November is a shoulder month in terms of tourism and in terms of the weather, too. While the south coast can still enjoy average temperatures of up to 68°F (20°C), other places further north or inland are much cooler. Expect temperatures of around 59°F (15°C) in Istanbul, 55°F (13°C) in Ankara, and 53°F (12°C) in Cappadocia. There's also much more rain in November than in October, but generally the warmer places (i.e., the south coast) are much wetter than the colder inland areas.
Crowds & Costs
The shoulder season for tourism lasts until mid-November, when the temperatures drop further and the low season begins. Even though temperatures remain temperate on the south coast, this isn't an ideal time to head for a beach vacation because many coastal resorts shut up shop for the season. If you're more interested in checking out the general landscape and coastal towns than lying on a beach, however, you could get some relative bargains in November. This month is also not very busy in other popular places like Istanbul, Cappadocia, or the Ephesus area. Because many of the attractions in these places are cultural and historic and not too dependent on the weather, November isn't a bad time to visit.
Where to Go
If you're into hiking, earlier in November is a decent time to hike along the Lycian Way. This ancient trade route follows the southern coast, so temperatures will be comfortable for outdoor hiking. However, you'll need to bring waterproofs.
Big cities like Istanbul and Ankara, or even Izmir and Antalya, are ideal places to visit when the weather's changeable and there's a chance of rain. There are many cultural and historic attractions in these cities, from the Grand Bazaar and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul to the opera and ballet on display in Ankara to the Agora in Izmir.
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What to Do
General sightseeing is the best option for visiting Turkey in November. There are many indoor attractions, like museums and mosques, as well as dance and music festivals. When you get clear weather, most travelers would find walking around outdoor sites like Ephesus and Pamukkale more comfortable in cooler weather than in the height of summer.
Events in November
Istanbul Marathon, early November. Participants run from the Asian side of the city to the European side. Even if you're not participating, it's an exciting event to watch.
Whirling Dervishes Festival, Konya, in November or December. This festival celebrates Rumi, a Sufi saint who preached love, tolerance, and forgiveness. The last day of the week-long event is usually the most festive.
Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival, held in October and November. This long-running film festival showcases documentaries and narrative films.
Traveling to Turkey in November? Check out these great itineraries
Historic Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya - 9 Days. Starting in European Turkey and traveling into Asia, embark on a trip through Turkey's history and discover why this country was one of the most important forces of the ancient world.
Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey: Kas, Adrasan & Antalya - 9 Days. Complete the ancient trade route trail from west to east, beginning in Kas, continuing through Adrasan, and ending in Antalya.
Explore the Sites of Istanbul - 5 Days. A handy five-day itinerary that introduces you to the best of the best in Istanbul.
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