As a Turkish local, September is my favorite month by far. In Turkey, September is officially autumn, but in reality, it is summer without the excessive heat.
Also, around the second week of September, schools are opened, and most locals are gone back to cities. All the summer attractions are still open but with Friday happy hour discounts and fewer crowds. I believe September is the most underrated month in Turkey.
Is September a good time to visit Turkey? September is definitely the best time if you want to enjoy Turkey. The seawater is warmer than summer, and the sun is not too hot as the summer months. It is definitely the best time to enjoy Turkish nature, festivals, and the sea. September is also a magnificent month for outdoor activities.
September can be the smartest choice to visit Turkey in terms of service quality and price. However, please bear in mind that it is still high season for Istanbul, Cappodocia, and other holiday destinations. Only locals are returning to their winter homes.
Here’s what you need to know about traveling in Turkey in September, including Turkish weather, holidays and festivals, cities and sites to visit in Turkey in the winter months, and some tips about Turkish September.
Weather in September – Is it still hot in Turkey in September?
Turkish weather in September can be classified as great in Turkey. The temperature begins to drop all over the country, creating warm and enjoyable weather. Most of the time, you no longer need to hide in shades.
It can rain, but it is rare. If it does, I would not miss the opportunity to swim in the rain. Also, the seawater temperature is the hottest this month.
In September the coldest average temperature is recorded in mountainous East Turkey, which is 11°C (52°F) while the coastline gets an average temperature as high as 28°C (83°F) degrees.
You should expect temperatures above 35°C (95°F) degrees with sunny weather near the beach sites. There can occasionally be rainy weather as well, but summer still dominates most parts of Turkey.
In case, it is not easy to read the above heat map of Turkey, I prepared the below table for you. These are average temperatures. Always check the current extended forecast before you are coming to Turkey. So you can find out in advance if it’s unseasonably cold or warm.
Average Temperature in September in Turkey
|Region||Temperature in °C||Temperature in °F|
|North Coastline (Thrace and Black Sea including Istanbul)||16°C – 20°C||61°F – 68°F|
|West Turkey (Aegean Coast on including Izmir)||21°C – 27°C||70°F – 81°F|
|Mediterranean Coast (Mediterranean coast including Bodrum, Antalya Marmaris, and Dalaman)||22°C – 28°C||72°F – 83°F|
|Central Turkey (Anatolia including Ankara, Konya, Eskisehir)||11°C – 18°C||57°F – 65°F|
|East Turkey (including Kars, Erzincan, Van)||10°C – 16°C||50°F – 61°F|
|Southeast Turkey (including Gaziantep, Urfa)||24°C – 28°C||75°F – 82°F|
Source: Turkish State Meteorological Service
Special Events in Turkey in September
There will be lots of local Harvest Festivals. September in Turkey is the month grape harvesting begins, and many local communities celebrate the harvest with local festivals.
Turkish Cities in September
Cappadocia in September
While the beaches are slightly less crowded, Cappadocia is full of joy. September is the high season for Cappodocia. There are at least three festivals in Cappadocia.
The most festive event is the Grape Harvest Festival. The region is famous for its grapes and wines since ancient times. There will be lots of folk dances, grape beauty contests, wine, and much more.
Also, there will be events about ancient Turkish food and forgotten tastes of the Cappadocia region. These events will last all around the month, independent of the Grape Harvest Festival.
Salcano Erciyes Cappadocia Bicycle Festival also takes place around 13 and 17 September of every year. Professional and amateur cyclists all over the world meet to take part in this event.
It is not finished yet; every year, the International Avanos Handcraft Festival takes place in September. Here, you can witness all the best samples of Turkish handicrafts, learn more about Turkish culture, or try to learn some of the ancient techniques.
In September, Cappadocia is somewhere to see. Do not forget to do the usual hot air ballooning, exploring underground cities, and enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage Site while attending these festivals.
Istanbul in September
In summer, Istanbul can be a little less crowded. Some of the locals were away from the city, enjoying the beaches in south Turkey but in September everybody starts to go back to Istanbul again.
September is high season for Istanbul, maybe because it is one of the best times to explore Istanbul. Istanbul International Music Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Istanbul Bienal of Fine Arts are just three of the well-known festivals in Istanbul. In September, there will be lots of events, small festivals and very nice weather to explore everywhere.
Want to do something outdoors, but not sure of what to do. You can Grand Bazaar, walk to Sultanahmet, try local food, or just in a park near one of the benches near Hagia Sophia and read your book while watching other people.
When I was a student and did not have much money, I would randomly jump on a ferry line heading anywhere and let Istanbul surprise me at my next stop. I would definitely recommend this activity, wondering what to do next in Istanbul.
Izmir in September
September in Izmir will be something to see. There will be grape harvest festivals nearly in all cities and towns in the Aegean Region. The city will be full of life. Although crowds will lessen a little, all the summer destinations will be lively.
Izmir International Fair
Since 1923, the Izmir International Fair has taken place in the first weeks of September. This is the biggest, oldest, and most well-known commerce-related fair in Turkey. The city is packed with businessmen and regular people who just want to enjoy the fair’s attractions.
Izmir Fair takes place in the city center. The area solely designated for the fair is 337.000 square meters. In other words, the fair takes place in an area of 50 football stadiums.
On the 9th of September, there will also be celebration ceremonies to commemorate the liberation of Izmir at the end of the Turkish War of Independence.
Mediterranean Coast, Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris in September
Locals may have gone back, especially after the schools open in the second half of September, but September is summer in the south.
With the lowered temperatures, in fact, it is better to enjoy beaches and all other attractions. Prices will be a little lower, and the weather is definitely nicer. This also a good time for trekking and exploration of the Mediterranean coast.
Bodrum and Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye, Alanya, or Kusadasi and many more fantastic places to enjoy.