the Central Post
Office in Istanbul.
script) at the top.
What's the best time for a trip to Turkey?
Spring is the best time to visit Turkey, autumn is next, then
summer, last winter.
Spring (April, May,
is prime because the weather is moderate throughout
the country and the days are long.
(April can be rainy,
though.) This is high season for
Istanbul and Cappadocia,
with many boutique hotels fully booked, and prices at their highest. It's off-season for Aegean and
Mediterranean beach resorts.
Autumn (mid-September through October)
is second best with mostly
mild weather, but the days
are shorter, and rain may
begin again in October. This,
too, is high season for Istanbul and Cappadocia,
with many boutique
hotels heavily booked
at their highest prices. At beach resorts,
the water is still warm, crowds are
smaller, and prices lower.
Summer (mid-June, July, August,
is quite hot in five of Turkey's
seven distinct climatic
regions, though usually rainless, and
cool inland in the evenings. Seaside resorts
are crowded and prices are at their peak, but the
cities are less so—Istanbul is
a bargain, with smaller crowds and shorter lines
for admission to sights. Cappadocia is cheaper and
more comfortable as well.
Winter (November, December, January, February, March)
can be chill and rainy, with occasional
cold but sunny days, everywhere except the southeast,
which remains temperate, but lower prices and fewer
tourists are compensations. I often travel
to Turkey in March and November to benefit from the
lower prices, better availability of hotel rooms,
and lack of crowds.
Turkey has seven distinct weather
and climate zones. You need to know a bit about them in order to pack the right clothes. More...
Each month of the
Turkish year, month by
month, with climate,
holidays and special events. More...
days earlier every year, and
they will change travel patterns,
so you need to know about them. More...
Football finals, rock concerts, Formula
1 Grand Prix, film festivals—these
can fill hotels and make travel
difficult (if not impossible) for
Check the flights you might want to take. More...
to season, itinerary, and which of Turkey's climatic regions you'll be tarveling in. More...
times in other cities and countries
of the world. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan