July in Turkey

Last Updated on April 8, 2024

July (Temmuz) may be the most beautiful time to visit Turkey. During this month, The weather is hot, averaging 28°C (82.4°F) the sky is blue, and the sea is warm. As a result, Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are crowded with Turkish and foreign vacationers, including Blue Voyage yacht cruises, which are more popular than ever.

Where to Travel in July?

Cities along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts with pristine beaches, world-famous hotels, and resorts are the most popular choices for travelers, offering a lively experience. Antalya, İzmir, Bodrum, and Kemer are among the most popular options. 

July is also one of the best months to tour Eastern Turkey, which has pleasant weather compared to the coastline cities. 

Popular Activities in July

As the weather gets hot, averaging 28°C(82.4°F), the beaches are the main attraction for many offering a chance to relax in the warm waters of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. The most popular activities in July include:

  • The weather is perfect for a relaxing day on the beach so take advantage of your time to enjoy the blue flag beaches of Antalya, Izmir, Çeşme, and Bodrum. 
  • With warm waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, go for water sports such as windsurfing and rafting. These sports are especially popular in Manavgat, Antalya, Bodrum, and the windsurfing capital of Europe; Çeşme.
  • If you enjoy spending the evening in a city, consider taking a stroll through one of the beautiful and vibrant Aegean or Mediterranean cities.
  • Turkey is also popular for its long and rich history. Take your time exploring historical sites like Ephesus, the ruins of Side, the ancient city of Aspendos, Olimpos, and more. 

Common Events, Festivals, and Holidays in July

There are many festivals to experience during the lively summer period in Turkey, with each city offering its local festival to visitors all around the world. Kuşadası Gençlik Festivali is one of the most well-known festivals during this period. 

Also, the International Istanbul Jazz Festival keeps brightening Istanbul's nights during the first two weeks in July.

Percentage of Tourists in Turkey in July

When you travel to Turkey in July, you will first notice the bustling and vibrant streets because July has the peak number of travelers in Turkey, especially in coastal cities. 

What to Know Before Traveling to Turkey in July

July is the high season in Turkey, so you will need to plan well and book your reservations beforehand. Prices may be higher compared to winter months and cities more crowded. However, you can still enjoy the sandy beaches of Turkey. 

Visit Turkey in July

July is among the most popular times to visit Turkey's pristine beaches, hotels, and coastal cities. The temperature is warm, and the sea is welcoming. 

As Turkey is bustling with people during this period, remember to plan well and book your hotel, airfare, and tours beforehand. Enjoy!


—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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