you happen to travel in Turkey
during Ramazan and/or Ramazan
enjoy this special time, but be aware
of how it may affect your travel
are the dates of Ramazan.
Hours of Operation
Some businesses and offices may
have shorter working hours,
so check times in advance. Museums and other sights of interest will
be open, although opening hours may
be somewhat different than in other
times of year.
Dining During the Day
In the larger cities there are always restaurants open all day for your needs and for the needs of Turks who do not observe the fast.
In small towns, it's best to be prepared with your own picnic lunch and drinks in case the few local eateries are closed for lack of customers.
Non-Muslims are not expected to fast, so there is no shame in eating and drinking during daylight, though it's polite to be considerate of others. If others are dining inside rather than at a sidewalk table, that's the considerate thing to do.
İftar and Dinner
Several hours after İftar, the light breaking-of-the-fast meal just after sunset, restaurant may serve only
large multi-course fixed-menu,
fixed-price meals, and you may be required to reserve your table in advance. Dining with friends and family is a favorite social and celebratory activity during the holy month.
Some restaurants may decline to serve alcoholic beverages during these big evening dinners, though they may become available after the majority of diners have finished their meals and left the restaurant.
be heaviest just before sunset
as people travel to spend İftar,
the fast-breaking meal, with family
may close in the afternoon in
preparation for the three-day holiday
known in Turkey as Ramazan
(or Şeker Bayramı)
which begins at sunset.
Transport services may be particularly
busy as people travel for vacation,
so reserve your seats in advance.
At the end of Ramazan
may be busy as travelers return home. More...
Ramazan in Summer
of Ramazan, when observant
Muslims choose to fast and go without
drinking anything from sunrise
to sunset as a spiritual exercise, change each year,
moving approximately 11 days earlier. This means that the Islamic holy
month falls in all seasons at one
time or another.
days Ramazan falls in summer,
when days are relatively long and
Because of the heat, and the abstinence from eating and drinking liquids all day, some of those fasting may become
a bit "touchy"
or irritable during the day. It's
called Ramazan kafası ("Ramazan
Keep in mind the challenges
of the fast when dealing with those
who are fasting, be understanding,
tolerant and polite in all circumstances
and, whenever possible, try to refrain
from eating or drinking directly in
front of those who may be observing
—by Tom Brosnahan