For our May Coffee and Culture tour, we’ll take a wander on the beautiful Büyükada, with our IWI members Becky and Mimo.
Residents of Istanbul are extremely fortunate to have their very own archipelago within the city bounds enabling us, with just a short ferry ride, to escape the mega-city atmosphere of Istanbul and be enveloped by a tranquil and slower pace of Island life. With its fragrant pine tree forests and wild olive trees not only is it amazingly peaceful and totally different from the hectic city life of Istanbul, Büyükada also has a very rich history and culture of its own.
Walking in Büyükada, with its beautiful buildings, and where cars are banned, you can lose yourself in an age that has passed us by. Büyükada brings history, literally, back to life.
Join Becky (a resident of Buyukada) and Mimo for a walk to the Greek Orphanage, two small churches and with a sea side lunch near Luna Park. The church, Aya Nikola Manastiri and chapel are usually closed for the general public. Aya Nikola Manastiri houses a classroom, from a room in the Greek Orphanage. The whole tour will take about 3 to 3.5 hours with about 1.5 hours of walking. We will walk in the forest and by the sea with lovely vistas and a passing by look, of the beautiful wooden houses of Büyükada. The tour will end with a visit to the Splendid Palace Hotel built in 1908, for a cup of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight.
© International Women of Istanbul 2017