Horse-drawn carriage "Phaeton"

Escape the Bustle of Istanbul to Princes’ Island

On the second day of our visit to Istanbul, we decided to escape the bustle of the city and headed to idyllic Princes’ Islands. During the Byzantine era, princes and other royalties and later Ottoman sultan families were exiled on the islands, giving the islands their present name. It comprises of nine islands in Marmara Sea, close to Istanbul. We visited the largest island named Buyukada via a short ferry ride.
Port to Princes Island Istanbul

Kadikoy Port

Prince Islands Istanbul

Ferry Ride Prince Islands Istanbul

On the island, motorized vehicles are not allowed except service vehicles which makes it amazingly peaceful, exactly the opposite of the bustles of Istanbul. Visitors explore the island by foot, by riding a bicycle or in a horse-drawn phaeton carriages. We explored the island beautiful scenery riding the famous phaeton carriages.

Horse-drawn carriage "Phaeton"

Horse-drawn carriage “Phaeton”

our tour guide

our tour guide

Phaeton Carriage

Phaeton Carriage

Prince Islands Istanbul

Streets of Prince Islands

Prince Islands Istanbul

Exploring the streets of Princes’ Island

Prince Islands Istanbul

Riding the Phaeton Carriage in Prince Islands

Prince Islands Istanbul

Beautiful scenery of Princes’ Island

Donkeys in Princess Island

Donkeys in Princess Island

After enjoying the cool breeze, ornate Ottoman houses and elegant mansions, we had our lunch at one of the fish restaurants that line the waterfront.

Prince Islands Istanbul

Prince Islands Istanbul

Indeed, it was a peaceful and relaxing day to explore the other side of Istanbul.

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