 

The name of Rumeli Fortress was “Kulle-i Cedide” in Fatih Foundations and “Yenice Hisar” in the history of Neşri and in history of Kemalpaşazade, Aşıkpaşazade and Nişancı it was “Boğazkesen Fortress”. The timber used in the construction was brought from Izmit and Karadeniz Ereğlisi and the stones were brought from various parts of Anatolia and the ruins are the remains of Byzantine structures in the surrounding area. This monumental building was restored as a museum in 1953 and was opened its doors to visitors in 1968. The open theatre structure was added then and now performances are not organized here. The mosque which was built during Rumelihisari construction and then which was demolished was built again in its original form in 2014. It also houses some events.

 

This monumental building was restored as a museum in 1953 and was opened its doors to visitors in 1968. The open theatre structure was added then and now performances are not organized here. The mosque which was built during Rumelihisari construction and then which was demolished was built again in its original form in 2014. It also houses some events.

WATCHING THE BREATHTAKING VIEW OF THE BOSPHORUS FROM ITS LUSH GARDEN

There are 4 main gates named; “Mountain Gate”, “Dizdar Gate”, “Hisarpeçe Gate” and “Sel Gate” and a secondary gate named, “Mezarlik Gate”. There is a total of 17 high and small towers: “Saruca Pasha”, “Halil Pasha”, “Great Zaganos Pasha” and “Young Zaganos Pasha” are among the main ones.

Because there is no exhibition hall or a warehouse in the museum, cannonballs, balls, a piece of the chain that was used across the sides of Golden Horn against attacks, are exhibited in the garden. Just to enjoy the view of Bosphorus from its lush garden is even a good enough reason to visit.