The most beautiful way to escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul for a day is to visit the Princes' Islands. Take a stroll and be intertwined with nature.
First Stop is Istanbul Kinali Island :
Kinaliada, smallest of these four islands, has beautiful summer homes which people rent it for the season, and a large Armenian community prefers this island for their summer vacations. Its name Kinali, meaning Henna, comes from its reddish color because of the iron and copper that has been mined here in the past. Its nice beaches attract many people from the city, Ayazma beach is one of them. Hristos Monastery is located up on a hill and was built by the Byzantine emperor Romanus IV (Diogenes) while he was exiled here and where he was buried. The monastery is open to the public only on Fridays. There are no horse carriages here because of the size of the island.
Second Stop is Istanbul Heybeliada (Islands) :
Heybeliada, second largest island in the archipelago, was known as Khalkitis or chalki during the Byzantine period and had many copper mines which are shut down today. There are some interesting buildings on the island such as the Naval Academy founded in 1773 and the Greek Orthodox High School. The High school is a large building up on the northern hill and in the middle of pine trees, but it's closed today. It is possible to tour the phaeton on this island.
Last Stop is Istanbul Buyukada (Istanbul Big Island) :
Buyukada is the largest and the most popular of Princess Island. There are some historical buildings such as Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery from 6th century Ayios Dimitrios Church, Hristos Church and Monastery, and Hamidiye mosque built by sultan Abdulhamit II. When you rent a horse-drawn carriage, you can choose between a long route or a short one to visit the island. During our tour, we give the longest break at the Buyukada.