Travelling back in time: a horse and carriage on Büyükada
Büyükada: travelling back in time
It only takes an afternoon to walk around Büyükada, the largest island in the archipelago. This island is famous for its nature and sandy beaches. With only an old monastery, one square and one shopping street, it is easy to find your bearings. There are also a number of lovely patios and restaurants. To spend the night, reserve a room in the nostalgic Splendid Palas Hotel and soak up the historic century-old ambiance. The white wooden art-nouveau villa with charming balconies and red shutters offers a spectacular ocean view.
The beautiful nature of Heybeliada
Heybeliada: natural beauty
The green island of Heybeliada is also worth a visit. Take a walk through the forest and then find a comfortable picnic spot or a beach in a secluded bay. After sipping a cup of tea on one of the many tea patios along the village’s waterfront, ride a bike to the most beautiful bay on the southern part of the island. Perhaps take a one-hour carriage ride and circumnavigate the entire island. Enjoy the peace and quiet for longer and spend the night in the small and luxurious Halki Palas hotel.
Sedef Adasi: a tiny paradise
Sedefadasi, also known as the Mother-of-Pearl Island, is the smallest of the inhabited islands. The private property of a wealthy Turk, the island boasts just a few houses and holiday villas. The regular ferry only moors here in high season, but one can always charter a private boat to visit in the off season. Bring a basket full of goodies and a nice bottle of wine to spend a delightful afternoon on a beautiful beach.
Swimming in the turquoise waters around Princes’ Islands