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.
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
The flowers are blooming by mid- to
late-March, and the Istanbul Tulip Festival may get under way.
The International Istanbul Film
in mid-March and lasts until mid-April.
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
still cold and snowy in
with some mountain passes closed.
sunny day brings
out the crowds to the tea houses
near the Ortaköy Mosque
on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.