Visit Turkey In Spring: Best Places To Visit, Weather & Festivals

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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.

As a year-round resident of Türkiye, I find spring to be the best time for anyone to visit. This season avoids the intense heat and crowds of summer, offering perfect weather for both beach relaxation and exploring Türkiye’s rich cultural and natural sights.

I’ve compiled a guide with must-see places and unique spring festivals, providing a comprehensive look at what makes this season ideal for visitors. It’s an excellent resource for planning your trip to experience the best of Türkiye during this beautiful time of year.

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Spring Weather In Turkey

It’s important to remember that this is a huge country we’re talking about, so the weather varies depending on where you are. However, on the whole, the entire country welcomes mild temperatures, less rainfall, and beautiful sunny days when spring arrives. But when is that? Basically, it’s sometime between the beginning of April until the end of June. After that? It gets HOT.

For sure, you can still have the odd rainy day, but they don’t last anywhere as long as during the winter months, and you can often walk around in just a t-shirt. Evening times can be chilly, but it’s so much easier to sleep at this time of year compared to the tossing and turning months of July to September. There isn’t a whole lot of easy sleep happening during that time unless you have constant air conditioning.

Spring in Turkey ushers in a period of mild temperatures, reduced rainfall, and abundant sunny days across the country. The season generally spans from the beginning of April to the end of June. During this time, the vast geographical diversity of Turkey means that weather conditions can vary significantly from one region to another. While daytime temperatures are comfortably warm, allowing for light clothing, evenings can still be cool, offering a reprieve from the heat and facilitating better sleep compared to the sweltering summer months of July to September.

Below is a comprehensive month-by-month guide to spring weather in various regions across Turkey, providing insights into what travelers can expect during their visit:

Month Mediterranean Coast Eastern Turkey Black Sea Coast Central Anatolia Aegean Coast Southeastern Anatolia
March 16°C / 61°F – 20°C / 68°F 3°C / 37°F – 8°C / 46°F 8°C / 46°F – 12°C / 54°F 5°C / 41°F – 10°C / 50°F 12°C / 54°F – 18°C / 64°F 10°C / 50°F – 15°C / 59°F
April 18°C / 64°F – 23°C / 73°F 8°C / 46°F – 13°C / 55°F 10°C / 50°F – 16°C / 61°F 8°C / 46°F – 14°C / 57°F 15°C / 59°F – 21°C / 70°F 15°C / 59°F – 20°C / 68°F
May 21°C / 70°F – 26°C / 79°F 13°C / 55°F – 18°C / 64°F 14°C / 57°F – 20°C / 68°F 12°C / 54°F – 18°C / 64°F 18°C / 64°F – 24°C / 75°F 20°C / 68°F – 25°C / 77°F

5 Reasons To Visit Turkey In Spring

1. Mild Weather, Making Spring The Perfect Time For Outdoor Adventures

A circular wooden bench in a wooded area in Belgrad Forest Istanbul

Spring in Turkey is characterized by its wonderfully warm and comfortable climate, particularly along the south coast, where temperatures can even venture into the realms of very warm on some days.

This makes it an ideal time for hiking, exploring national parks to the north like the Yedigöller National Park, or enjoying the historical sites in cooler comfort.

The mild weather during spring, as opposed to the hot summers, offers a perfect opportunity for visiting tourist destinations across Turkey, from the historical richness of Safranbolu, located in Karabük Province, to the coastal beauty of Alacati and Selcuk, both of which are rich in cultural and historical significance.

2. Easier To Sleep During Spring Nights

The spring season brings cooler evenings that ensure a comfortable night’s sleep without the need for air conditioning, allowing you to wake up well-rested and ready for a day of exploration.

This is especially appreciated after a day spent visiting popular tourist attractions like the open-air museum in Göreme or taking horseback tours through the unique landscapes of Cappadocia.

The transition from the colder months into the longer days of spring ensures every garden and natural space is bursting with life, enhancing the experience for nature lovers and photographers alike.

3. Way Fewer Crowds, Meaning You Experience More With Fewer People

Nicky capturing a breathtaking view of a mardin, a mountain in Southeastern Turkey through her camera lens.

Spring marks a time when the tourism season is yet to peak, making it an excellent time to visit Turkey for those looking to avoid the summer crowds.

Historical sites like Ephesus, an open-air museum with its Celsus Library and Great Theatre, offer a more intimate experience, allowing for a deeper connection with the history dating back to ancient times. Similarly, smaller towns like Safranbolu, an Ottoman city with a rich history and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, can be explored in peace, providing a more authentic experience of Turkey’s heritage.

4. Lower Prices Mean You Get Bang For Your Buck In The Off-Peak Season

With spring being off-peak, travelers can benefit from lower prices on accommodation and other services. This affordability makes spring an ideal time to explore Turkey’s diverse landscapes, from the cultural and historical treasures of Selcuk and Alacati, located on the Aegean coast, to the breathtaking natural beauty of Bolu and its surroundings.

This season offers the chance to enjoy the richness of Turkey’s offerings without the high costs associated with the peak summer months.

5. A Wonderful Feel In The Air As Spring Brings Renewal & Hope

A group of hot air balloons celebrate in Turkey during New Year.

Spring in Turkey is not just about the physical beauty of blooming flowers and the return of green plant leaves; it’s about the feeling of renewal and optimism in the air.

Towns like Alacati, with its charming marina and beach clubs, or the serene beauty of Yedigöller National Park, north of Bolu, become places where the spirit of spring is palpable.

Activities like balloon rides in Cappadocia or exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus take on a remarkable quality under the spring sky. It’s the best time to visit Turkey for those looking to experience the vibrant renewal of nature and culture.

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Best Places To Visit During Spring In Turkey

Spring’s mild weather and few crowds means you can easily go and see some of the most in-demand spots around the country. Of course, you can basically go anywhere at this time, but there are some places for which spring is just perfect.


If you’ve ever been to Ephesus before or know someone who has, you’ll understand the sheer scale of this place. It’s massive, and there is zero shade. All of this makes it a very difficult place to visit in the summer months. Now spring is the ideal time because you don’t have any of that to deal with, but you have beautiful sunshine to accompany your visit.

If you’re not aware, Ephesus is located around an hour away from Izmir and is an ancient city dating back to the 10th century BC. At that time, it was one of the most important commercial cities in the entire Mediterranean, and it grew massively the more popular it became.

These days you can walk around the entire city, some of which is in ruins, some of which is exceptionally well preserved, including a huge amphitheater. It’s a must-visit, and spring is the best time to go.



Cotton Castle Pamukkale

Pamukkale is a set of natural springs close to Denizli, alongside the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Again, it’s a seriously busy place in the summer months, and the crowds can sometimes make it a bit dangerous – the travertines are very slippery, and when there are lots of people all trying to walk around them, it can be hard not to fall over. You don’t have that problem in spring!

The warmer weather also means that you can swim or paddle in the beautiful water before exploring the surprisingly large ruins behind the natural springs. Again, this is a place that’s ideal for spring, and it’s much easier to travel there when the weather is cooler – it’s 3-4 hours by road to Pamukkale from both Bodrum and Marmaris.

Sightsee Around Istanbul

bright pink colorful house in Balat, Istanbul

Istanbul is a city for any time of year, but spring is when it really comes alive. It’s much easier to walk around when it’s not pouring down with rain or potentially snowing, too.

Istanbul is always busy, so the less crowds general rule doesn’t really apply. However, it’s a lot easier to sightsee at this time, and you won’t have to wear a huge coat and have umbrellas and boots with you. The flowers really come into bloom in spring around the city, and the sparkling of the sun over the Bosphorus is stunning.

Ornate carvings on Dolmabahçe Palace gate

There is so much to see and do here, including Dolmabahce Palace, Topkapi Palace, crossing the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia (or vice versa), Camlica Hill, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, the list goes on and on.


Kabak Beach - Turkey

Fethiye is a large town on the south coast that’s known for its stunning beaches, Butterfly Valley, the Blue Lagoon, and paragliding. During the summer months, this part of the country gets ridiculously hot and extremely busy. Spring gives you all the good stuff without the bad, and it’s famously mild here most of the time, anyway.

From personal experience, I can tell you that Oludeniz is a stunning place in the Fethiye region, but during the peak months, it can be costly. If you visit in spring, you’ll find lower accommodation costs, and that will allow you to see even more.



How To Get From Istanbul To Cappadocia - Balloons

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Cappadocia and check out the fairy chimneys in the central part of the country. Of course, there is hot air ballooning here, too, and you’re less likely to have your trip canceled due to poor weather in the spring.

Again, this is a part of the country that’s always busy, but it can get very cold during the winter months, and trekking around isn’t as easy when you’re freezing. The mild temperatures and cool nights are ideal for exploring this otherworldly region, and day trips will be less crowded and somewhat cheaper, too.


Things to do in Izmir Turkey
Izmir Clock Tower at twilight at the Konak Square in Izmir, Turkey.

Izmir is a very outdoorsy city, and walking along the Kordon (promenade) in the sun is one of the best things to do. You’ll see everyone venture outside when the sun shines, and it does that very often during the spring months.

Izmir is packed with ruins, attractions, and shopping options, and the food is fantastic. Lower temperatures compared to summer means a much easier time when exploring and although there is no actual beach in the city centre, it still gets extremely busy when the school holidays begin in Turkey – if you get there before that, you’ll enjoy your time without too many crowds.

Can You Swim In Turkey During Spring

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

On the whole, yes, you can! It’s best to wait until perhaps the end of April before venturing into the sea, but the warm sunny days do warm up the water, and you will find people paddling, swimming, and generally enjoying the beach.

There isn’t a shortage of amazing beaches, and they’ll be much less crowded during the spring months compared to the peak of summer. Antalya’s beaches are jaw-droppingly beautiful, and this is another area that sees millions of visitors every year, mostly in the summer. By visiting in the spring, you’ll get to enjoy the calm, natural beauty around you without having to climb over everyone else’s beach towel.

But it’s not just Antalya – you can check out the Dalaman region with Marmaris, Fethiye, and Bodrum, too, or head over to the Izmir region and enjoy Kudadasi and Cesme.

Festivals & Events In Turkey In The Spring

Türkiye has a vibrant festival scene during the springtime. Here are some popular events and festivals you might be interested in:

Tulip Festival (April-May)

In Istanbul, the tulips are arranged in a circle in Emirgan Park, Sariyer

Held in Istanbul, this festival celebrates the beauty of tulips with colorful displays across the city’s parks and gardens. You can enjoy various activities like concerts, exhibitions, and guided tours.

International Istanbul Film Festival (April):

One of the oldest film festivals in Turkey, this event showcases a wide range of international films, including both contemporary and classic cinema. The festival features screenings, workshops, and panel discussions.

Antalya International Theatre Festival (April)

This festival gathers theatre groups from around the world to showcase their performances in Antalya. You can enjoy a variety of plays, musicals, and dance performances during this event.

International Ankara Music Festival (April-May)

Held in the capital city, this festival brings together world-class musicians, orchestras, and performers for a series of classical music concerts.

Bodrum International Ballet Festival (May)

Taking place in the picturesque coastal town of Bodrum, this festival brings ballet companies from Turkey and abroad for a week-long celebration of dance. Expect performances ranging from classical ballet to contemporary dance.

International Istanbul Puppet Festival (May)

A fantastic event for families, this festival showcases puppetry from all over the world. You can enjoy puppet shows, workshops, and interactive activities suitable for children and adults alike.

Izmir International Short Film Festival (April-May):

This festival focuses on short films, giving emerging filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work. Various film screenings, Q&A sessions, and workshops take place during the event.

What To Pack

The weather in spring is mainly consistent, but it can fluctuate at times, and remember, the night times can be chilly. To help you out, let’s look at a sample packing list you can base your own efforts on so you don’t forget anything important.


  • Lightweight and breathable clothing like t-shirts, shorts, and sundresses for daytime
  • Long-sleeved shirts, light sweaters, and light jackets for cooler evenings
  • Swimwear, as some coastal areas may be warm enough for swimming
  • Comfortable walking shoes for exploring cities and historical sites
  • Sandals or flip-flops for beach destinations
  • A hat, sunglasses, and sun protection.



  • Smartphone and charger, as well as a universal power adapter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Any necessary plug adapters for your electronic devices

And remember, it’s always a good idea to pack light and leave some room in your luggage for souvenirs!


Hidden Gems In Turkey - Stone head statues at Nemrut Mountain in Turkey

Spring is my favorite time of year in Türkiye. It offers all the good stuff without having to trade off with the heat, crowds, and higher prices. Of course, that’s not to say that summer isn’t amazing, too – it really depends on whether you can handle high temperatures and humidity.

Let’s talk about winter—Istanbul, in particular, is terrific in the winter months, and so is Cappadocia. Put simply, there isn’t a wrong time to visit this country, but spring really does have that air of hope and rebirth in the air, with fantastic weather and the chance to stroll around while keeping your own personal space.

FAQs About The Spring Season In Türkiye


Why should I consider visiting Türkiye in springtime?

Spring in Türkiye offers a unique blend of pleasant weather, vibrant nature, fewer crowds, and various cultural events. It’s an ideal time to explore the country and experience its diverse attractions.

What is the weather like in Türkiye during spring?

Spring in Turkey is generally mild and pleasant. You can expect temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it a comfortable time to explore the cities, coastal areas, and historical sites without extreme heat or cold.

What are some of the natural attractions to visit in Türkiye during spring?

Türkiye is blessed with stunning natural landscapes, and spring unveils the vibrant colors of blooming flowers and blossoming trees. Some must-visit attractions include the tulip gardens of Istanbul, Cappadocia with its otherworldly rock formations, and the magical Pamukkale terraces.

Are there any cultural events happening during spring in Türkiye?

Absolutely! Spring is a lively season with various cultural events and festivals taking place. One of the most famous events is the Istanbul Tulip Festival, where the city transforms into a colorful paradise with countless tulips on display. Additionally, you can experience the Hıdrellez Festival in May, which celebrates the arrival of spring with traditional music, dance, and food.

Are there fewer tourists in Türkiye during spring compared to summer?

Yes, spring is considered the shoulder season in Türkiye, which means fewer crowds compared to the peak summer months. This offers a more relaxed and authentic experience as you explore popular attractions.

Can I visit the coastal areas of Türkiye in springtime?

Absolutely! Türkiye has stunning coastal regions like Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye, Bodrum, and Izmir, which are perfect to visit in spring when the temperature is pleasant but not scorching hot. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, go swimming, or embark on boat trips along the magnificent Turkish Riviera.

Are there any food specialties to try during spring in Türkiye?

Yes, Turkey’s culinary scene is rich and diverse. Spring brings an abundance of fresh and seasonal produce, allowing you to indulge in dishes like artichokes, wild greens, asparagus, and delicious spring lamb dishes. Don’t forget to try traditional sweets like Turkish delight and baklava!

Is it easy to travel within Turkey during springtime?

Yes, traveling within Turkey is convenient throughout the year, including springtime. The country has a well-developed transportation network of buses, trains, domestic flights, and rental car services. You can easily explore different regions and cities without much hassle.

Are there any hiking or outdoor activities to engage in during springtime?

Yes, spring is a fantastic time for outdoor activities in Türkiye. You can go hiking in beautiful national parks like Göreme National Park, hike the Lycian Way along the stunning Turquoise Coast, or explore off-the-beaten-path trails in the Taurus Mountains. Additionally, you could try paragliding, hot air ballooning, or enjoying water sports along the coast.

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