If you are in need of a relaxing break from the noisy city, then a visit to the Prince islands „Adalar“ is just what you need. These are five islands, which can be reached by boat, an hour from the dock in Eminönü. The largest and most versatile are the Prince islands Büyükada and Heybeli. The islands were formally used by the Sultan as a banishing place or as a hideaway for hunted minorities. Today you see many typically Turkish wooden mansions, horse carriages, small beaches, tea houses and monasteries. The whole island sends out a feeling of peace, as though you have travelled back in time to the last century.