Marmara Islands

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Marmara Islands (Turkish: Marmara Adaları) are an archipelago in the Sea of Marmara (Turkey), located in its mid-west portion, near its exit to Aegean Sea (the Straits of Dardanelles) and off Kapıdağ Peninsula on the Asian coast.

Not to be confused with Princes' Islands, which are also a group of islands in the Sea of Marmara, a few miles off the Asian coast of Istanbul.

Islands

  • Marmara Island — major island of the group, mostly mountainous with windswept hills to north and pine forests to south
  • Avşa — most popular (and accordingly crowded) island with sandy beaches and vineyards
  • Paşalimani — a low-lying rural island with several villages along its amoeba-like coastline
  • Ekinlik — the smallest island, inhabited by locals with a conservative outlook

Towns

Other destinations

Understand

Marmara Islands constitute of four inhabited islands, namely Marmara Island, Avşa, Paşalimani, and Ekinlik, and a few more uninhabited islands, islets and rocks.

Marmara Islands are administerively a part of Balıkesir Province.

Talk

Turkish is the native language spoken in the islands.

Get in

Year-round boats which can accommodate cars from Tekirdağ (on the northern/European coast of the Sea of Marmara; costs 15 TL/person) and Erdek (on the southern/Asian coast of the Sea of Marmara). There are also pessenger-only fast ferries [1] from Istanbul during summer months, which cost 40 TL/person (or 30 TL/person with a slower ferry departing on Saturdays).

Get around

Most ferries which connect mainland to the islands call at almost all inhabited islands, so they can also be used for hopping island to island, although Paşalimanı and Ekinlik is served less frequently than Marmara and Avşa, at which practically all ferries call. You’ll have no problems on inter-island transportation once you get to the harbour of any given island.

See

All of the islands had significant local Greek populations up to 1920s, so some architectural heritage, such as historical houses or monasteries can be seen on the islands, if sometimes partially ruined.

Itineraries

Do

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

Contact

Islands’ telephone code is 266 (+90 266 when calling from out of Turkey).

Get out


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