Büyükada (meaning big island) is one of the most beautiful islands of Istanbul and is the largest of the nine so-called Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara. You should devote a whole day for visiting this magnificent island. With an area of about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers), it is one the largest islands in Istanbul. This island is a very beautiful place to visit in every season. In addition to its beautiful nature, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and villas with its flower gardens and spend a few hours away from all the cars and noises. The only vehicles you can see on this island are bicycles and carriages, which you can rent for hours and explore the beautiful island. There are beautiful ice cream shops and restaurants and cafes along the way that you can visit for a break. Other places to visit on the island, are the famous clock tower and home of the famous Resat Nuri Guntekin (a well-known novelist in Turkish literature), and the Hagia Yorgi Greek Orthodox Church.
Tips to visit Buyukada Island
Note that you will be on the way to get to the island for two hours, so plan your departure time and return time before you go. Try to visit this beautiful island in the morning. The ferries depart from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Do not get off the ferry on the first island as it is not Buyukada. If you don’t know Turkish, try to visit the island with a tour to have everything planned. But of course do not take any tour that you come across!
How to get to Buyukada Island from Taksim?
You can take the subway from Taksim to Kabatas. Get off the subway after two stops and then you can see the Buyukada ferries. The ferries usually cost 7.5 Lira.