Büyükada means “Big Island” in Turkish. As its name implies, it is the largest of the Princes’ Islands with an area of 5.4 square meters. The highest point is at Yücetepe, which is 203 meters high. The island has a population of 7499.
Top Attractions on the largest of the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul (Büyükada)
- The Greek Orthodox Churches of Agios Dimitrios and Panagia
- Greek Orthodox Hristos (Christ) Monastery
- Roman Catholic Church of San Pacifico
- Armenian Catholic Church of Surp Asdvadzadzin
- Hamidiye Mosque
- Many stylish wooden residences that line the streets.
- Merkez Eczanesi”, a pharmacy “from 1870
- The ruins of Trotsky’s villa at Hamlacı Sokak 4, in which Trotsky lived in exile between 1929 and 1933, writing his autobiography and the three volumes on the “History of the Russian Revolution”.
- Adalar Müzesi, museum of the Princes’ Islands
- Visit the Greek Orthodox Aya Yorgi (St. George) Monastery on the top of Yücetepe, which is 203 meter high, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Sea of Marmara and Istanbul’s Asian side.
- Marvel at the former Greek Orphanage Prinkipo from 1898. Europe’s largest wooden construction, and the second largest in the world, is unfortunately at risk of collapse and on the list of the seven most endangered buildings in Europe.
Things to do on the Istanbul Island Büyükada:
- Rent a bike in the center and explore the island.
- Take a horse carriage tour. Please note: We have heard that some horses are neglected in winter; they don’t get much food and are not treated well. When taking a carriage, pay attention to the condition of the horse. Do not support carriage drivers who do not treat their horses well!
- Go for a walk in the nature parks (Tabiat Parkı) Büyükada and Dilburnu.
- Go for a swim and sunbathe on one of the many public beaches (halk plajı) or beach clubs.