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Princes Islands

Posted on 31 December 2015
Updated On: 6 July 2020

Princes Islands are a group of islands located about hour and a half from the center of Istanbul and it is located in the Sea of Marmara, and can be accessed from Kabatas seaport. Princes Islands consists of four major islands and 5 small islands, where a chain of nine islands form off the coast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara.

It is as follows:

Büyükada Island: an area of 5.46 km2, is the first and most famous destination for tourists.

Hebelaada Island: with an area of 2.4 km2.

Burgazada Island: an area of 1.5 km2.

Kinaliada Island: has an area of 1.3 km2.

Adası Island: shell’s island, has an area of 0.157 km2.

Yassıada Island: and covers an area of 0.05 km2.

Sivriada Island: an area of 0.05 km2.

Kaşık Adas Island: and an area of 0.006 km2.

Tavşan Adası Island: an area of 0.004 km2.


History of Princes Islands

The reason for naming Princes Islands goes back to the Byzantine period where it was known during this period of exile to kings and princes and followed by family members and the Ottoman Sultans, also mentions that The Ottomans had takeover the Princes Islands in 1453.

During the summer months, Princes Islands or the Princes’ Islands is very popular destination on the level of Turkey, and there are daily trips from Istanbul and there is a big traffic on the islands, as for hotels there are four hotels available in the Princes Islands and only operate in the summer season. Also there are available on the island a lot of restaurants, cafes, shops and a lot of fun activities.

Buyukada Island, means in English the Big Island, it is the largest one of Princes Islands and the most famous and most visited, the date of the fall of this island in the hands of the Ottomans goes back to 1453, by the commander Suleimanoglu. The island is famous for its old buildings and wooden houses and narrow streets and quiet charming and the absence of cars pollution and congestion, where it prevents the use of cars.

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