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Princes' Islands

The Princes' Islands or just Adalar (Islands) as they are called by Turks are a chain of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara. The islands are Büyükada , Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedef Adasi, Yassiada, Sivriada, Kasikadasi and Tavsanadasi.

From among these nine islands four are very popular, Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada, especially during the summer months. The Princes’ Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul offering peace, a resort atmosphere and quiet natural environment. Motor vehicles are not allowed into the islands, the only transports are horses, carts and bicycles.

The islands are easy to reach; there are regular ferry services from different piers of Istanbul. In the Asian side are Bostanci and Kartal and in the European side Sirkeci/Eminönü, Kabatas and Yenikapi. Ferry services are provided by Istanbul Seabuses (IDO) operated by the municipality of Istanbul.

The islands gained their actual name as Princes’ Islands during the Byzantine period, when princes and other royalty were exiled on the islands, and later members of the Ottoman sultans’ family were exiled there too. At 19th century the islands became popular resorts for wealthy people who built their wooden houses around them.

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