Cultural encounters in Istanbul
Princes' Island escape
A place of exile under the Byzantine emperors, the Princes' Islands (Kızıl Adalar in Turkish) became popular summer resorts in the mid-19th Century. These largely forested islands lie 12 miles southeast of the city, in the Sea of Marmara, and are entirely car-free, with bicycles and phaetons (horse-drawn carriages) providing transportation. The two largest islands of Heybeliada and Büyükada are the most interesting for visitors. Ferries leave from Kabataş quay in the Beyoğlu district at least 14 times a day. The boat takes around 1.5 hours to get to Büyükada, stopping four times along the way. It costs ￡1.30 every time you board.