Where time stands still!
Buyukada is an island from the Princes’ Islands group of nine islands and it can be part of Istanbul private tours. Unlike the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul with all the cafes, shopping centres, big buildings, everything that a modern human can think of, Buyukada (in fact, the Princes’ Islands or ‘Adalar’, like Turkish call them) is a symbol of tranquillity, serenity… It is like a harbour where ‘past’ settled down and doesn’t want to leave. Past, well-preserved and ignorant of new technologies or people’s modern desires.
Buyukada is in the Sea of Marmara, not far away from Istanbul sightseeing. Only four of the islands are populated and they all have Greek and Turkish names. Buyukada is the Turkish name of the island and it means Big Island, as it covers an area of 5.4 km². That makes it the biggest island in the Princes’ Islands group. ‘These Isles of the Princes lie in sight of Stamboul and its splendours, and of the mountains of Asia, dominated by the Mysean Olympus.