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The district of Adalar, consisting of 9 islands in the Sea of Marmara, is located southeast of the Istanbul Strait, off the coasts of Maltepe and Kartal districts. The Adalar district is comprised of Büyükada, Heybeli, Kınalı, Burgaz, Yassi, and Sivr islands, gathered under one umbrella. It consists of a total of 9 islands, two of which are uninhabited (Sivriada and Tavşanadası), one currently vacant (Yassıada), and five open to settlement (Büyükada, Heybeli, Burgaz, Kınalı, Sedef). With an area of 11 km², it is one of Istanbul's smaller districts. Its population at the end of 2023 was 16,325.

Adalar, an important resort area of Istanbul, experiences a significant population increase during the summer season due to tourism activities. In addition to summer residents, there is also a surge in day trips, especially on weekends. Transportation to the islands is provided by city lines and sea buses departing from

Kabataş, Kadıköy, and Bostancı routes, as well as motorboat services from Maltepe and Kartal, and sea taxis. Within the islands, transportation is done on foot, by bicycle, or by horse-drawn carriages.

Places to visit in Adalar:

Rum Orphanage - Büyükada The Rum Orphanage on Büyükada is known to have served as an orphanage between 1903-1964. It is considered the largest wooden structure in Europe and the second-largest in the world.

Aya Yorgi Karipi Monastery - Burgazada The monastery has a deep historical background. It is first mentioned in history books in the second half of the 17th century. At that time, the Greek residents of Istanbul wanted to restore and strengthen this almost ruined monastery. The gold engravings and wooden carvings inside attract the attention of visitors.

Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum - Burgazada This museum is valuable as it was not only the home of one of the pioneers of Turkish short story writing, Sait Faik Abasıyanık, but also the place where he wrote many of his stories.

Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar Museum - Heybeliada This house, dedicated to one of the valuable writers of Turkish literature, Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar, is known as the place where he lived between 1912 and 1944 and wrote many of his significant works.

Theological School - Heybeliada Located on Ümit Hill, covered with pines in the northwest of Heybeliada, the pearl of Istanbul. This school was established in 1844 and served until 1971. The historical texture of the school and its unique view leave unforgettable moments for its visitors. The school is known as the main theological school of the Orthodox Church.

Değirmenburnu Beach - Heybeliada Located on the northern coast of Heybeliada, Değirmenburnu Beach is one of the second largest and most beautiful beaches on the island. Starting from the side of the Heybeliada Water Sports Club, it extends towards the sea. Situated within the Değirmenburnu Nature Park, this beach serves as an attraction for the public throughout the year.

Değirmenburnu Nature Park - Heybeliada Located in an exquisite spot in the north of Heybeliada. This natural beauty, with its walking trails, hosts many facilities. In addition to the beaches, nature lovers can immerse themselves in nature in picnic areas, escaping from the chaos and noise of the city.

Dilburnu Nature Park - Büyükada This place is ideal for those who want to be alone with nature and witness every shade of green. The red pine trees within the park create a green sea and offer visitors a peaceful tranquility. Declared as a nature park in 2011, Dilburnu Nature Park covers a vast area of 6.88 hectares.