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!
Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı, October 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.
Use this handy hotel search box to check room rates and availability anywhere in Turkey in October:
—by Tom Brosnahan