February in Turkey

Last Updated on January 12, 2024

February (Subat) is the last winter month in Turkey, with weather averaging minus degrees in inland cities and single-digit degrees in coastal cities. It is the perfect time to visit popular tourist spots since the crowds are light, hotel prices are good, and the sights and museums are not crowded.

Where to Travel in February?

February is the perfect time for visiting popular spots in Turkey. Cold weather means there are basically no crowds, and prices are super affordable compared to summer. Skiing on Mount Uludağ near Bursa, Mount Erciyes near Kayseri, and Palandöken near Erzurum is popular among tourists. 

Popular Activities in February

February is the perfect time for visiting ski resorts and popular spots in Turkey. The prices will be affordable, and the service will be amazing. Popular activities during February include:

  • February is the perfect time to see the wintry sceneries of Turkey, especially the snowy mountains of Bursa and Kayseri.  
  • Mardin, one of Turkey's cultural pearls, will also welcome visitors to dine and enjoy the scenery of a local town. 
  • Beach towns of the Aegean and Mediterranean regions will be empty leaving the scenery to the lucky few. So, you can enjoy a relaxing holiday across the amazing views. 
  • You can also get on the Touristic Eastern Express train ride through the snowy cities of Turkey, passing through Kayseri, Sivas, Erzurum, Kars, and more. 

It is also the ideal time to visit Cappadocia to see the breathtaking cliffs covered in snow, ride hot air balloons, stay at cave hotels, and visit underground cities.

Common Events, Festivals, and Holidays in February

There are only a few festivals during February since most winter festivals are in January. However, you can still spot some local festivals depending on the city you will be visiting. 

The most popular festival is Valentine's Day, celebrated by gifting chocolate and flowers in Turkey. You can also take advantage of the Valentine's Day deals in Turkish hotels and restaurants.

Percentage of Tourists in Turkey in February

February is the last month before spring, and most establishments will be preparing for the spring period. As a result, there are almost no tourists in Turkey, leaving the country to a lucky few.

What to Know Before Traveling to Turkey in February

February is forbiddingly cold, snowy, and icy in Eastern Turkey. Still, it's not a bad month to visit Southeastern Turkey, which is chilly now but blazing hot in summer.

In Istanbul and the other big cities, museums may be redoing some of their exhibits, and some small hotels may be closed for renovations. Still, plenty will be open and good to see and do.

Visit Turkey in February

February can be the perfect time for enjoying a winter holiday in Turkey, with low crowds, prices, and good deals! The weather is cold, yet the country is still as lively as ever, offering many activities to visitors. 

Take advantage of low crowds and visit the popular spots in Turkey. As always, remember to enjoy your trip.

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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