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.)
It's rainy and cold everywhere. Eastern
Turkey is in the icy grip of winter; Ankara and
the rest of Central
Anatolia may be covered in snow. More...
Rainy, chilly and cheerless,
but there's skiing on
Mount Uludağ near Bursa,
Mount Erciyes near Kayseri,
and Palandöken near Erzurum. More...
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 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 usually brings perfect
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...
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 cruise. More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
The weather is chilly throughout the country,
though milder along the Mediterranean coast.
You must expect some rain, perhaps heavy. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan
page from a 1908 train
and travel guide to
Constantinople, Turkey, Egypt