October (Ekim) begins with very good weather averaging 20 degree celsius (68 fahrenheit) in coastal cities and 12 degrees Celsius (53 Fahrenheit) in inland cities, but the autumn rains may start 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 through October, though the chance of rain increases as the month progresses.
There may also be freak snowstorms in Central Anatolia, but overall this is a pretty good month to travel in Turkey.
Where to Travel in October in Turkey
October is officially the fall season in Turkey. Even though the days are shorter, it is the high season for individual travelers wanting to stay in boutique hotels in Istanbul and Cappadocia, so expect higher prices and reserve your rooms early!
While beaches will be mostly empty, swimming in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas is still possible, leaving the beach to lucky visitors. Antalya, Bodrum, Kaş, Kemer, Izmir, Istanbul, and Cappadocia are among the favorite choices of visitors.
Popular Activities in October
October is the time to farewell the hot summer days in Turkey. While the weather is suitable for swimming during the first half in coastal cities, it gets cold later. Popular activities during October include:
- Enjoying blue flag beaches of Antalya, Izmir, Çeşme and Bodrum (Specific to the region and until October 15th).
- Strolling through lively Aegean and Mediterranean cities, famous for their beauty.
- Taking tours of historical sites such as Ephesus, ruins of Side, the ncient city of Aspendos, Olimpos and more.
- Visiting Cappadocia and witnessing fall colors is also good if you don’t mind some crowds. You can ride hot air balloons, stay at authentic cave hotels and visit underground cities in this amazing region.
- Going hiking; the Black Sea region is especially famous for its beautiful landscapes.
Common Events, Festivals, and Holidays in October
While the weather gets colder as October progresses, there are many festivals to attend during this time. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is a good choice for Turkish cinema lovers. Many local coffee festivals also serve delicious Turkish Coffee and other international coffee types to celebrate International Coffee Day.
Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı, October 29th) is Turkey’s most important patriotic national holiday, commemorating the proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Atatürk in 1923. There are lots of parades and speeches, and a half-day public holiday on October 28th.
Percentage of Tourists in Turkey in October
While it is difficult to spot any local tourists, some international tourists still take advantage of the serenity of October. You can expect coastal cities and beaches to be empty, serving only a lucky few.
What to Know Before Traveling to Turkey in October
While the beginning of October is warm, the latter half is cold. This is especially true for inland cities in Anatolia with occasional snow storms. You will want to pack accordingly to accommodate the weather and pay attention to local forecasts before traveling.
Visit Turkey in October
October can be a great time to enjoy the serenity of coastal cities in Turkey. There are lots of good deals to travel to Turkey during this time. While you can swim in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions, you will want to wear a jacket in inland cities such as Istanbul and Cappadocia.
Pack according to local forecasts and the region you will be traveling to, and enjoy your trip without worry!