Summer In Turkey: Weather, What To Expect & Where To Go

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Written by our local expert Nicky

Nicky, originally from the UK, is now a local in Turkey. She moved to Marmaris, Türkiye for love 12 years ago and is now your Turkey travel planner.

Spending the last 12 summers in Turkey has taught me a thing or two about its unbeatable summer vibe. Think of the endless sun, the blinding blue of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, and the beaches that make you forget that time exists.

If you’re plotting your summer escape, Turkey’s coastlines are the place to be. From the lively streets of Bodrum to the hidden gems in Antalya, I’ve gathered all the essentials on the weather, what to expect, and the top places to visit in Turkey this summer.

It’s the ultimate blend of relaxation, adventure, and scenes that stick with you long after the sunburn fades. Ready for a summer to remember? Turkey’s waiting.

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A Guide To Turkey In Summer

Do you remember when you were younger, and you used to play outside during the summer school holidays? You’d probably come back inside after your parents shouted at you, covered in mud and dirt and a little sunburnt. 

When you got in the shower or bath, your skin stung just a little from the sun, but you were smiling because you had a fantastic day. Well, that’s basically what summer in Turkey is like, minus the mud.

There is absolutely zero chance of ever getting bored; there is far too much to see and do, and if you prefer to chill on a sun-lounger, go for it! It’s one of those situations where you walk around in flip-flops and shorts, always have a beach towel in your bag, and you really don’t care what your hair or makeup is doing.

It’s total freedom.

Now, Türkiye is extremely popular during the summer months, particularly in the south coast resorts. That doesn’t mean you can’t visit other parts of the country during the summer; there is definitely enough to see! But most people want to be close to the beaches, so let’s concentrate our attention there.

In this blog, I’ll discuss exactly what you can expect from a summer break in Türkiye, no matter how long you’re going for. If you’re like me, you’ll end up adding on extra days when you’re supposed to leave because you can’t drag yourself away.

What You Can Expect This Summer In Turkey

Nicky wearing a hat is walking down a set of stairs in Türkiye in summer

I’ve set the scene a little, but let’s dig into specifics.

Firstly, Türkiye is busy during the summer months. By ‘summer months,’ I’m talking between the middle of June and the first week of September. The peak summer months are July and August, but it’s pretty busy overall from June until the end of September.

You’ll find higher prices and more crowds in July and August, which coincides with the hottest temperatures: more on that shortly.

Personally, I love June. It’s very warm, but evenings are just ever-so-slightly cooler. It’s still really busy, but you can walk around without having to change directions every five seconds. September is the same. However, some people have no choice but to travel during the peak months, either because of school holidays or job reasons.

Old ruins in Side, Turkey at sunset

Rest assured that no matter where you go in the summer, there will be endless sun and pretty much zero chance of rain. In fact, at some point, you might wish for some just to cool down—but only for five minutes.

The majority of Türkiye’s annual visitors arrive in the summer months, so from that description, you can guess that it’s more tourism-focused than authentic-focused. That being said, you can easily find a more traditional way of life if you venture slightly away from tourist restaurants and bars.

Even resorts like Marmaris and Kusadasi, famed for their British and European focus during the hottest months of the year, have very traditional areas. If you want some advice on where to go in your specific resort, ask the hotel staff; they’ll be more than happy to share some secrets.

As far as food goes, I’d really recommend you go to a local Turkish restaurant and not just stick to pizza, pasta, steak, and chicken in the beachfront restaurants. Turkish food should not be missed!

If you’re a little put off by your resort being too international and not ‘Turkish’ enough, there are some areas that don’t have this issue. Akyaka is a small, traditional town that is around 20 minutes drive from Marmaris, and it’s a lot more authentic there. Similarly, Alaçatı and Çeşme, both close to Izmir, are great choices if you prefer a more traditional place to go.

A collection of boats parked on one of the best beaches in Antalya - Suluada Beach


Overall, what can you expect from summer in Turkey? Let’s break it down:

  1. Sun, and lots of it
  2. Heat, and plenty of that too
  3. Not much chance of rain
  4. Crowds if you go during the peak months
  5. A vibrant atmosphere
  6. Amazing beaches
  7. There is an addictive vibe in the air; trust me, you really won’t want to leave
  8. Amazing food
  9. Friendly locals and plenty of chances to meet other international visitors
  10. High prices during July and August, but the opportunity to find a bargain outside of those months

Regular visitors to Türkiye often start planning their following year’s trip once they return home. It’s that addictive. I mean, how do you think I ended up living in Turkey?

Let’s Talk Weather Specifics

Kidrak beach with a lot of people on it.

Okay, what you’re dying to know is exactly how hot is hot?

If you look at the weather forecast and the yearly averages, you’ll assume it’s not too bad. Well, let me tell you, my friend, those numbers are rarely the reality! You see, they don’t factor in humidity, and during July and August, in particular, it can get extremely hot; I’m talking over 40°C/104°F, and it rarely drops below 25°C/77°F at night.

But don’t let this put you off.

The heat isn’t the biggest issue if you’re on holiday; spare a thought for the people who work in the bars and restaurants. It’s easy to cool down in the pool or the sea, and as long as you have air conditioning in your hotel (I’ve yet to find a hotel that doesn’t), you’ll be fine.

If heat isn’t your thing for whatever reason, the end of May into June and the middle of September into October are wonderful times. In fact, I prefer these times because it’s much easier to sleep at night. In the shoulder seasons, you’re looking at realistic temperatures of 30°C -35°C/86°F – 95°F, with the evenings around 20°C/68°F. It’s still hot enough to spend the day on the beach or in the pool, but you don’t sweat when you try to breathe.

It’s extremely unlikely to rain during July and August. If, by chance, it does, it will be a very short downpour, and everything will return to the status quo within a short amount of time.

However, during the shoulder months, you might see the odd shower or storm. These pass quickly and shouldn’t impact upon your time. You are very unlikely to see days of rain and clouds during these times; it’s more likely in April or at the end of October, and that hasn’t happened over the last few years.

Of course, you might not choose to go to a beach resort, and in that case, the weather will be different. Temperatures are hotter on the south and south-west coast. If you’re in Istanbul or anywhere in the middle of Türkiye, you’re looking at slightly cooler conditions but a higher chance of rain (even that’s not too high)

Summer in Turkey runs from June through August. During these months, the weather changes across the region, day to day. But you help, here is a guide that gives you a snapshot of the average temps.

Region High Temperature Low Temperature
Mediterranean Coast 30°C / 86°F 20°C / 68°F
Aegean Coast 33°C / 91.4°F 22°C / 71.6°F
Central Anatolia 29°C / 84.2°F 15°C / 59°F
Eastern Anatolia 30°C / 86°F 14°C / 57.2°F
Black Sea Coast 26°C / 78.8°F 18°C / 64.4°F


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Popular Destinations For Summer Holidays In Turkey

Sand on the beach Cleopatra beach

If you’re visiting during the hottest time of year, I would highly recommend hitting the south coast. That’s where all the fun is, where the best beaches are, and there’s a celebratory summer feeling in the air.

However, Istanbul is also a great place during the summer months. The only downside is that dealing with ever-present Istanbul crowds in the heat isn’t fun. The good news is that it doesn’t get as hot in Istanbul, and you can still go to the beach; there are plenty in the Sariyer area.

Personally, I’d save any big explorations of Türkiye as a whole until the autumn and winter months. It’s a lot easier and more comfortable, and there will be fewer crowds. But if you want to do it, everything is open, so go for it!

My top recommendations for summer in Türkiye are:


Hot air balloons flying over a natural attraction in Cappadocia, Turkey.

It’s inland, so there is no sea, but Cappadocia is magical no matter what time of year it is. It can get very hot during the peak months, but it’s the best time for picturesque hot air balloon rides over the iconic rock formations, as the weather is far less likely to impact your booking. Head to Love Valley, my all-time favorite place in the area.

Many balloon rides end up canceled during the winter due to adverse weather conditions.

Walking around Cappadocia’s many areas is also much easier in the summer because you don’t need to dress for the cold. However, do remember a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

The best places to stay while there are at one of the iconic cave hotels. Why? Well, the rooms remain relatively constant temp throughout the year, typically ranging between 18°C to 22°C (64.4°F to 71.6°F.), so during the summer, the caves can provide a cool escape from the heat.

Antalya Province – Best Beaches

Olympos Beach Antalya region Turkey

For me, the best beaches in Türkiye are in the Antalya region, which encompasses many resorts, including Kaş, Alanya, Antalya itself, Side, Manavgat, Lara Beach, Belek, and the list goes on. Kaputaş Beach in Kaş is one not to be missed, and if you’re into snorkeling or diving, Antalya will definitely give you what you’re looking for.



Beaches in Bodru Gumusluk, Bodrum Turkey

Over the last few years, Bodrum has become a very sophisticated place to go—you might even spot a celebrity! Again, diving and snorkeling around this area is fantastic, and it’s possible to go to Kos, the Greek island, for a day trip.

Marmaris – Içmeler

A beach with chairs and umbrellas at Icmeler beach

Marmaris is a very popular large resort about 1.5 hours away from Dalaman Airport. It’s known for its beaches, entertainment, and beautiful countryside. Içmeler is a smaller resort just a minute’s drive away, and the beach there is stunning.

If you want to visit Rhodes for the day, there are regular catamarans that leave Marmaris during the summer.



Amphitheater of ancient greek city knidos in Datca, Turkey
Amphitheater of Ancient Greek city Knidos in Datca, Turkey

Datça is around an hour’s drive away from Marmaris, and it’s a more traditional spot in the summer months. However, it also has a very international feel, so you’re getting a great blend. The beaches and scenery on the Datça Peninsula are spectacular, and if you’re into history, nearby Knidos is a must-do. You can also take a ferry to Bodrum from Datça, which only takes around one hour.


Fethiye – Ölüdeniz

Things to do in Oludeniz - Blue lagoon in Oludeniz, Turkey
Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz

One of my favorite places in the whole country is Ölüdeniz; it’s such a totally laid-back yet stunningly beautiful place. The Blue Lagoon is an extremely famous spot here, and you can paraglide off the huge Babadağ mountain if you’re feeling brave.

Fethiye itself is a large town and resort, and there is also Çaliş Beach to consider, which is another beautiful spot. Diving and snorkeling are highly recommended around this area, but if you’re looking for a laid-back summer spot, this is it.


Çeşme – Close To Izmir

A beach in Turkey adorned with wooden lounge chairs and umbrellas, perfect for celebrating the New Year.

Located around one hour away from Izmir, Çeşme is a sophisticated and more traditional beach resort. The beaches here are beautiful, with white sand and blue sea, and you’ll find some great boutique hotels to stay in. You can also visit nearby Alaçatı, which is a very charming place.



Palm trees on one of Turkey's best beaches in Kuşadası - Lost Paradise Beach

Around one hour and twenty minutes away from Izmir is the popular beach town of Kuşadası, which is a favorite among international visitors and locals alike. The huge castle is a great spot to explore and enjoy the sunset. The middle of the town itself is a lot more traditional than the beach area, so you get a great blend of both worlds.


Can you see how many amazing places there are to visit during the summer? And remember, you can literally go anywhere you want; I think these spots are perfect for summer fun.

Destinations To Avoid This Summer Season

But of course, there are some areas you should probably avoid. Not because they’re bad or there’s anything wrong with them, but just because they get so unbelievably busy, it’s probably best to go at a different time.

Pamukkale & Ephesus

A group of people standing on the edge of the hot springs in Pamukkale summer in Turkey.

Ephesus and Pamukkale are a few hours’ drive away from the Dalaman area tourist resorts on the south coast, and of course, they’re on many peoples’ visit lists. It’s great to visit these two spots; in fact, Ephesus is one of my all-time favorites, but they’re just hectic busy in the summer.

Both are set in wide-open spaces with no shade, so when the sun is beating down, you might be highly uncomfortable. They’re both enormous, and you’ll need to put on your walking shoes and really explore them to get the best out of them.

For that reason, I’d really recommend you go during the shoulder seasons or in the winter. I visited Ephesus in February, and it was a gratifying experience because we could walk around without bumping into people all the time. My photos were also much better because of that same fact.


Best places to live in Turkey - October 2023 Turkish Flags in Istanbul

Now, I’m not going to say I don’t go to Istanbul during the summer because I love this city and I’d go there any time. But what you need to understand is that Istanbul is super-busy no matter the month, and when you add hot weather, tourists, school holidays, and traffic into the equation, it’s just …. stressful.

Personally, I think November to April is the best time to visit Istanbul, and although it can rain (and probably will), you’ll get to see a lot more without the raised stress levels.

Tips To Stay Cool On Your Summer Vacation

Everyone wants the weather to be hot and sunny when they visit a place in the summer, but it’s important to know how to stay cool. Being hot and sweaty just isn’t comfortable, and it’s a total waste of hair products and makeup, trust me.

From my personal experience, here are my top tips on how to stay cool and beat Türkiye’s summer heat.

Always Say ‘Yes’ To Air-Conditioning

Depending on your hotel, you may or may not need to pay extra for air conditioning, but even if you have to pay, say “yes.” Do not make the mistake of thinking you can save money here because you will not sleep for the whole duration of your stay. And as for fans, don’t bother. They just circulate hot air.

Seek shade

It might sound like common sense, but you’ll be amazed at the number of people who sit out in the full sun and think that’s how they’re going to get a suntan. It’s really not; you’ll burn. Sit in the shade, enjoy the view, have a cool drink, and then, when the peak sun hours are over (after 3 pm), go for a walk. That’s the best way to get a tan. And always have a parasol on the beach; it’s a recipe for sunburn if you don’t.

Be Careful On Boat Trips

A woman and a child sitting on the deck of a boat.

I’ll be the first person to say boat trips are amazing in the summer, and they are, but they’re also the number one way to end up with heat stroke. The sun is more intense out on the open water, and if you sit out on the top deck in full sun for six hours, you’ll regret it later.

If you do this (and go for it because the bays around the coastline are stunning), make sure you sit downstairs often and avoid the sun. You can always venture out for a swim when the boat makes a scheduled stop.

Wear Loose Clothing

It’s all about bagginess. Oh, and avoid grey clothing. If you wear grey, you’ll sweat, and everyone will see! Loose clothing, preferably made of natural materials like cotton, allows air to circulate around your skin, and you’ll feel a lot cooler.

Keep Water In Your Bag

Take a reusable bottle and keep topping up throughout the day. There aren’t many water fountains that feature drinkable water, but you can always purchase some from a small market. Drink as much cool water as you can to avoid dehydration.

Sun Safety

It goes without saying that you MUST wear sunscreen (high factor), even if you don’t think it’s that hot. The sun is intense in the summer months, and I’ve even been burnt in April.

Buy yourself a fashionable hat and keep it on your head during the peak summer days, and if you’re traveling with children, that advice is even more important. Remember to top up your sunscreen once you’ve been in the water.

Eat Watermelon

A street stand in Turkey selling sliced watermelon. Istanbul, Turkey

This might sound like an odd piece of advice but it really helps me to cool down during the summer months. Basically, watermelon is, as the name suggests, mostly made up of water and it will keep you hydrated at the same time. However, don’t assume it’s a replacement for water because it’s not – you still need to drink.

Avoid Alcohol In The Day

Nobody is stopping you from having an Instagrammable strawberry daiquiri on the beach every now and then, but make sure you don’t drink too much alcohol in the sun. You will feel retched later on, and it will only dehydrate you further. Wait until the evenings if you really want an alcoholic drink, and even then, alternate with water.

Indulge In Turkish Ice Cream

Ice cream in summer - Roko

This summer in Turkey, beat the heat with a delightful twist by indulging in Turkish ice cream (dondurma), which not only tantalizes your taste buds but also doesn’t melt very fast, giving you plenty of time to enjoy its creamy, stretchy magic under the sizzling sun! Plus, the cheeky street vendors make buying it so much fun.

Turkey In The Summer FAQ


What is the weather like in Türkiye during the summer?

Türkiye experiences hot and dry summers, with average temperatures ranging from 25 to 35°C (77-95°F). Coastal areas, such as Istanbul and Antalya, can be slightly cooler due to the sea breeze. Remember that temperatures might be higher due to humidity, so remember to pack light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to stay comfortable!

Are there any cultural considerations when visiting Türkiye?

Absolutely! Türkiye is a mix of Eastern and Western cultures, and it is important to respect their traditions. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, such as mosques, and remove your shoes before entering. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with local customs, such as greeting people with a handshake and being mindful of body language.

Where are the must-visit destinations in Türkiye during the summer?

Türkiye offers an array of stunning destinations, but some of the must-visits include Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Antalya, and Bodrum. Each place has its unique charm and attractions that will leave you in awe.

Is it safe to travel to Türkiye in the summer?

Türkiye is generally a safe country to visit, including during the summer. However, it is always advisable to exercise caution and stay informed about any travel advisories or guidelines issued by your respective government. Be mindful of your belongings, avoid isolated areas at night, and use common sense as you would in any other destination.

What activities can I enjoy during the summer in Türkiye?

Türkiye offers a wide range of summer activities. You can soak up the sun and relax on beautiful beaches, explore ancient ruins, go hiking in the stunning mountains, take hot-air balloon rides in Cappadocia, indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine, or immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of cities like Istanbul and Bodrum.

What is the food like in Türkiye?

Turkish cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and diverse dishes. You must try traditional delights such as kebabs, baklava, Turkish tea, mezes (small dishes), and, of course, Turkish coffee. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of options in Turkish cuisine as well, with dishes like stuffed vine leaves (dolma), grilled vegetables, and lentil soups.

Final Word On Your Turkish Summer Trip

Traditional ottoman houses reflecting in the river, Amasya

Ready for an adventure? Türkiye’s the spot, offering everything from serene beaches to buzzing cities. It’s the go-to for sun-seekers and history buffs alike. Imagine lounging on beaches in Turkey, diving into turquoise waters, or exploring the rich tapestry of culture and history. Summer in Türkiye means sunny weather, unmatched landscapes, and a calendar packed with festivals.

When you visit Turkey, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Take a cruise to see some of the best places to visit or stroll through vibrant markets. Don’t miss out on Turkish cuisine—salep is a must-try! And it’s not just the sights that make Turkey unique; the warmth of the Turks makes every trip memorable.

Are you planning your trip to Turkey? Include seaside escapades and city explorations. Turkey has different landscapes and indoor attractions to explore. Remember, spending summer here is about discovering new places and experiencing one of the most popular destinations.

So, whether you’re into sightseeing, craving adventure, or a foodie at heart, make sure Türkiye tops your summer travel list. With its beauty, heritage, and welcoming locals, it promises an unforgettable summer.

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