Turkey in September

Antalya - best place for vacation in Turkey in September

Turkey in September 2024 – where is better to go on holiday? Weather in Bodrum and Marmaris, Antalya and Side, Istanbul and Cappadocia, average temperature, is it possible to swim, hotels and tours prices. Good places for vacationing in Turkey during September both if you’re going to beach holiday or sightseeing – good Time for Trip explored the topic.

Before the (you know what) pandemic Turkey was one of the most fast growing beach destinations in the world. And – no matter what – has every chance to remain it today.

Today, the situation has changed, and prices here is steadily rising. However, fortunately, not so much that the country has lost all its preferences in the eyes of foreign travelers.

Especially when the hot summer months are over. And you don’t need to look for a saving shade all the time so as not to get baked in the sun.

So, the mild, not especially hot weather is the main reason why European and American tourists are eager to go on holidays at the sea in Turkey in early (at least) September. Equally, they are excited in advance for getting vivid emotions from visiting Istanbul or Cappadocia, other interesting places of the Asian country.

That can be understood! Especially if you decide to make an independent trip in which it’s possible to combine the first and second

As the same Cappadocia in September isn’t just warm, but also very beautiful. Also, in the early autumn there is a plenty to do in Pamukkale or Istanbul, places, that are so crowded during the hot season…

Best Destinations in Turkey in September

There is no single-valued answer to this question in nature – everyone chooses based on their own preferences.

Lovers of moderate heat, but warm sea, in September is going on vacation in Bodrum or Oludeniz. Those who can fry on the beach at +35 °С will undoubtedly go to Antalya or Side.

(Middle-aged) people eager to see historical sights are unlikely to be satisfied with the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos – rather they will go to Istanbul. Tourists who aren’t themselves from the beauties of nature will certainly visit and then fly over  Cappadocia.

But we will start with the most logical:


In Bodrum, Turkey you can swim in September

This Turkish resort in early autumn looks a bit like its own August version, but is characterized by lower average temperatures. So those vacationers who don’t accept sultry weather will feel good themselves here. And in my mind Bodrum is the best place in September Turkey for truly relaxation.

In this months local air temperatures, as in Antalya, tends to +28-30 °C range, although in the evenings they drop down to around +22-24 °C. Giving tourists the long-awaited coolness, and with it a feeling of real happiness.

But by the end of September in Bodrum it becomes noticeably colder, on some days the weather transparently hints that it’s a real autumn in the yard. And if during the day it’s often about +23-25 °C, then at night the thermometers often show no higher than +17-18 °C.

On the contrary, we would advise you to concentrate more on emptying your suitcase in order to bring back some interesting things from the opposite direction, Turkey.

As for the rains

they behave almost imperceptibly at the start of autumn in the whole Aegean coast of Turkey. The average rainfall usually doesn’t exceed 25 mm per month. Which in non-meteorological language means 2-3 drizzles, lasting 1-2 hours maximum.

In some years, the second half of September in Bodrum throws a surprise in the form of downpours and rather cool weather. But statistics stubbornly convince – such excesses are quite rare.

Things to Do

There are less attractions in Bodrum and the surrounding area than in Antalya. In fact, you can only count on a tour around St. Peter’s Castle, a visit to the ruins of the Halicarnassus Mausoleum and views from the hill with the windmills.

But you won’t get bored being here on vacation – this resort is famous for its discos, may be the most fun and noisy in whole Turkey. Also you can take some journeys: it’s quite easy to get to Dalyan from Bodrum, to famous Pamukkale Pools or Ephesus. Also, in just 7-8 hours you can drive by car to Istanbul.

All of the above, concerning the weather and distances, as well as entertainment with non-fundamental amendments, can also be applied to resorts such as Marmaris and Fethiye.

There is a pretty warm weather in Marmaris, Turkey in September


Not bad local family guest houses or cheap local hotels, if booked 3-4 months before the trip, will rent you a room for € 70-80  (for 2 per night). Missing the right moment, you will choose from the remaining options at a price around € 110-130 per day.

Paying a bit more, you will stay in a place that gives much more positive emotions – the Noa Suite Hotel Only Adult. At one time, I was even more lucky to rent a 2-room suite in the Aegean Gate Hotel for not crazy money.

Antalya and Surroundings

At first, it looks pretty much like its own summer version. In any case, in the first half of September, the air in Antalya steadily warms up to +28-32 °C by noon. And at night it doesn’t hurry to cool down to temperatures less than +22-24 °C.

The sea is warmed up to +26-27 °C, the humidity in most cases is at the optimal level (up to 75%). So, in principle, you don’t have to complain about a shirt sticking to your back or a swimsuit that doesn’t dry after another swim.

If you have been vacationing in this Turkish resort in the summer, then in September you will be able to compare impressions. We are pretty sure that they will be much more enthusiastic!

In the second half of September in Antalya (Side, Alanya, e.c), you should prepare for a slight cold snap. During the day, street thermometers will show something of the range of +23-27 °C, at night it can be about +18 °C.

That is, in fact, excellent conditions both for excursions around the city and country trips. Will be very pleasant and evening gatherings on the terraces of restaurants – in a soothing cool atmosphere, you eat the hearty dishes of the national cuisine of Turkey with much more pleasure.

The weather in September in Belek and Side will be approximately the same, that is, moderately hot. In Alanya it may be a bit tougher

But in Kemer, on the contrary, the climate is always a little cooler and wetter – the sun hides earlier, since the resort is bounded by high mountains from the west. And the air humidity there is usually higher for the same reason!

In late September in Kemer in Turkey you should wear warm clothes

What to Do

There are a lot of fun things to to do in Antalya and nearby in early September: keep working water and amusement parks, a big aquarium. Also, you can board yacht cruises along the coast or take part in tours: to Demre and Kekova, canyons, or even further: to Pamukkale and to the “Turkish Maldives”.

As well, it can be easy to get from Antalya to Cappadocia or Istanbul. Both as part of an organized 1 or 2-day tour, and fully independently!

All of the above applies to nearby resorts. And also to located noticeably to the south, but cheaper Alanya.

Prices 2024

In the case of Side (I prefer this place) for around € 70 per day you can rent a spacious studio like the one in Aquarius Hotel. Paying around € 80-85 per night you will stay in an even more spacious three-person apartment. And yes – the beach can be reached from here in 2 minutes.

While choosing something more close to the old quarter of Antalya, Kaleici, especially in the Lara suburb with  sandy beaches, be ready to pay from € 100. In particular, I can advise Lara Suite’s Apart Hotel which is located 500 meters from the coast. As it’s almost ideal place for vacation: not so cheap as I want it would be but clear and spacious.


Maybe I’m wrong, but I sincerely believe that a foreigner should visit this city every time coming to Turkey. So be sure to include a visit in Istanbul for 2-3 days in your list of must-wish places in Turkey. Although seaside resorts on the Black Sea and even the ones on Marmara coast in September are not particularly pampering vacationers.

And if air temperatures often tend to summer ranges around +28-30 °C, then the sea area gradually cools down. Closer to October, the local weather actually prohibiting swimming for those who like the sea temperatures above +20 °C.

As for the weather in Istanbul in September, it’s sometimes excessively hot – during the first two decades of the month, the air regularly warms up to +26-30 °C. In some years, it can be hotter, which turns excursions around the Sultanahmet and beyond into some type of an endurance test!

So, don’t forget to take with you sunscreen, long-brimmed hats. An other things that are just as useful in the hot season

On September nights, thermometers in Istanbul also don’t fall below +20 °C – at least in the first half of the month. Although after sunset it gets chilly on the shores of the Bosphorus – at this time you will want to throw over your shoulders a light jacket.

It's time to go to Istanbul in early autumn

By the end of September, you can expect a significant cooling here – the temperature may not rise above +20-22 degrees Celsius during the day. Rains are rare  – there are only 3-4 days of inclement weather at most.

By the way, the water temperature in the Marmara and Black Seas in September allows almost anyone to swim. Since it fluctuates from +23-24 °C at the beginning of the month to +20 °C closer to October.


As was mentioned above, you may set aside 1 or 2 days for a trip from Istanbul to the sea. For example, to Kilyos, the well-known Black Sea resort nearby, or to the Princes’ Islands. Someone leaves for the weekend to Shile or Agva, popular coastal towns about 70-80 kilometers to the northeast.

As for the hotel prices, for € 70-80 per night  a couple will be able to rent something superb like sea view studio in Sultanahmet Center View Apart Hotel. Which is located just 800 meters from the Blue Mosque.


One of those tourist destinations of Turkey, whose attendance is growing at an incredible fast pace. So if you want to save your nerves (and some money) it’s better to go to Cappadocia in the end of September.

Since it will still be warm and sunny there at this time – by noon the air temperatures reach +20-24 degrees Celsius. Nights are much colder (up to +10-12 °C), but you are unlikely willing to visit the local caves and walk through the valleys after sunset.

The probability of precipitation, as in other regions of Turkey in early autumn, is low in Cappadocia. The statistical norm is 1-2 rainy days per month. All the others days are mostly sunny.

The winds here in September even moderate their ardor somewhat in comparison with the summer months. Therefore, there is a little chance that your hot-air balloon flight will be canceled for this reason.

There are a lot of things to do in Cappadocia

Due to the high popularity of the region in almost any month of the year, book a hotel in Göreme or Nevsehir 3-4 months before the trip. From inexpensive and high-quality objects highly recommend lovely the Cappadocia Stone Palace. Where a standard double room (breakfast included) of an area of 25 m2 in early September will cost €  70-80 per night.

Definitely worth examining the offer of the Rustic Caves Hotel “provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant”. For a bit too much but explainable sum of € 100+ per day per two.

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