Ataturk and sabiha gokcen airports
Sea bus and island ferries and motor boats
Alti numara beach
Car: not necessary
Sait faik museum, beaches, beautiful quiet location, fabulous seafood restaurants, 1000 year old church, Byzantium exile, within short boat journey to bustling Istanbul.
The Princes' Islands – the other maritime 'must-do' for any visitor to Istanbul's waterways – offer full-on escapism. Although the furthest of the islands is only 26km south-east of modern Istanbul, they exist as though in a secret, separate world of their own, harbouring sandy beaches, secluded pine forests and ancient monasteries. Even more so than on the Bosporus, it's like arriving at a film set for a costume drama. Promenades are decked with the candy-striped awnings of expensive seafood restaurants. Motor traffic is banned. Leafy avenues shelter shuttered mansions, set in picture-perfect gardens adorned with porches, swings and picket-fences.