Best time to visit Turkey
Turkey's shores, peaks and plateaux offer places and activities for every season - from culture to kayaks, sailing to skiing
With a 7,200km coastline and wildly varying terrain, the best time to visit Turkey depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. June to August is hot almost everywhere. The west and south coasts have mild winters, while central Anatolia is colder – as is Istanbul. Summer is great for activities like kayaking, rafting, canyoning or diving, but not so good for crowds at major cultural sites. Sunny spring and autumn days offer fine temperatures for walking and cycling.
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Festivals & events in Turkey
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Mevlana Festival (Konya) - December 10th-17th
A celebration of the whirling dervish orders founded by 13th century Sufi poet and mystic philosopher Jelaluddin Rumi - aka Mevlâna ('Our Guide'). A million people visit the vibrant city of Konya to witness days of dervish dancing and music, culminating in the major performance of unique trance-like forms on December 17 (the day Rumi died in 1273).
More about Turkey
Delve deep into our Turkey travel guide to discover what we rate & what we don’t to help you travel like a local.
Our Turkey map & itineraries page is designed to help you make the most of your time before you’ve set off.
Our top Turkey activities include sailing on traditional gulet boats, making the most of family activities and the old ways of walking.
A beguiling meeting place of East and West, Istanbul has the kind of mythical appeal that makes other cities jealous.
Gulet cruising vacations in Turkey take you back to the place where this elegant form of travel originated.
Exploring Turkey’s Cappadocia region, with its towering rock spires and vast underground cities, is a surreal experience.
President Erdogan declared 2019 the ‘year of Göbekli Tepe'.
For those in the know, Cirali on Turkey’s Antalya coast is something of a hidden gem.
From the Istanbul spice market to the vineyards of Cappadocia we run through which Turkish food and drink you should be eating on your trip.
Traveling in Turkey with kids is all about variety and adventure with plenty of both to be found on our dedicated page
Our Turkey travel advice comes straight from our friends in Turkey with plenty of seasonal suggestions too.
Responsible tourism in Turkey is definitely worth paying attention to, from battling overdevelopment to saving sea life
Our guide to safety in Turkey explores the current situation, with practical advice from operators we use.
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