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Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?

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Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?

Hello all :)

I am planning to visit Turkey. It is gonna be my first visit inshaallah. I am wondering about the weather temperature and is it gonna be a good timing to visit Turkey in 20/Dec to 21/Jan?

Could you please help me to make a good decision by answering my questions!

Which cities are gonna be the warmest? if there are, How much is the temperature?

or Should I postpone my visit to the summer?

in that case, Could you recommend another warm place over the world to spend my holiday from 20/Dec to 21/Jan?

Thanks in advance for your replying :)

Edited: 23 June 2014, 22:23
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1. Re: Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?

You've picked a great time to visit Turkey as it has great winter weather on offer throughout the country.

I personally wouldn't postpone it and work with it. I personally much prefer winter in Turkey over summer as you can lessen the effects of the cold by dressing in thermals and appropriate winter clothing whereas there is no getting away from the heat in summer unless you are in an ac environment.

The warmest place would be the Mediterranean & Aegean sea cities.

This winter in 2013 Dec/2014 Jan I was in Ankara where it was 0c then went to Antalya/Alanya where it was 15c and then went to Izmir where it was 16c with perfect sunshine and was in a tshirt throughout the day.

No feeling like thawing away infront of a wood/charcoal heater hearing the snapping & popping of it burning whilst cooking chestnuts on top of it if you like them. I personally don't like them but my family loves them nuts.

Central & eastern Anatolia have the coldest winters with temperatures regularly below 0c celcius and lots of snowfall. Having said that the winters of Turkey are not as cold & harsh as they used to be and most central & eastern places do not receive as much as snow/rain fall as they used to during the course of winter.

Now to the advantages of visiting Turkey during winter:

- cheap flights

- cheap accommodation

- less tourists (no lines waiting to get into attractions)

- you are more in control

What are you interested in? I could name some places but there is no point if the attractions there do not interest you.

This Dec/Jan just gone by I visited Istanbul, Ankara, Yozgat, Konya, Kirsehir, Nevsehir, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Alanya, Isparta, Antalya, Bursa, Izmir, Izmit, Bilecik and more with my family.

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2. Re: Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?


Your reply encourages me to continue planning my first trip Turkey. I did research before and found that the North has a great nature but I don't think it is a good time to visit it. Actually, I have no plan yet and have not decided the cities I wanna visit. For the first time, I really would see historical places and discover the culture. So, I may visit Istanbul and other cities maybe Izmir >>> I am not sure :$. Could you suggest a plan for me based on your knowledge and experiences. I would be thankful to you :)

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3. Re: Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?

Your researches would be correct in suggesting that the Northern (Black Sea coastal areas) but moreso the north eastern Black sea area namely the cities along this route offer great nature http://goo.gl/maps/O9k2e

This part of Turkey receives seldom snowfall due to being on the coast and also due to having a row of mountains only a few hundred meters in from the coast the clouds are trapped right above the city and provide plenty of saturation for those areas which is how they offer great nature. You will find every possible shade of green on offer in the vicinity.

Istanbul & Izmir can be visited year around no problems.

Okay here are some names and places of historical areas which will allow you to discover a long gone history of past civilisations that once graced these lands. Research them and come back with other queries and I will assist you to fine tune your plan. They can be visited in a month.

Trabzon - Sümela Monastery, Uzungol,







Gümüşhane - Karaca cave



Rize - Ayder, Kackar, Camlihemsin




Izmir - Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary





Nevsehir - Cappadocia





Yozgat - Hattuşaş




South East Turkey - Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Batman, Diyarbakir




Denizli - Pamukkale





Antalya – Mediterranean






Bursa – Cumalıkızık




Konya – Mevlana, Beysehir






The Black sea & south east of Turkey are visited less by foreign travellers however in my opinion they are just as good if not better than the heavily visited Med, Aegean & Marmara coastal cities of Turkey.

Hattusa is also another gem of a place which is less visited. I was there recently in winter when it was covered in snow & it was spectacular. They take a bit more effort to get to however are all worth it.

With the exception of Ephesus I have been to all of these places. My wife was lucky enough to go to Ephesus with her cousins a few months ago.

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4. Re: Turkish cities to visit in the period 20/Dec until 21/Jan?

Hi Huda, since most of your OP seemed to refer to the weather in Turkey Dec - Jan, I really don't think this is the place for you to be planning to travel at that time of year! ResmeN inhis first post has listed all the advantages of travelling in winter (out of season etc etc) but if you want warm - then think elsewhere.

Particularly I would not recommend you go anywhere near the Black Sea in winter - quite apart from the temperature, it is also a very wet region and it is often difficult to get around - particularly Ayder, Kackar, Camlihemsin - a great risk of landslides in this area due to the wet weather.

You can click on this map from the Turkish Met Office to find the average temps throughout the year of the various areas. What comes up is the annual averages for Trabzon - just click on whatever area in the map that you are interested in:


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