As one of the most popular destinations for Turkish city breaks, Istanbul has even more to offer than first meets the eye. Ousting renowned tourist hotspots like Paris and New York at the top of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 Awards, Istanbul’s breathtaking backdrop -a grand tapestry of majestic mountain tops, soothing ocean waters and sunsets that have to be seen to be believed- overlooks a vibrant, bustling city where East and West, ancient and modern all come together in one glorious combination of history, art, culture and more.
With something new to be discovered around every corner, countless holidaymakers flock to Turkey’s largest city to marvel at the at the grandeur of the Topkapi Palace, tour the world famous Blue Mosque, or take in the must-see Aya Sofya, home to the tombs where Ottoman sultans and their offspring were laid to rest. At the end of such a long day battling through the masses to witness these spectacular monuments to European architecture, many choose to relax and unwind with a traditional Turkish bath at the acclaimed Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam. You could always join them, but of course, you know something they don’t.
You know that Istanbul has one more secret up its sleeve; a hidden treasure known as The Princes’ Islands that offers a greater respite from the chaos than even the most luxurious of Turkish massages.
A world of its own
Once the residence of famous storytellers and poets like Sait Faik Abasiyanik and Nâzım Hikmet, this was also the place Leon Trotsky first called home following his ousting from the Soviet Union in 1929. Not that you have to be living in exile to enjoy a stay in some of the finest holiday apartments in Istanbul. Located next to the former residence of Turkey’s second president, Mustafa İsmet İnönü, now a fascinating museum, the Karamanyan Holiday Apartments boasts enchanting views of rich, green mountain tops, littered here and there with beautifully built white, timber mansions and even more lavish greenery. Surrounded by such stunning scenery on this peaceful, secluded piece of paradise, you’ll feel a million miles away from the frantic pace and packed streets of Istanbul. In truth, the city is only a short boat ride away on a ferry service with an enviable reputation for running like clockwork day in, day out.
Your own private paradise
Staying in your own private Istanbul holiday apartments on the little known island of Heybeliada, with Buyukada, the region’s biggest and most well visited island only a quick jump away, you’ll benefit from the best of all worlds with something to suit all tastes. The lack of motorised traffic in The Princes’ Islands not only makes it a quiet environment, ideal for those times when all you want to do is kick back and relax, but also means it’s perfectly safe for families of all ages, with local amenities like shops, banks, restaurants, and even a post office only a leisurely stroll away. Meanwhile, private-yet-affordable beach clubs provide a much-welcomed escape from the crowds which flock to Buyukada beaches, with all amenities provided and plenty of space for you and yours to chill out and unwind.
Looking for a little more excitement? Only a short distance away from our holiday apartment, Istanbul’s rich history, vibrant setting and warm, welcoming characters. Alternatively, why not pick up a push bike for a cycle tour of Buyukada and Heybeliada, or even span the continents with a boat trip along the Bosphorus strait, a stretch of sea dividing Europe and Asia.
Whatever kind of holiday you’re hoping for, there’s a whole new world of experiences just waiting for you when you take advantage of affordable, family-friendly holiday lettings in Heybeliada, The Princes’ Islands. Contact us today to find out more.