Summer in Turkey: Weather, Destinations and Activities

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Located at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, Turkey is an extremely diverse country with rich culture, history, and natural wonders. The best time to see all these things is during summer, when the conditions are warm and dry throughout the country. Summer in Turkey runs from June to September, the time of year when the country draws a large number of visitors.

From coastal cities of Marmaris and Izmir, to the ancient historical sites like Ephesus and Cappadocia, Turkey in summer is brimming with beauty and some of the best sightseeing opportunities. This is also a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and camping in Yedigoller National Park and Mount Gulluk-Termessos National Park, as well as trying out water sports in Alacati and Akcapinar. And the fun does not stop there. Summer is also the time when Turkey tours feature various festivals and events, offering a chance to mingle with locals and learn more about their culture and lifestyle.

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Weather and temperatures in Turkey during summer

A landscape view of the port and yachts in Antalya during summer in Turkey.
Antalya is the place to be if you want to beat the summer heat.

Regardless of where you choose to go, summer in Turkey, which begins in late June and ends in late September, is warm and dry across the board. July is the hottest month in Turkey, when the temperature in the southern part of the country such as Antalya can reach a high of 34°C. It is much cooler in places like Istanbul and Samsun in the northern region of Turkey, where temperatures range from 18°C to 28°C. Inland cities like Ankara and Kayseri also tend to be extremely hot during the day but the evenings are quite chilly. Temperatures here range from 10°C at night to 31°C during the day. However, humidity levels are low in summer. Cool, fresh breezes fill the air, particularly in coastal cities such as Antalya and Izmir. With virtually no precipitation, summer is also an ideal time to go on a hike. Hiking in Cappadocia can be a treat during the summer, as this region gets carpeted with beautiful wildflowers.

  June July August September
Maximum temperature 25°C (77°F) 28°C (82.4°F) 28°C (82.4 °F) 25°C (77 °F)
Minimum temperature 9°C (48.2°F) 12°C (53.6 °F) 12°C (53.6 °F) 8°C (46 °F)
Sunlight hours 10 11 10 10
Rainy days 4 1 1 3
Percipitation 40 mm 20 mm 10 mm 20 mm

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Turkey.

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Why visit Turkey in summer

A cable car in snow-capped pine forest in Uludag.
Due to lower snow conditions, Uludag is easier to explore in the summer.
A woman hiker with a backpack looking at the scenery on a sunny day.
Go on a hiking adventure in the Taurus Mountains in summer.

The best time to visit Turkey is either in the spring or the fall. However, organizing a summer tour in Turkey has its benefits. Here are some of them:

  • Beach fun: Summer in Turkey has the ideal weather for all beach-related activities. You can get a perfect tan while sunbathing on the coasts of Iztuzu Beach, try some water sports such as windsurfing in Turgutreis, or relax on one of many secluded beaches like Gideros Bay.
  • Festive spirit: Summer season in Turkey abounds in festivals. You can listen to some classical music at the Istanbul International Music Festival, opt for some jazz at the Istanbul International Jazz Festival, or explore the local culture at the Kas Lycia Festival.
  • Northern attractions: Summer months are also ideal for exploring the beauty of Turkey’s mountainous region in the north, which are often inaccessible during the winter due to snow. Uludag is an incredibly popular destination, offering breathtaking landscapes where you can cycle, camp, or simply enjoy a summer stroll.
  • Adventure: Hiking is a great activity to try out in Turkey during the summer, for you will not have to worry about the rain interrupting your trip. A great option is Saint Paul Trail, which was used by Saint Paul on his first journey to Asia Minor. This trail is 500 km in length and passes through the Taurus Mountains as well as the ancient sites of Perge and Aspendos.

If you are considering a trip to Turkey in summer, check out our guide on planning a trip to Turkey.

Top 3 destination in Turkey during summer

Here are some of the top places to visit in Turkey in the summer.

1. Istanbul

Many cruises sail in the Istanbul Bosphorus bridge area.
See the iconic sites of Istanbul from a Bosphorus cruise.

If you are visiting Turkey, you cannot miss a trip to Istanbul. Summer in Istanbul is characterized by hot temperatures ranging from 18°C to 29°C with a low chance of precipitation. The city straddles Europe and Asia, and is a melting pot of different cultures.

Major attractions: Sophia Mosque, the Bosphorus Strait and Sultanahmet.


  • Istanbul is home to several summer festivals, such as the Istanbul International Music Festival and Istanbul International Jazz Festival.
  • There are great weather conditions for spending a day sailing in the Bosphorus Strait.


  • For some visitors, summer weather in Istanbul can be too hot. If you are one of them, you should try to explore indoor attractions during midday hours, and plan outdoor excursions during the morning or evening.
  • Prices may be affected by the high season, making summer months more expensive.

2. Akyaka 

An ariel view of Akbuk Bay in Akyaka during summer in Turkey.
Head to the Mediterranean for a pleasant summer holiday in Turkey.

Akyaka is a little town located on the eastern side of Gokova Bay. Here, temperatures during the summer could reach anywhere between 20°C and 38°C. The town is renowned for its stunning landscapes, characterized by unspoiled mountains facing the Mediterranean Sea.

Major attractions: Azmak Nehri, Azmak Kaya Mezarlari ruins and the secluded beaches located in its surroundings.


  • This is the perfect place to try watersports such as windsurfing and kayaking.
  • The surroundings of Akyaka are known for their unspoiled nature. Head to Sakar Gateway for the best view in the area.
  • Even during the high seasons, you will be able to find a few secluded accommodations located along the coast.


  • High seasons could drive up the prices of tours and accommodations.
  • The town of Akyaka is often very crowded in the summer.

3. Mount Ararat

A view of Mount Ararat with the Turkish landscape in the foreground.
Mount Ararat is the perfect destination for hikers in the summer.

Believed to be the site where Noah’s Ark landed during the great flood, Mount Ararat is one of the best places to visit in Turkey in the summer. This place, consisting of two separate dormant volcanoes, is ideal to get some fresh air during the summer months, as its summits are snow-capped all year long. With an altitude of over 5,000 m, this is a perfect destination for hikers.

Major attractions: Cevirme village and Agri Dagi Milli Parki.


  • This is an ideal place to escape the summer heat.
  • During the summer, most of the snow covering the area melts down, making it way easier for hikers to climb the summits.
  • The lack of rain in the summer will allow you to enjoy your trip without worrying about sudden downpours.


  • You need a legal permit and a team of guides to climb Mount Ararat.
  • It is a challenging hike and not suited for beginners.

Turkey offers a variety of summer destinations with their own pros and cons so you can choose according to your preferences.

Top activities during summer in Turkey

There are plenty of things to do in Turkey in the summer to beat the heat during your trip.

  • Water sports: The favorable weather conditions and strong winds make summer the best season to try water activities in Turkey. One of the most popular areas for surfers is Alanya, especially Damlataş and Keykubat beaches. These sites are perfect for both beginners and expert surfers.
  • A day at the hammam: After a sweaty day spent on visiting tourist sites, treat yourself to a hammam bath. Have a team of experts pamper you with traditional body scrubbing, foam washing, and massages. Some of the most luxurious hammams in Turkey can be found in Istanbul.
  • Hiking: If you love to hike, you should not miss the Lycian Way during your Turkey tour. The 540 km-trail traverses a huge part of the Mediterranean coast, passing through secluded beaches and ancient cities, such as Xanthos and Phaselis. For a short journey, opt for the Pigeon Valley and Love Valley in Cappadocia. This trail is only 11 km-long, and will take you to the famous rock formation of the Love Valley as well as the citadel of Uchisar.

You will be spoilt for choices with these amazing activities on offer during your summer vacation in Turkey.

Travel tips to visit Turkey during summer

A blue hammam spa in Turkey.
Treat yourself to a luxurious bath at a Turkish hammam.
  • Summer in Turkey can get very hot, so make sure to wear clothes made from natural fabric.
  • Summer is also the high tourist season in Turkey, so the earlier you book your trip the better. This will help you get the best deal available.
  • Learn some basic Turkish words, as most people here do not speak English.

Spending summer holidays in Turkey will surely be one of those experiences that you will cherish all your lifetime. Warm and dry weather conditions throughout the country offer plenty of destinations and activities for all travelers. From international cities full of historical and cultural sites such as Istanbul and Izmir, to natural beauty spots scattered all over the country like fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and travertines of Pamukkale, to the beautiful beaches of Antalya, there is a lot to see and experience in Turkey in summer.

Reach out to our local travel experts to plan a customized trip to Turkey.

Insider's Tip: Turkey's sun-kissed coastline stretches for thousands of kilometers, encompassing pristine beaches, picturesque coves, and turquoise waters that will leave you breathless. From the azure beauty of the Aegean and Mediterranean regions to the lesser-known gems along the Black Sea, the options are endless. Bodrum, Marmaris, Antalya, and Alanya are just a few coastal havens where you can indulge in beachside bliss, water sports, or simply bask in the sun. Explore the hidden coves on a boat tour, snorkel in vibrant underwater worlds, or unwind with a refreshing cocktail as you watch the sunset over the horizon. — Kadir Ismail Kuscu from Best Turkey Tour

Published by Tim Green, updated on June 15, 2023

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