When is the best time to go to Turkey: seasonal itineraries, event calendar and Turkey travel guidelines
Turkey is a country that you can visit at any time of the year. Find out the best time for a Turkey holiday packages, national holidays and Turkey travel warning
Turkey is a country rich in tourist locations, it has everything: the sea, mountains, historical buildings, sights, oriental flavor, rich culture and delicious cuisine. Therefore, no matter what time of the year a tourist decides to visit Turkey, there is always something to see and where to go.
Due to the diversity of landscapes, the regions of Turkey are not alike. Big cities attract tourists with a rich cultural program and active life, while in small towns and villages bright festivals are held, dedicated to the harvest period of local cultures: olives, grapes, apricots or artichokes.
Before planning a trip to Turkey, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the rules for obtaining a visa to the country. Citizens of more than 100 countries can enjoy all the sights of Turkey without strict visa restrictions.
The period of national holidays in Turkey
The population of Turkey practices Islam. The most important holidays in the country are Kurban Bayram and Ramazan Bayram. The dates of the celebration are determined by the lunar calendar, so they change every year. Usually, Ramazan-Bayram falls on the end of April-May, and Kurban-Bayram is celebrated on the 70th day after Ramazan-Bayram. During this period, the number of tourists in Turkey increases sharply, and with it, the prices for tourist services. Also, some small businesses may be closed on holidays.
High season: from June to August
Summer is the best period for a beach vacation in Turkey. At this time, all connoisseurs of the sea and the sun, both foreigners and local residents, flock to the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. We recommend booking a summer trip to Turkey in advance, especially if you plan to visit one of the country's most popular resorts.
In addition to beach holidays, summer in Turkey hosts many lively open-air festivals and exhibitions on the seaside or in historic amphitheatres.
Also, this is a great period for exploring the highlands of the country. In the historical center of Turkey - Istanbul or in the most romantic region of the country - Cappadocia, it can be quite hot in the summer.
April-May and September-October are the time for educational tourism
Spring and autumn are best for sightseeing in Turkey, attending cultural events and hiking.
During this period, good weather persists almost anywhere in the country: the temperature is high enough to take a comfortable walk and sit in an open-air cafe.
In Istanbul and other large cities, this period is rich in cultural events and artistic activities.
In early fall, it's still warm enough for a beach vacation, especially along the Mediterranean coast. There are significantly fewer tourists than in the summer, because many families with children are returning home because the school holidays are already over.
Low season: from November to March
Winter is the high season for ski resorts, but other tourist areas have far fewer visitors and much lower prices. Of course, the weather can be gloomy, but Turkey has a lot to entertain and warm the tourist: numerous museums, palaces and exhibitions will not let you get bored. You can warm up in the Turkish bath - hammam. A cozy evening can be spent in a meyhane (tavern) or ocakbas (grill bar).
Turkish tea and coffee, roasted chestnuts, warm pastries will impress every tourist.
Those who plan a trip to the winter sea should take into account that the weather will be quite mild, but there may be restrictions in the transport schedule and some establishments and cafes may be closed.
You can find out more about winter holidays in Turkey, as well as traditional dishes for the cold season, by following the link.
Calendar of events and weather in Turkey
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