Turkey at a Glance: Best Time to Visit
Recommended time to visit: Spring from March - May and autumn from September - November come between the bitterly cold winter months and the scorching summer. Temperatures are warm and pleasant at this time of year.
Want to know more about Turkey? Check out our latest blog posts
Less popular time to visit: There is no bad time to visit Istanbul, but the further east you go the hotter it gets in summer, with temperatures in July and August reaching 40 degrees Centigrade. The winter months from November - February see the most rainfall.
Best time for beaches: Temperatures at the coast are high from May - October, though to avoid the crowds you may wish to plan your trip around the school holidays in July and August.
Best time to pay your respects: Australians and New Zealanders who wish to pay their respects at ANZAC Cove and the surrounding areas may wish to visit Gallipoli on ANZAC Day (25 April), when the Dawn Service and other events take place to honour the war dead.
Anything to be aware of? Turkey is a largely Muslim country, and during Ramadan (between March and May depending on the year), some shops, restaurants and the like may be closed during the day. But the country comes alive at night as people break their fasts.