Turkey is a country that has everything you might want from a vacation destination, including a rich history and exciting outdoor activities, but nonetheless still manages to be left off of many travelers’ must-see lists.
The varied landscape will amaze and enchant you with its wild coastlines, bustling city of Istanbul, immense deserts, and mysterious “fairy chimneys.”
Because of its varied topography, the best time to visit is determined by your intended activities and destinations. Despite the area’s reputation as a summer getaway, the mountains are stunning when covered in snow.
When to Visit Turkey?
Read on to learn when is the best season to visit Turkey, whether you want to experience a European winter wonderland or learn about the rich history of Istanbul. Check out this guide in case you need an urgent visa for Turkey.
From March to May
In Turkey, the best time to go is in the spring, when the weather is mild and the days are long. In March, April, and May, you will find ideal weather for exploring the country’s many archaeological sites. By April, the parks and gardens will be filled with hundreds of brightly colored tulips.
Istanbul and Cappadocia are particularly popular during this time due to the pleasant weather. There is a dramatic increase in both demands for, and the cost of, boutique hotels. You should plan ahead if you want to visit these cities during these months.
Summers: June to September
During the summer months (June–September), Turkey experiences very high temperatures, making it an ideal destination for sunbathing on the Turquoise Coast or swimming in the Mediterranean. Even though the weather is ideal for getting a tan, exploring the ancient ruins might be unpleasant due to the lack of cover.
This time of year is also the busiest for cruise ships visiting seaside hotels. Ephesus and other famous ancient sites get crowded, so it’s better to schedule your visit at a less popular time of year.
If you can stand the heat, summer is the best time to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia, as both offer lower prices and shorter lineups at major attractions. Cappodocia is especially lovely during the spring when the countryside is awash in color from the blooming flowers.
The fall season is also a great time to go sightseeing. Early in September can still be quite warm, but by the middle of the month, the weather has begun to cool and become more like early spring. The days are slightly shorter and the likelihood of precipitation is increased, but otherwise, nothing much changes.
There is less traffic and lower prices on the Turquoise Coast. Boutique hotels in popular travel destinations like Istanbul, however, nevertheless command a heftier price tag. If staying at a hotel on the Mediterranean coast is high on your list of priorities, you should plan your trip so that you arrive at the region no later than the first week of October.
And at the end of October, Cappodocia hosts the International Festival of Wine for all you vino aficionados out there. There will be numerous opportunities to sample wines from local wineries. There will be fireworks to celebrate Republic Day at the conclusion of the month of October.
December to February
Winters in Turkey can be frigid and wet, despite the country’s warm reputation. Snowfall is common, and it often results in the breathtaking scenery. Because of the cooler temperatures, there are fewer tourists in town.
Check out these top places to visit in Turkey in the winter season.
If you can stand the chill, the off-season is when you’ll find the greatest rates, the fewest crowds, and the most accommodation availability. In fact, you may be able to cut your travel expenses by as much as 75%.