The islands are about an hour away from Istanbul downtown. Regular public ferries, motorboats and stylish yachts are carrying visitors every other day. During the Byzantine Empire, some princes were banned to the islands where the name came from. Today the islands are a popular weekend/summer escape for tired citizens of the city. Fortunately motor vehicles are not allowed on the islands, so that horse carriages are the traditional transportation here.
Also a good route for cycling. No matter what the reason brings you there a scenery cruise on the Marmara Sea is relaxing. As usual the ferries are followed by sea gulls to get small sesame ring pieces from the generous passengers. The islands are home to pine trees and to wooden mansions along the route. Fried and stuffed mussels, French fries escorted by local beer are a must for a light lunch en route.