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Best time to visit Turkey

Our verdict

The best time to visit Turkey is March-April

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Turkey such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, March-April is the best time of year to go.

In summer, the average maximum temperature in Istanbul climbs to around 28℃ (82℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 30℃ (86℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 2℃ (36℉) in Istanbul. Other destinations in Turkey can sometimes get even colder than this, so if you’re planning on visiting a few different places, make sure you check out the climate comparison table below.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Turkey, you’re most likely to get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around July. The wet season in Turkey falls around December, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in August instead.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Turkey below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

July

Turkey seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Turkey is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Turkey

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AnkaraMarch-April
4℃
-3℃
7℃
-1℃
11℃
1℃
17℃
5℃
22℃
10℃
26℃
14℃
30℃
17℃
30℃
18℃
25℃
14℃
19℃
10℃
13℃
4℃
7℃
-0℃
AntalyaApril-May
12℃
8℃
13℃
9℃
16℃
10℃
19℃
13℃
23℃
17℃
28℃
21℃
31℃
24℃
32℃
25℃
28℃
21℃
24℃
18℃
19℃
14℃
14℃
10℃
BodrumApril
14℃
11℃
14℃
12℃
16℃
13℃
18℃
15℃
22℃
18℃
26℃
22℃
29℃
24℃
29℃
25℃
26℃
23℃
23℃
20℃
19℃
16℃
15℃
13℃
FethiyeSeptember-November
11℃
7℃
13℃
7℃
15℃
9℃
18℃
12℃
22℃
15℃
26℃
20℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
27℃
20℃
23℃
17℃
18℃
13℃
14℃
9℃
IstanbulApril
9℃
5℃
10℃
6℃
12℃
7℃
15℃
10℃
21℃
15℃
26℃
20℃
28℃
22℃
28℃
23℃
24℃
20℃
19℃
16℃
16℃
13℃
11℃
8℃
IzmirSeptember
11℃
6℃
13℃
7℃
16℃
8℃
20℃
11℃
24℃
16℃
29℃
20℃
32℃
22℃
33℃
22℃
28℃
19℃
23℃
15℃
18℃
12℃
13℃
8℃
OludenizSeptember
10℃
2℃
13℃
3℃
16℃
6℃
22℃
12℃
26℃
16℃
30℃
20℃
31℃
22℃
31℃
21℃
28℃
19℃
22℃
13℃
16℃
7℃
13℃
4℃
PamukkaleMay
8℃
0℃
10℃
2℃
14℃
4℃
18℃
7℃
23℃
11℃
27℃
15℃
32℃
18℃
32℃
18℃
27℃
15℃
21℃
11℃
16℃
6℃
10℃
2℃
TrabzonOctober-November
9℃
5℃
10℃
5℃
11℃
6℃
14℃
8℃
18℃
12℃
22℃
16℃
24℃
19℃
24℃
19℃
22℃
17℃
19℃
14℃
15℃
10℃
11℃
7℃
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Top FAQs

Turkey is in Middle East.
The warmest month of the year in Istanbul, one of the most popular places to visit in Turkey, is August.
The driest month of the year in Istanbul, Turkey, is usually around August each year.

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