August 09, 2014

Escape from Istanbul: The Tiny Islands Where A Chaotic City Unwinds

So it is in Istanbul, on the cusp of Europe and Asia, where a serene skyline of domes and minarets looks down on streets teeming with traffic, traders and tourists. 

While it seems as if every inch of the city is consumed by the tumult, there are oases of calm. The Prince islands are, for most Istanbul residents, the ultimate weekend getaway, offering an escape where, crucially for anyone who's ever endured they city's motoring snarl-ups, cars are banned. 

A boat ride away in the Sea of Marmara, the islands offer a soothing natural environment, sightseeing and cycle rides. 

And because this is still Istanbul, there's also great food. 

There are nine Prince Islands, of which Buyukada and Heybeliada are the two of the largest and most popular. 

Here's what to do look out for: 


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