March in Turkey: Weather, etc.

MARCH (Mart, MAHRT)

Still rainy many days in much of the country, perhaps with some snow, though there may be some good periods on the south Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.

In Istanbul there may be some wet snow, or rain, or bright sunny days when the air may be brisk but the sun is warm and everyone heads outdoors for a stroll. I often travel to Istanbul and Cappadocia in March because boutique hotel rooms are more easily available, prices are lower, and crowds are smaller, with shorter lines to get into major attractions.

The flowers are blooming by mid- to late-March, and the Istanbul Tulip Festival may get under way.

The International Istanbul Film Festival begins in mid-March and lasts until mid-April.

Dolphins!

Toward the end of March, if the weather is moderate, you may be able to see the dolphins leaping and cavorting in the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus as they pass through Istanbul on their annual migration to the Black Sea.

Eastern Turkey

It’s still cold and snowy in the East, with some mountain passes closed.

 

—Tom Brosnahan


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