For some, the best time to visit Turkey is early winter, namely December—no heat, fewer tourists, and great traditional hamams. This season is also great for watching whirling dervishes at Mevlana Festival and attending the camel wrestling events with famous camel sausages on sale. Early summer comes in May–June, so enjoy a beach vacation with smaller tourist crowds, or go trekking. This time is usually about Ramadan celebrations, so you can learn more about Muslim traditions. September is also great as it’s still warm enough for the seaside, and cool enough for exploring the cities.