MARCH (Mart, MAHRT)
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.
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.
It’s still cold and snowy in the East, with some mountain passes closed.