Called in Turkish “the yellow summer”, the autumn months are the most relaxing times. Not only for a beach and sand vacation, but it is also one of the most opportune times to travel to some of the other destinations and engage in the wide range of activities that Turkey is known for a destination of choice.
With the cool temperatures but still a lack of rain, it’s the perfect time to discover many of Türkiye’s fascinating archaeological sites. In the sweltering heat in the heart of summer, it can be difficult to say the least to explore the incredible archaeological sites this country has to offer. From Ephesus of Selçuk to Göbeklitepe of Urfa, from Troy of Çanakkale to Tlos of Fethiye, from Kaunus of Dalyan to Iasos of Datça, the sky is the limit when it comes to the ancient wonders of the ports of Türkiye which can certainly be hard to visit in the summer heat.
Hikes on the Lycian and Carian Roads
Likewise, the Lycian and Carian hiking routes can be tiring in the height of summer due to the high heat in the southern regions where these hiking trails are located. The fall season is a great time to take a long hike, especially since many hotels and accommodations and resort towns near these trails will still be in their prime this month as most will continue to operate at full throttle until the end of October.
Try an extreme sport
The autumn months are also a good time to try your hand at one of the great extreme sports options Turkey has to offer. Whether you want to soar through the sky on a paraglider off the spectacular Babadağ of Fethiye to land on Ölüdeniz beach or soar in the wind while kitesurfing in Akyaka, there are many specific extreme sports destinations in this country that are best visited during this month. The wind is strong in Alaçatı, Gökçeada and Bodrum for windsurfing, while Geyikbayırı in Antalya is the country’s hotspot for rock climbers.
Check off your outdoor sports bucket list
I bet you didn’t know that Turkey is a great destination for horseback riding, especially on the trails among the fascinating fairy chimney rock formations in Cappadocia. The Dalton Brothers ranch in Cappadocia is known as the home of the “horse whisperer” of Türkiye. Why not tick two things off the bucket list by also hopping on a hot air balloon in Göreme, which is literally one of the most beautiful places. When it comes to stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing, there are plenty of options with Muğla’s Kargıcak Bay, Akçapınar, and Bördübet’s Amazon to name a few. If sailing is something you’ve always wanted to do, there’s still time to take a Turkish Blue Voyage cruise or take part in the Bodrum Cup Sailing Regatta as a passenger on one of the ships that will be competing in this annual event. highly anticipated. starting next week in the country’s number one holiday destination.
Lather in mud, soak in hot spring baths
From Sultaniye Springs in Köyçeğiz to Cleopatra’s Pools in Pamukkale, this month is also the perfect time to get dirty in mud baths and relax in the natural hot springs and thermal baths that act as sites themselves. historical. Or stay at new hot spring hotels in Bursa, Yalova or the town of Güre, a literal hotspot in Edremit.
Discover the best lakeside destinations in Türkiye
From Lake Van to Lake Salda in Burdur, the Salt Lake in Central Anatolia, Üzüngöl in Trabzon, Lake Beyşehir in Konya, Sülüklü Göl and Yedigöller District in Bolu to the otherworldly Bafa Lake in Aydin and of course Sapanca Gölü, which is less than two hours drive from Istanbul; there are plenty of amazing places to stay and play amid overwhelming views that serve to relax and rejuvenate the spirit.
Discover the major cities and museums of Türkiye
From Istanbul to Izmir, from Konya to Eskişehir and of course the capital Ankara, why not take advantage of this mild month where the sun is still shining but the crowds have calmed down to discover other parts of Turkey and visit the amazing museums that are also housed there like the lines to get in and transportation to get around are so much easier out of season.
Take a Tour of Eastern Turkey
The fall season is the best time to experience the sights on the eastern side of Turkey. From Cappadocia to Antakya and even Kars, multiple tour options depart at this time of year or you can easily discover these areas on your own if you are more adventurous and want to break free from the hectic schedules of organized tours .
Discover the plateaus of the Black Sea
From the Ayder plateau to the Kaçkar mountain range, in the fall, the famous Black Sea plateaus are known for their hazy mists that make them an unparalleled setting for hiking, strolling and picnicking. There are tours to these destinations specifically scheduled for this time of year, or you can always go it alone and create an itinerary that combines coastal towns along the Black Sea coast with adventures in the mountainous “yaylas”. and the forests for which the region is famous. .
Visit the battlefields of Gallipoli
While Anzac Day may be in the spring, the Gallipoli Battlefields located in the Dardanelles Strait and the interactive museum which depicts the historic Battle of Gallipoli, significant to the many nations that participated in it, are open and accessible to visitors all year round. . Why not combine a trip to these impressive battlefields with a visit to the bustling seaside university town of Çanakkale or better yet, head south to the archaeological excavations of Troy and the ancient city of Assos.