Tom’s Turkish Travel Almanac

My month-by-month account of weather, holidays, festivals, special events, and the best places to be when you travel in Turkey. (Or see my short list of national holidays.)

January
February
March

April
May
June

July
August
September

October
November
December

JANUARY

It’s rainy and cold everywhereEastern Turkey is in the icy grip of winter; Ankara and the rest of Central Anatolia may be covered in snow. More…

FEBRUARY

Rainy, chilly and cheerless, but there’s skiing on Mount Uludağ near Bursa, Mount Erciyes near Kayseri, and Palandöken near ErzurumMore…

MARCH

Still rainy many days in much of the country, perhaps with some snow, though there may be some good periods on the south Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. More…

APRIL

April can be delightful, but the farmers depend on it for rain, and in the mountainous East it’s still cold. Foreign tourists flock to the cities. More…

MAY

May usually brings perfect weather throughout the country, with long sunny days and little chance of rain. Though May is the perfect time to take a Blue Voyage yacht cruise or visit the torrid Southeast, it’s still chilly in the central-east and northeast. This is one of the busiest months for individual tourists wanting boutique hotels. More…

JUNE

The weather is perfect throughout the country, with long days, but it gets hot as June progresses. There is little rain except along the Black Sea coast. Good time to be on a Blue Voyage yacht cruiseMore…

JULY

The weather is hot, the sky is blue, the sea is warm, and the cities empty out to the beaches, which are crowded with vacationers both Turkish and foreign, including Blue Voyage yacht cruises, which are most expensive now. Life in the cities is less crowded. More…

AUGUST

It’s hot and sunny all month, and very crowded at the beach resorts. This is the best time to be in Eastern Turkey, when the weather is fine and crowds are smaller than along the western beaches; but the Southeast is blazing hot: avoid going there now if you can. More…

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SEPTEMBER

The weather is still hot and fine, moderating a bit towards the end of the month, and Blue Voyage yacht cruises come down in price. Swimming is still good and the crowds are still in evidence. Boutique hotels begin to fill up again. More…

OCTOBER

The month begins with very good weather, but the rains usually begin sometime in mid- or late October. There may also be freak snowstorms in Central Anatolia. Even so, individual travelers throng the cities. More…

NOVEMBER

The weather can be pleasant, with cool to warm days and chilly nights, but you play cat and mouse with the rain. Swimming may still be possible and pleasant along the Mediterranean coast—or not (especially later in the month). If your luck holds, you can have a marvellous late-year beach vacation. More…

DECEMBER

The weather is chilly throughout the country, though milder along the Mediterranean coast. You must expect some rain, perhaps heavy. More…

—by Tom Brosnahan


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