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October in Turkey

Last Updated on October 6, 2023

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.

 

Hotel Reservations in Turkey

 

 

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:

  • Strolling through lively Aegean and Mediterranean cities, famous for their beauty.

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. 

It is the opposite in Istanbul and Cappadocia, with individual travelers wanting to enjoy fall colors in these magical locations. 

 

Best Tours in Cappadocia, Turkey

 

 

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!

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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