Turkey in June: A Summer Family Trip

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June marks the start of the high tourist season in Turkey, a time when the weather is just starting to get warmer and tourist crowds are building up. Most visitors head for coastal regions during this time to enjoy cool sea breezes from the Mediterranean and the Aegean.

If you can handle the heat, there are fewer tourists and local crowds in cities like Istanbul and Ankara. This means a lot of cultural and historic monuments are relatively quiet, thereby allowing you to marvel at the history and culture of Turkey more intimately. So what else can you expect from a trip to Turkey in June? Let us find out.

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Turkey Weather in June

A view of Bodrum on Turkish Riviera during amazing weather in Turkey.
Head to coastal cities like Bodrum to escape the higher temperatures in June.

Temperatures in Turkey in June start to rise, with an average of 25℃. This month marks the start of the summer season and the mercury in places like Ankara could rise up to 34℃. This is why most visitors avoid inland cities and head towards the windier coast instead.

The June heat in Turkey could get stifling and humid. For many, this could make the travel experience difficult. This makes coastal areas a great option for a relaxing beach holiday. June is also relatively drier, with seasonal rainfall of 8 to 14mm, although it is worth noting that June falls into the higher end of that bracket.

Looking for the perfect Turkey holiday? Here is the seasonal overview of the best time to visit Turkey.

Weather in Turkey in June - Rainfall and Temperatures

May Jun Jul
Avg Daily (°C) 20 25 28
Avg Nightly (°C) 6 9 12
Avg Daily (°F) 68 77 83
Avg Nightly (°F) 43 49 54
Avg Rainfall (mm) 50 40 20

Why Visit Turkey in June

Colorful hot air balloons flying over Cappadocia in Turkey in June.
The summer months are great to visit Cappadocia as the skies are clear for an awesome hot air balloon ride.
A beach with sand at a luxury hotel in Bodrum.
Visit the coastal city of Bodrum for some fun on the beach.

June is the start of the peak season, there are plenty of great reasons to visit Turkey during this month. Here are some:

  • Summer family trip: If you are thinking of traveling to Turkey with your kids in tow, visit the Land of Legends theme park for a great family adventure. Nothing screams summer like throwing your hands up on a rollercoaster or splashing about in a water park. It is a great way to have fun with your family on a hot June day.
  • Get lost in nature: Looking for a way to cool off but also want to avoid sunny beaches? Check out the Duden Waterfalls for a cool, refreshing day.
  • Conquer the skies: It is no secret that the hot air balloons of Cappadocia are one of the biggest tourist draws in the whole of Turkey. June is a good time to take the ride, especially earlier in the month, to enjoy the cool, bracing air as you rise up.
  • Beaches galore: The beaches in this country including those in Bodrum are some of the best places to visit in Turkey in June as sea breezes make the heat more bearable.

Where to go and what to do

Panoramic view of an ancient amphitheater in Antalya.
Ancient Roman amphitheaters are some of the most popular sites in Turkey.

If you find yourself in Turkey in the middle of June, head out to Cappadocia for the Cappadox Festival. Set against the gorgeous and wild backdrop of Cappadocia, this is a cool new event that celebrates Turkish music, art and food. You can party around, experience culture and try exciting dishes. It is the perfect way to experience the legendary land of Cappadocia. This is one of the best things to do in Turkey in June.

If you are a lover of all things dance and opera, you should definitely check out the International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival while on a trip to Antalya. Staged in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater, this event showcases beautiful, ethereal acts from leading Turkish thespian talents.

For a sporting event that is unique and closely tied to the culture of Turkey, make sure that you attend the annual Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival. This sporting event, which is on UNESCO’s list of intangible world cultural heritages, attracts thousands of visitors and athletes from around the world. It is a one-of-a-kind festival and something that you should not miss if you are around Edirne in June.

What to bring

The Temple of Apollo in Side town of Antalya Province.
One of the most popular destinations to visit in Side, Turkey, is the ruins of the Temple of Apollo.

June sets off the start of the summer season in Turkey. So you should pack light and breathable clothes. The coastal areas of Turkey are much cooler this time but do bring your sun protection. Women should carry a light scarf if they are visiting local religious sites. Turkey is a Muslim country, so you need to cover your head as a sign of respect when entering religious sites.

Barring the hot and humid conditions in inland areas, Turkey’s weather in June is glorious otherwise. Visit the country’s breezy coastal areas to make the best out of your tour. If you do not mind the heat, you can have a great experience in inland cities, exploring local attractions with little crowds around to distract you.

There is also a range of events and festivals to enjoy in a Turkish holiday in June. As the month marks the start of summer as well as the peak tourist season, various festivals celebrating Turkish arts and culture are held across the country.

All in all, June is an excellent month to discover this destination, especially if you are looking for a summer break before the climate becomes overwhelmingly hot.

Not sure how to fit everything into your Turkish itinerary? We provide customized trips tailored by our travel experts. Feel free to reach out to them if you are interested in a personalized itinerary.

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Published by Tim Green, updated on April 12, 2023

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