The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.
And while costs are rising, Turkey remains the Mediterranean’s bargain-basement destination. There are an enormous variety of things to see and do ranging from water sports to mountain trekking, archaeology to night clubbing and river rafting to raki drinking. Whether you leave Turkey with magnificent carpets, amulets to ward off evil, belly dancing tips, an appreciation of its history, or just a tan, you’re likely to want to go back for more.
Spring and autumn are the best times to visit, since the climate will be perfect in Istanbul and on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. The best time to visit eastern Turkey is from late June to September. The Turkish winter is not particularly warm, with daily average maximum temperatures reaching about 10 °C (50 °F). Just 2 or 3 hours of sunshine can be expected on average per day. The summertime brings quite hot weather to Turkey, with daily average maximum temperatures climbing to about 28 °C (82 °F) by August. It is a reasonably dry season, with up to 27 dry days each month. 11 or 12 hours of sunshine can be expected on average.