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Turkey is a classic Mediterranean destination, and combines the best of both Asia and Europe in terms of culture, history and weather.

Turkey’s wonderful Mediterranean climate makes it one of the best all season destinations in the region depending on one’s interests. Like similar climates and countries,  spring and fall are considered the best seasons to visit but summer and even winter are worthwhile considerations for those who may not be able to visit at other times of the year. ATJ’s travel specialists are uniquely qualified to help our travelers discover the best times of year to visit Turkey based on one’s interests. 

March | April | May

Temperate and pleasant throughout the entire country. Spring ushers in perfect coastal weather with sunny, clear skies and warming water temperatures while Turkey’s interior is ideal for visiting the country’s countless ancient cities and historical sites.

June | July | August

The driest time of year with the lowest precipitation amounts, early summer gives way to hot and humid weather especially along the northern coast including Istanbul while other areas of the country are much more temperate and very popular with locals including the western and southern coasts. Turkey’s interior features more of a continental climate with warm to hot mid-day temperatures with mostly pleasant morning and late afternoon hours which are the ideal times of day for sightseeing for those who visit during the height of the summer.

September | October | November

Similar to other Mediterranean countries, the fall is the best time of year to visit along with spring and early summer. Warm early fall temperatures give way to beautiful fall weather beginning in mid-September through early to mid-November.  Warmer waters and pleasant sunny days make for great coastal and sailing weather along Turkey’s fabled Turquois Coast especially in early fall.

December | January | February

Cooler and wet weather typify Turkey’s coastal areas including Istanbul where the rare winter storm may bring short lived snow flurries but little in the way of accumulation.  Interior areas range from cold and snowy to drier and warmer desert areas and microclimates. The winter can be an interesting and rewarding time of year especially for those who enjoy having some of the world’s great historic sites to themselves. Hot air ballooning above snow dusted Cappadocia may be one of the most beautiful views in the world.

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