If You Go…

The least expensive and most fun way to reach Büyükada is via a conventional ferry. Look for the Adalar Iskelesi dock in front of the Sirkeci Terminal railway station in Eminönü. Ferry schedules change with the seasons, though at least 10 trips a day run from Sirkeci to the Princes' Islands. You'll need one token each way, and those can be purchased at the dock for $1.35.

For a current schedule, visit www.ido.com.tr/en and click on the "Conventional Ferry Timetables" link.


Where to Stay …

SPLENDID PALACE HOTEL
Nisan Cad. No. 23
Büyükada, Istanbul
011-90-216-382-6950
www.splendidhotel.net
Rates: $70 to $110
Inaugurated in 1908, this restored hotel with an art nouveau influence has 70 rooms and four suites, some with views of the sea.

BÜYÜKADA PRINCESS HOTEL
Iskele Cad. No. 2
Büyükada, Istanbul
011-90-216-382-1628
www.buyukadaprincess.com
Rates: $92 to $145
Restored in 1988, this three-story hotel has 24 air-conditioned rooms and is centrally located, just steps from the ferry.


Where to Eat …

MILANO RESTAURANT
Gülistan Cad. No. 20
Büyükada, Istanbul
011-90-216-382-6352
Prices: $5 to $15 for small plates and entrées
Located on the waterfront and within view of the ferry, Milano specializes in seafood, including mullet, sea bream, and calamari, as well as in grilled meats and meatballs.

YILDIZLAR CAFETERIA
Iskele Cad. No. 2
Büyükada, Istanbul
011-90-216-382-4360
Prices: $5 to $10
This place is a 100-year-old tea garden that serves traditional fast foods like iahmacun (an Armenian pizza topped with ground meat), döner kebabs (spit-roasted meat), and grilled cheese sandwiches.