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Princes’ Islands

Riding in a horse-drawn carriage among 19th-century mansions encased with splendid greenery makes for a peaceful weekend


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The Princes' Islands is a perfect way to escape from the city's commotion; as there are no cars, only horse-drawn carriages and bikes may interfere with its pristine nature. The name denotes a group of 9 islands located in the Marmara Sea and dates back to the legend about troublesome princesses who were sent there for exile by Byzantine emperors. Tourists are allowed on only 4 of the 9 islands, including Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, and the largest one, Buyukada. This island is famous for its seafood, numerous Victorian houses, lush vegetation, swimming beaches, and the Hagios Giorgios Church situated on the island's summit. One may get to this spot of tranquillity anytime between April and October by boat or ferry from Kabataş.

The best time to visit the islands would be April-May and September-October when it's still warm but not too crowded. Summer months might get too crowded on the islands, as well as the ferries taking people there. If you are not afraid of cold, you can even visit the islands on a cold gloomy winter day—less people and more tranquillity.

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