Best time to visit Turkey

Beach Season (Aegean & Mediterranean Coasts) in Turkey

In Turkey's southern coastline summer arrives earlier than in its northern counterpart and leaves later as well, so you have a plenty of time to enjoy the extended beach season

Best time: May–October

Beach Season (Aegean & Mediterranean Coasts)

Whereas the chilly Black Sea is the most welcoming June through August, beaches along the Aegean and Mediterranean coastline host the first vacationers early in May, and beach season is extended well into late October. July and August are usually too hot allowing one to stay on the beach only early in the morning, and then late in the afternoon. Moreover, these two months are the most crowded, as locals have holidays and flock to the beaches as well.

The most popular beaches along Turkey's south-western coastline are located in the Provinces of Antalya, Muğla, and Izmir.

Besides neat beaches washed with turquoise waters and mountainous backdrop, Turkish coastal resorts are also celebrated for numerous historical and cultural landmarks. Some most outstanding include the castle of St Peter set amidst the all-white Bodrum town on the Bodrum Peninsula, or the ancient ruins of the Side and its temples of Apollo and Athena,—a place where once the very Antony used to ask Cleopatra for a date. Moreover, many of south-western beaches provide excellent weather conditions for kiting and paragliding, in particular, Ölüdeniz lagoon is a world-known paragliding destination. So you definitely won't be bored with simply lying in the sun, and bathing in the sea.

Practical info

When can tourists hit the beaches along the coasts of Turkey?

Tourists can hit the beaches on the coasts of Turkey from May to October. During these months, the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Crowds can be overwhelming in July and August when the locals are on vacation, so it is wise to avoid peak hours on the beach. Early mornings and late afternoons offer the best beach experience during these months. Show more

In what provinces are popular beaches in Turkey situated?

The Provinces of Antalya, Muğla, and Izmir in Turkey are renowned for their popular beaches. One of the most significant beaches in terms of size and crystal clear waters is located in Antalya. Muğla, on the other hand, has charming villages and intimate coves. Meanwhile, Izmir Province offers a diverse coastline consisting of sandy beaches, rocky coves, and pebble shores. All the provinces home stunning resorts, restaurants, and ancient landmarks that visitors can enjoy. Show more

What time of the day should tourists avoid on beaches in Turkey during July and August?

July and August are the busiest and sweltering months for tourists to enjoy the beaches in Turkey. The midday heat can be unbearable, and the beaches can be quite packed. Ideally, the best time to indulge in a beach experience during these months is either in the early morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are relatively cooler. It is vital to apply sunscreen regularly and hydrated throughout the day to avoid sunburn and dehydration. Show more

What are the significant historical landmarks found within Turkey's coastal resorts?

With an excellent blend of beach life and cultural preservation, Turkey's coastal resorts have much to offer in terms of historical landmarks. Bodrum Peninsula houses the castle of St. Peter- an example of fine white Turkish architecture. Ancient ruins of the temples of Apollo and Athena can be found in Side. Ephesus is another place near Kusadasi where tourists can observe the best Roman empire conserved to date. All these monuments provide visitors with a glimpse of Turkey's historical heritage. Show more

Where can tourists find the best location for kiting and paragliding in Turkey?

Ölüdeniz lagoon located in the Muğla Province of Turkey is famous for kiting and paragliding globally. Cradled by rock cliffs and a clear turquoise sea, paragliders find thrills in their activities. This world-renowned destination offers the best weather conditions from spring through summer. Since it remains a sought-after location among tourists, it is advisable to book activities in advance, particularly in peak season, to avoid inconvenience and disappointment. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin