In centuries past, the Prince Islands was a place where out-of-favor princes and other royalty were exiled to. Today, the nine islands are a place to celebrate fun in the sun, as it’s a resort for wealthy Turks. Just a short ferry ride away from Istanbul, the islands represent a slower pace of life, with bicycles, horses and carts providing the only transport services. The largest island is Buyukada, once home to exiled Byzantine empresses as well as Leon Trotsky following his 1929 deportation from the Soviet Union. Besides Victorian cottages, the island is home to the Ayia Yorgi Church and Monastery that was founded in the sixth century.