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  • Heybeliada Istanbul

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Located in the heart of the Princes’ Islands, Heybeliada stands out as Istanbul’s greenest and most tranquil escape. This idyllic island is renowned not only for its lush natural beauty but also for its rich history and cultural treasures.

As you approach Heybeliada by ferry, you’ll be greeted by the captivating sight of the island’s four iconic hills. The highest of these is Değirmentepe, rising to an impressive height of 136 meters. Another notable hill is Ümit Hill, home to the famous Heybeliada Seminary and standing proudly at 85 meters. Completing the quartet are Taşocağı and Makarios Hills, each contributing to the island’s distinctive landscape.

The most iconic institution on Heybeliada is the Naval Cadet School, a historic landmark that commands attention as you disembark from the ferry. Within its grounds, you’ll discover two remarkable structures. The Kamariotissa, a surviving Eastern Roman church, is a testament to the island’s ancient past and is thought to be the last church constructed before the conquest of Constantinople. Another treasure is Aya Yorgi, a charming 16th-century church perched on a hill overlooking Büyükada. With its pink façade and awe-inspiring vistas, the Aya Yorgi Cliff Monastery is a must-see attraction on the island.

Crowning the highest hill is the 11th-century Orthodox monastery, Aya Triada, offering sweeping views of Heybeliada’s verdant landscape. The village, located to the right of the jetty, exudes a traditional and laid-back ambiance. Here, you can explore bars, cafés, a year-round open hotel, and a collection of beautiful wooden houses. In the summertime, the island comes alive with small open-air concerts and an annual Independence Day march, featuring a naval band that tours the island.

Heybeliada is also known as the former home of Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar, a revered figure in Turkish literature who resided on the island for 32 years. His former residence, a charming house that he called home until 1944, is now open to visitors as a museum, providing a glimpse into his life and literary contributions.

While Büyükada may be the largest and historically rich of the Princes’ Islands, Heybeliada offers a distinct blend of relaxation, tradition, and a laid-back atmosphere. The island boasts an array of inviting beaches and beach clubs, with notable options including Aquarium Cove, a hidden paradise, and German Cove, a stony haven facing the open sea.

Heybeliada invites you to unwind amidst nature, explore history, and savor the tranquility of this picturesque island. Whether you’re seeking cultural insights or a leisurely beach day, Heybeliada offers the perfect retreat in the heart of Istanbul’s island paradise.

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