Bozcaada is accessed by ferryboat from Geyikli. It is a popular local tourist destination for Turkish holidaymakers from Istanbul and Izmir.
With a population of just 2,354 it used to be a predominantly Greek island until 1924 when an exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey turned this into the Turkish island that it is today.
Fishing and tourism are the main incomes of the island with local grapes producing some half decent local wine. A wind farm produces all the electricity needed for the island with any excess power being transferred to the Turkish mainland.
Main attractions on the island are the castle which is located right by the sea and which dates back to Byzantine times. It is in exceptionally good condition and well worth a visit. Wandering around the cobbled streets gives you a feel for the distinctive architecture of the island homes and two main beaches are of a good size with excellent nearby facilities.
The waters of the Ayazma beach can be freezing cold even in the height of summer. This is due to freshwater discharges being released from under the seabed.