September in Turkey

Last Updated on September 14, 2023

September (Eylül) is the beginning of the fall season in Turkey. While most local and international tourists have left Turkey by this time, the weather is still hot, averaging 77 F (25 C), moderating a bit towards the end of the month. 

You can still enjoy the warm sea and take long walks along the beach. Plus, most places will be emptier and the prices lower as local tourism also drops. Even the Blue Voyage yacht cruises start to come down in price a little.

Popular Activities in September

The weather is as hot as ever, yet not scorching hot during the daytime nor chilly during the nighttime. This makes coastal towns perfect for taking long walks and enjoying the beach. You can even swim during this time. The most popular activities in September include:

Visiting Cappadocia and witnessing fall colors is also good, though still a bit crowded, you can ride hot air balloons, stay at cave hotels and visit underground citie

Events, Festivals, and Holidays in September in Turkey

The Izmir Fair crowds the city's hotels in mid-September. The 9th is Izmir's Day of Liberation (1922) in the Turkish War of Independence, with commemorations and speeches. 

Antalya Food Festival is also held during September offering international and traditional delights to foodies.

Percentage of Tourists in Turkey in September

September is the last chance to enjoy and say farewell to the summer holidays in Turkey. Most tourists have already left the country, leaving vacant streets and beaches to lucky visitors. It is the perfect time for having a relaxing end-of-summer vacation in Turkey.

What to Know Before Traveling to Turkey in September

While daytime temperatures can be hot, nights often are more comfortable with a light jacket. 

September is the perfect time for enjoying the coastal cities at a lower cost and fewer crowds. You may want to avoid inland tourist destinations such as Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Travel to Turkey in September

While September is the beginning of fall, the weather is still hot, and the country is as welcoming as ever. Many visitors looking for a relaxing journey prefer to visit Turkey in September. 

While finding hotels and affordable deals during this time is easier, book your hotel in advance and remember to enjoy your trip!

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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