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When to Visit Turkey

Visitors to Turkey would do well to remember that the best time to go there is during the spring. The next best season for tourists would be autumn, then summer. The least favored season for travelers is winter, though you will still be able to find gratifying activities to make your stay worthwhile.

Spring in Turkey begins in April and lasts until the middle of June. During this time the weather is moderate, and days are longer than nights.

If you plan to visit Cappadocia or Istanbul during spring, it’s best to book your trip early because it is peak season for both places, and most boutique hotels are usually fully booked. Air fares are also priced higher than usual, so it would be good to compare rates before getting your tickets.

Turkish autumns begin in the middle of September and last up to October. The weather is mild, but the days are shorter, and it usually starts to rain by October. Most boutique hotels at Cappadocia and Istanbul are still fully booked at this point, but you can check out beach resorts where there are fewer people and the rates are lower.

From the middle of June through the middle of September, the country experiences summer. Tourists usually flock to seaside resorts because the weather is quite hot – the temperatures in the country can get beyond 30 °C (86 °F) during the day. At this time, Istanbul receives fewer visitors than usual; the rates at Cappadocia are also low.

Wintertime in the country starts in November and ends in March. The plateau gets the most severe temperatures in the country, reaching up to –30 °C to –40 °C (–22 °F to –40 °F) at the eastern part of the country. In the west, the temperatures get below 1 °C (34 °F).

During this time, only the southeast part of the country remains temperate while the rest is chilly and rainy. There are some sunny but cold days.

The prices for accommodations and fares are lower in winter, and it is easier to find good rooms.