October in Turkey: Weather, etc.

OCTOBER (Ekim, eh-KEEM)

The month begins with very good weather, but the autumn rains may begin sometime in mid- or late October.

Beach vacations are still easily possible, particularly along the Mediterranean shore in the first half of October, and perhaps even through October, though the chance of rain increases as the month goes on.

There may also be freak snowstorms in Central Anatolia, but overall this is not too bad a month to travel in Turkey.

Even so, and even though the days are shorter, this is high season for individual travelers wanting to stay in boutique hotels in Istanbul and Cappadocia, so expect higher prices, and reserve your rooms early!

The International Istanbul Biennial art exhibition begins on 16 September and continues through October to 12 November in 2018 in IstanbulMore…

Republic Day (Cumhuriyet BayramıOctober 29), is Turkey’s most important patriotic national holiday, commemorating the proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Atatürk in 1923. Lots of parades and speeches. There’s a half-day holiday on October 28 in anticipation.

Istanbul’s new mega-airport is scheduled to inaugurated on October 29, with service switching from the old Atatürk Airport by early NovemberMore…


Autumn colors in Cappadocia

Use this handy hotel search box to check room rates and availability anywhere in Turkey in October:

—by Tom Brosnahan


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