September is high season in Turkey, but temperatures begin to cool after the intense heat of August, and crowds of beach-goers return to work across Europe. To enjoy a summer vacation outside the busiest time of year, head to Turkey in September. Read on to learn more.


While temperatures remain hot throughout Turkey in September, they tend to be less intense than in August, especially as the month progresses. Expect temperatures of around 75°F (24°C) in Istanbul and Cappadocia, and higher along the coast, at around 86°F (30°C). Average rainfall is low, but you may experience more showers and humidity than you would in August.

Crowds & Costs

Late summer (September) is high season in Istanbul and Cappadocia, most probably because the temperatures are pleasant. In these places, expect higher accommodation prices and a lot of other tourists. Book transport and accommodation in advance, if you can.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a Turkish beach vacation with a slightly lower price tag, September is a good time to head to the coast. With much of Europe going back to work and school in September, the crowds along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts thin out. The air temperatures are still warm-to-hot, and sea temperatures tend to be warmer at the tail end of summer anyway, so you can still enjoy a great time on the beach in September.

Where to Go

The coastal cities of Izmir, Bodrum, Antalya, and Fethiye are all good options for vacations by the beach, and all are well-connected to other parts of Turkey. Izmir is ideal if you want to swing by Selcuk and check out the ancient ruins of Ephesus as it's only a short train ride away. If a cool sea breeze from the deck of a yacht sounds enticing, head to Fethiye to enjoy an Aegean Sea cruise.

The ever-popular Istanbul and Cappadocia are busy in September, but that's for good reason: conditions are ideal for experiencing the cultural and natural wonders of these places. As long as you book ahead and aren't on a very tight budget, traveling to Istanbul and Cappadocia in September isn't a bad idea.

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What to Do

While temperatures remain hot in September, they're not as hot as earlier in the summer. If you're into hiking, September's a good time to embark on a multi-day hiking trip. The ancient trade route of the Lycian Way, between Fethiye and Antalya, is coastal so you can enjoy beautiful views and refreshing breezes. It takes several days so good fitness and commitment are required!

Events in September

Izmir International Fair, in early September. This commercial/trade fair is accompanied by music and entertainment events. It's held in the city's large Kulturpark.

Bozcaada Cultural, Art and Vintage Festival, early September. On the island of Bazcaada in the Aegean Sea, this festival is all about wine. Four grape varieties are harvested at this time, on an island that's covered in vineyards.

Istanbul Biennial, from mid-September. This art festival is held every two years (during odd-numbered years) and displays works from around the world united by a common theme.

Traveling to Turkey in September? Check out these great itineraries

Hiking the Lycian Way in Turkey: Kas, Adrasan & Antalya - 9 Days. Hike the famous Lycian Way, an ancient trade along Turkey's Mediterranean coast, over 9 days. Begin in Kas and end in Antalya. 

Explore Classic Turkey From Istanbul to Pamukkale - 9 Days. This 9-day tour will explore the diverse regions of Turkey, from buzzing cities to dramatic natural landscapes.

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