There are no cars in Büyükada. All right, there is the odd police car, the Coca Cola delivery truck, and the garbage disposal vehicle, but there are no passenger cars. That's the most wonderful thing of this island. You can walk, cycle, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Büyükada means big island. It is the largest island of the Princes' Islands, an archipelago of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, some 20km southeast of Istanbul.
Büyükada smells of horses, kebab, grilled fish, and sea. It is a quiet place a contrast to crowded, noisy, and polluted Istanbul. All you hear is the blast of the ferries, the cries of the seagulls, and the clip-clop of the horses, a very soft clip-clop, ...Read More