An island of the type that everyone fantasises always, that's Kekova. I got there on a 'gület', a beautiful wooden boat which is typical of ancient Lycian Coast. I got on at the Kaleköy port, which is less than an hour from Kas, and sailed all day through the clear, warm shallow waters of this Lycian paradise. This area of the coast is dotted with uninhabited islands with ruins that are over 3000 years old. Most impressive is the Sunken City, a Lycian city submerged under water. Kekova is the largest island on the Lycian Coast and is an earthly paradise. It has a small harbor with wooden wharves, simple stone houses, vines, fig trees, a couple of bars by the sea, and incredible carpet shops. The island has a medieval fortress and and an amazing amount of Lycian sarcophagi are scattered across its arid slopes. As the island lost in time, its few inhabitants don't seem to be from this era. All are older, looking like they are 100 years old. Men nap in the shade of the fig trees, women sell bouquets of thyme and lavender sachets. While they talk, or sit in silence, they are always crocheting.
Prince or Adalar Islands are a part of Istanbul, Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara. They are composed of nine islands, the largest being Büyükada. They have a total population of 14,072 inhabitants (2008). During the Byzantine period, royals were exiled to the islands, giving them their current name. During the nineteenth century the islands became a center of wealth for Istanbul. Today, the islands are a popular tourist destination for a day trip via ferry from Istanbul. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on most of the islands. Visitors can explore the islands on foot, by bicycle, horse-drawn carriages, or on donkeys. A convent in Prinkipo was the place of exile of the Byzantine Empresses Irene, Euphrosyne, Zoe and Ana Dalasena. Leon Trotsky spent some time in here too.
Buyukada is one of the largest of the 9 islands that make up the Princes' Islands. You can get there by taking a ferry from Istanbul. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island, but you can walk, ride a donkey or even take a buggy.