Adalar Attractions in Istanbul

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  • Adalar (the Princes' Islands) is a separate district with its own municipality in Istanbul. As such each island is a little neighborhood where locals salute one another by name and know where everyone lives and does what for a living. Whilst being a district of the city of Istanbul, Adalar has its own unique features that distinguish them as a preferred summer venue and a daily day out -excursion- place. There are no cars on the islands; but horse-backed carriages only. As such, arrivees to the islands have either the choice of walking to their homes, or taking a carriage (a.k.a taking a cab). Without the cars, the air of Adalar immediately makes itself felt with fresh smells of flowers and lots of oxygen only. Transportation to the islands depends on ferries. As the summer months are more popular amongst both residents and non-residents there are more available rides to and fro the islands. Residents seek asylum on the islands -from the hectic city life. They seek a little bit of calm and peace. Non residents arrive on the weekends for trivia and fun. It is a fun thing to do that also does not require getting out of the borders of Istanbul. As a result, the weekends are mostly very crowded on the ferries and on the islands. The following are the activities that attracts these resident and non-resident local fans to do the islands. Be reminded that a day is not completed for the locals without a decent raki-balik session. That is eating fish and meze (tapas) with raki (Turkish ouzo)... Best is if you could do that during sunset...

    Aya Yorgi Ortodoks Kilisesi

    Buyukada (Princes' Islands)

    Spiritual moments during a peaceful island trip...
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    Rent a bike

    Princes' Islands

    Rent a bike on the islands... read more

    Horse backed carriage rides

    Princes' Islands

    Fayton rides are faster and sometimes a more romantic way to get to your destination... read more

    Adalar Muzesi

    23 Nisan Cad. No: 14/1 Büyükada (Princes' Islands)

    A museum about the history and lifestyle on the islands... read more



    Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum

    Çayır Sokak No:15 Burgazada

    Museum of famous Turkish writer... read more

    Adalar İlçe Halk Kütüphanesi

    23 Nisan Caddesi No 45

    Reader's Place... read more

    Sinem Ice Cream

    Burgazada Port

    Ice-cream legend on Burgazada... read more

    Christos (Metamorfosis) Monastry


    Artifacts of a monastery made in 1603... read more

    Heybeliada Beach Club


    Beach on island of Halki or Heybeliada as we know it... read more
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