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.
Where to Travel in September?
Swimming in the sea is still a good choice. However, crowds begin to move back to the cities as schools reopen and summer holidays come to an end. This makes Antalya, Bodrum, Kaş, Kemer, and Izmir good destinations to enjoy.
While coastal cities may have lower prices, it is the high season for Istanbul and Cappadocia. The individual tourists appear en masse again, filling boutique hotels, flights, and Cappadocian hot air balloons. So expect higher service prices, and reserve well in advance.
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:
- Enjoying blue flag beaches of Antalya, Bodrum, Kaş, Kemer, and Izmir
- Water sports such as surfing and rafting, famous in Manavgat, Antalya, Bodrum and surf capital of Europe; Çeşme
- Taking tours of world famous historical sites of Turkey in Ephesus, ruins of Side, Ancient city of Aspendos, Olimpos and more
- Attending festivals and local events
Events, Festivals, and Holidays in September in Turkey
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!