“Escape To Green” From Europe’s Biggest City: Prince Islands

Istanbul's Islands, where peace, nature and history meet, found a place in BBC's travel routes. The Islands, where cars are banned, were described as a peaceful address for those who want to escape the complex and busy pace of the city.

The Princes’ Islands, or Princes’ Islands, are a favorite not only for Istanbulites but also for tourists from neighboring cities and abroad.

BBC Travel’s Richard Collett spoke highly of the Princes’ Islands, which bear traces of the Ottoman Empire and are a favorite escape for those bored with busy city life.

Located off the southern coast of Istanbul’s Anatolian side, the sparsely populated Princes’ Islands offer a glimpse into Istanbul’s multicultural past and are among the “peaceful escape” routes.

Included in the BBC’s list of places to explore, the Islands consist of 9 islands, large and small, and five of them (Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kınalıada and Sedef Island) are inhabited.


It is forbidden to drive in the Islands, where princes were exiled during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The Islands, which you can reach after a short ferry ride, shed light on Istanbul’s multicultural past and promise a “green escape” from Istanbul, Europe’s largest city.

BBC Travel’s Richard Collett says, “Time seems to have stood still in the Islands” and that the architecture reflects the past.

Collett, echoing the locals’ message of “Don’t rush”, argues that the Prince’s Islands should be visited in a relaxed way, exploring different cultures and enjoying the scenery.

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