When to go
to Turkey?

You still don't know when to go to Turkey or what to put in your suitcase?

This year it's decided, you're going to Asia Minor. Climate, temperatures, tourist frequentation: we tell you everything so that you can consciously choose the date of your trip …

WHAT'S THE CLIMATE IN TURKEY?

Straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey is a grandiose territory offering an impressive range of landscapes. Bordered by the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean, the country is also in the middle of two large mountain ranges, to the north and south.

These contrasts mean that Turkey's climate can vary greatly from one region to another. For example, if you choose to stay in Antalya or Bodrum on the Mediterranean coast, the climate varies easily, so you may not have the same temperatures as you would on the Black Sea or in the heart of Anatolia.

In the north of the country, the climate is rather similar to what you are used to in southern Europe. Temperatures are rather mild with a hot and humid climate in summer and a more temperate climate in winter. In the seaside resorts of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, temperatures are the same as in other popular beach holiday destinations, such as Antalya and Bodrum.

The climate is very favourable at any time of the year, i.e. temperatures are generally 25 °C and over 30 °C in summer, and in mild winters the thermometer rarely drops below 10 °C. Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for travelling to Turkey. The interior of the country offers a continental climate, with very hot and dry summers during the day, but the nights offer cooler temperatures, depending on the time of day, and harsh winters.

What's the time difference in Turkey?

You will have to advance your watch by one hour when you disembark in Antalya: when it is 12:00 in Paris, it is 1:00 in Turkey in the summer. As the country does not switch to winter time, the time difference is 2 hours from October to March. Most French tourists often manage to get used to the time difference.

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WHEN TO GO TO TURKEY TO ENJOY THE JOYS OF SWIMMING?

If for you, holidays are synonymous with relaxing on the beach, swimming and water activities, then you may be wondering when to go to Turkey to live your passions to the fullest.

Whether you decide to pack your bags in Bodrum, on the Aegean coast, or in Antalya, the tourist city par excellence in the Mediterranean, we advise you to take your tickets between June and September. Temperatures are ideal both in the water and on the beach. Avoid exposing yourself for too long during the early afternoon hours: the sun's rays are fierce.

The activities are also in full swing, giving you the opportunity to take a cruise to the Düden Falls or get a rush of adrenaline on a rafting trip down the Köprülü Canyon. You can also soak up the sun in the old town and cool off with a delicious Turkish ice cream when the temperatures are warm.

The flip side of leaving in the middle of summer is that you may find it difficult to put your towel on the beach, given the large crowds. If you want to bathe in pleasant temperatures, but enjoy a calmer climate, prefer the months of June or September instead!

Skiing in Turkey: when to go?

Hard to believe, but Turkey has about thirty ski resorts, including a few kilometers from Antalya! The resort of Saklikent opens from mid-December to early April, which means you can ski and enjoy the sea in the same day if you travel in low season.

WHEN TO LEAVE FOR A PEACEFUL VACATION?

Do you like sightseeing and dream of a nice holiday in the sun without the crowds? When to go to Turkey in low season? The regions around Antalya and Bodrum are already worth discovering from March onwards to watch the spring blooms, without you having to fight to take a selfie in front of the highlights. Autumn is also a good time for off-season tourism, as it is the ideal season for those who want to enjoy mild temperatures and a change of scenery before the onset of winter. Beyond November, however, the climate can cool down considerably, especially inland, and there may even be snow.

The city of Antalya has many archaeological sites to visit. The city seems to have frozen in time with its picturesque old town and port. Also called the Turkish Riviera, Antalya has modernized while preserving the remains of Kaleici. It is also the place in Turkey where you can go for a hike through the wilderness. Also take a tour to the Taurus Mountains, where you can enjoy a magnificent panorama. After this invigorating walk, many beaches offer a heavenly landscape to the city of Antalya.

Bodrum is also a very famous city in Turkey. If you are wondering where to go to party in Turkey, this is the place to be! Nicknamed the "Turkish Saint Tropez", Bodrum wakes up at nightfall. There are many bars, restaurants and nightclubs to keep partygoers happy. Now that you have a better idea of when to go to Turkey, put down your holidays quickly and already dream of your future holidays in the sun!

Bodrum, museum city

Bodrum is not just a city in Turkey for spending unforgettable evenings. This city is a real place of culture and history. The mausoleum of Halicarnassus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a discovery not to be missed! f you prefer museums, you can visit the museum of underwater archaeology located in the former Saint-Pierre castle.

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