When the weather turns cold and rainy, many people prefer to go on a late vacation to experience a last taste of summer before winter fully sets in.
Naturally, also Turkey gets increasingly colder and rainier at the end of summer. Some places stay warmer for longer and others are actually recommended in October due to the sometimes oppressive summer heat. Those who would like to visit a beach resort and enjoy a swim on the best Mediterranean beaches, will be delighted to hear that water temperatures actually remain high for longer and often exceed the average of land temperatures.
This short guide is written for those who perhaps didn’t know that the month of October can be a perfect time to visit Turkey. There are many destinations in Turkey worth a visit and below you will find 3 of the most popular choices.
The city of Istanbul is a given destination for many who would like to explore the history and rich culture of Turkey. As the largest city in Turkey and the former capital of the Ottoman Empire (as well as the East Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire), Istanbul certainly has a lot to offer. It is home to stunning architecture, such as can be seen in the monumental Hagia Sophia, perhaps the best example of ancient Byzantine architecture, and the Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for 400 years.
According to Lonely Planet October is one of the best times to visit Istanbul. It has about 7 hours of daily sunlight and the temperature is a pleasant 16-19 degrees Celsius (60-66 degrees Fahrenheit).
The city of Antalya, on Turkey’s south-western Mediterranean coast, is one of the most visited cities in the world, ranking only behind London and Paris (statistics from 2013). Besides rich culture from different historical eras, the city is known for it’s sunny climate, with 300 sunny days a year and more than 3,000 hours of sunlight per year.
Visiting Antalya in October is very pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 14-26 Celsius (68-70 Fahrenheit) and a water temperature of 24 degrees (75 Fahrenheit).
The city of Fethiye, adjacent to Hillside Beach Club, is located on the Aegean coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey, with its incredibly rich history and culture. (Need ideas on what to do in Fethiye?) The climate in October is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 16-24 degrees Celsius (60-76 Fahrenheit) and 23 degrees in the water (73 Fahrenheit). Fethiye offers many opportunities for pleasant relaxation, adrenaline-pumping water sports and much more. Hillside Beach Club welcomes you to visit us in October and stay at one of the best hotels in Turkey.