The Princes’ Islands are a little known archipelago of Turkish islands, consisting of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, just off the coast of Istanbul. The Adalar (islands) as they are simply known locally, are the perfect spot for a relaxed Istanbul holiday. Since driving is forbidden on the Princes’ Islands, the only way around is by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage, which offers visitors a quiet, natural environment a world away from the noise and traffic usually associated with an Istanbul city break.

The Princes' Islands were first inhabited by a wave of Greek and Armenian Bankers who built lavish holiday mansions here at the turn of the 19th Century. This is the reason why these tiny Turkish Islands have very little Islamic influence and are, even today, a real melting pot of different cultures and religions. It may also be one of the reasons that they are so little known within Turkey – making them such a remarkable secret.

Buyukada

Heybeliada

Burgazada

The Smaller Islands

Looking for flexible, family-friendly accommodation in IstanbulThe KaramanyanThe Karamanyan is a restored mansion on the delightful island of Heybeliada, within easy reach of the city centre by boat, comprising 4 self-catering apartments available for rent.