The stunning country of Turkey is an ideal choice for a summer holiday; boasting incredible beaches, breathtaking landscapes, incredible hotels and a vibrant culture. But did you know that it’s a great place to head in the winter months too? Winter in Turkey is a wonderful time of year, with plenty of things still to do. And who doesn’t love a bit of winter sun? Here are six reasons why Turkey is better in the winter.
1) It’s quieter
With Turkey being such a popular holiday destination, summers there can get pretty busy. But book a winter sun holiday to Turkey and you’ll have all the hotspots to yourself. Beaches will be much quieter and you’ll be able to get the great photos of all the best attractions, as there won’t be big crowds like there are in the summer. Ancient ruins, such as the impressive Ephesus, are so much better when explored in winter.
2) It’s cheaper
Summer holidays mean summer prices, so there’s definitely a financial benefit of travelling in winter. You’ll find great deals to excellent hotels at just a fraction of the cost of going in the summer, despite Turkey already being very affordable. As well as the price of the holiday itself, things are really reasonable when you’re there too. It’s worth booking Bed & Breakfast as opposed to All Inclusive, as it won’t cost much to eat out, and Turkish food is SO good.
3) It’s cooler
If there’s one thing that can be said about Turkey in the summer; it’s hot. Very hot. This is obviously great if you want to spend your time soaking up the sun on incredible beaches such as the Blue Lagoon in Ölü Deniz or Lara Beach in Antalya, but not so good if you want to get out and explore your surroundings. Winter is the perfect time of year to visit historical sites and ruins or browse local markets and bazaars on the hunt for a bargain.
4) It’s relaxing
Winter temperatures in Turkey are still quite mild, but if it does ever get a little chilly, what better excuse is there to go and warm up in a luxurious spa? You can’t go all the way to Turkey without being treated to an unforgettable Turkish bath; losing yourself in a sea of foamy bubbles. It’s a popular and traditional experience over there and is the perfect way to chill out and unwind, even more so if you follow it up with a relaxing massage.
5) Alternatively, it’s an active holidaymaker’s dream
There are so many great activities to enjoy in Turkey, which would just be almost impossible in the summer as it’s so hot. If you’re into hiking or cycling, there are countless incredible trails to explore, all boasting mind-blowing scenery. The famous Lycian Way is a long coastal path stretching from Antalya to Ölü Deniz, which is hugely popular with adventurers over the winter months. And there are plenty of winter golfing opportunities in Turkey too.
6) It’s the best way to experience the culture
With winter being a much quieter time of year to visit Turkey, it gives you a great opportunity to really delve into the rich culture of the country and get to know the locals. Make time to start up a conversation with a local restaurant owner over some meze or have a go at haggling with the stallholders at the local bazaar. It really is a much more authentic experience when you’re not one of many tourists, and they’ll love speaking to you.
Have you ever been to Turkey in the winter? What was your favourite thing about it? Or maybe you’ve never considered a winter sun holiday before? Let me know in the comments below.