In the summer when the days are hot, a getaway to the Princes’ Islands is a great way to escape the bustle of Istanbul. A quick ferry ride away is lies this unique world where cars are replaced with horses and carts and the Sea of Marmara provides tranquility. Originally a place where royals were exiled, the cluster of islands is now a popular spot for those who want to get out of town without having to go very far.
Made up of nine islands, four have the biggest draw (and the places to catch the ferry) — Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Büyükada. The largest of the islands, Büyükada, has a sixth century church and monastery worth a visit, along with Istanbul’s first and only city museum. For those looking for some beach time, head to Heybeliada.