|Beautiful houses on the island|
Adalar comprises 4 islands on the Marmara Sea and Buyukada is the biggest. You should start the journey early because it takes about one and a half hour to reach Buyukada. We took the tram from our hotel in Sultanahmet to Besiktas to catch the ferry. There were many people on the ferry and there was no seat. I had to stand on the deck but my conversation with a new found friend from Czech kept me entertained until the last station. Arriving at Buyukada we went separate ways and bade goodbye.
There are no cars on the island and the only transportation available are the horse carriages and bicycles...we decided to walk around the island. The island seems very popular not only among tourists but also the locals and it is really crowded. But it is pretty and walking around the car-free streets gives us a good sense of the local life. The houses and hotels on this island are beautiful but we were told, they are very expensive.
After we had enough walking around the island we then decided to get back to Istanbul and it was about time most of the visitors started to leave the island too. We paid another 2.80 Lira and soon everybody was boarding the ferry. OMG....they were filling up the ferry to the brim! It looked overloaded and we felt like sinking. I gazed around but there was no sign of life jackets and even if they do have, it won't be enough for everyone. Now, I am beginning to think if the 2.80 Lira is worth it. To make things worst, the ferry stopped by the other islands to pick up few more people. We felt such great relief as soon as the ferry docked in Besiktas again!
|Jackie Chan, the famous Hong Kong actor had one of his movies shot here|
|Adalar Ferry station|
|Horse carriages waiting for the passengers|
|People getting off the ferry at Buyukada station|
|On the bank of Adalar|
|The main transportation in Adalar|
|View of Hydarpassa Terminal from Marmara sea|