Stretching for hundreds of miles from Kusadasi to Antalya and beyond, the Turkish Riviera (also known as the Turquoise Coast) is one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations.
A playground for luxury yachts, Blue Cruises, and holidaymakers who prefer to stay on dry land, this part of Turkey’s coastline is brimming with magical scenery, ancient history, culture, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and then of course there’s the weather too!
In this part of the world you can easily pass from the waters of the Aegean into the waters of Mediterranean without knowing it, but one thing that won’t generally change is the weather.
The climate along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is something that can always be relied upon – hot and dry during the summer, and mild and damp in the winter months.
In fact, while the summers are the peak time to visit the coast it is renowned as often being too hot for many visitors from cooler climates, so finding the ideal time to come can be challenging.
Sun worshippers will find that the Turkish Riviera has more than enough sun to keep you happy. The annual sunshine hours are somewhere between 2,700 and 2,900 which is wonderful compared to London, for example, at only 1,480 hours a year.
One reason why there’s so much sun each year on Turkey’s south west coast is because it remains relatively sunny during the winter months too.
While Europe is facing short, dark days with little in the way of sunshine, towns like Bodrum are still basking in it.
We’ve already mentioned that it can get too hot on the Turquoise Coast for some visitors, but how hot is too hot?
Out of the major towns and cities along this long stretch of coastline Didim comes in the hottest, with an average high temperature of 36C (97F) in July.
August is only half a degree cooler than in July, while June’s average high is 33.5C (92F).
Evenings and night-times do give a little relief from the heat but you’re still looking at an average low of 20C (68F) in July so be sure to book a luxury hotel with air conditioning!
For temperatures are little less hot, and to avoid some of the busiest times of year along the Turkish Riviera, consider planning a trip for September. The average high will still be 30+C but the average low is cooler, giving more relief in the evenings.
October can also be a pleasant month temperature-wise, but it does become wetter from October onwards. In fact all towns along the coast will experience rainfall between October and May, with the most coming down from November to February.
Despite this, it remains sunny and mild so if you don’t mind packing an umbrella autumn and spring can be good times for sightseeing without the crowds. In Antalya for example, the average high in January is still a mild 15C (59F), or by May it’s already in the mid twenties.
So whatever time of year you choose to visit the Turkish Riviera you should experience sunny days, and temperatures that range from mild to hot; and by the way, Turkey’s south west coast is also famous for its spectacular sunsets!