Istanbul, Turkey

The cultural diversity of the city is booming, and can be seen everywhere, from the mosaics and frescos of the Byzantines and magnificent mosques of the Ottomans. Its history comes alive with each passing day you spend exploring the streets. Pop into one of the many coffee houses known as kahvehani, first invented in Istanbul almost 500 years ago! Visit one of the tea gardens, bustling kebab restaurants and Turkish taverns, all offering plenty of opportunity for daytime excitement. And it doesn’t stop there. This energetic air extends into the city’s vibrant nightlife and into the suburb of Beyoglu containing many of Istanbul’s great bar scenes.

With such a vast history and cultural influence, it’s no surprise that Turkish cuisine has developed into something wonderful. Kebabs, hummus, baba ghanoush are all represented at their best in this city. You can easily find these tasty staples in most countries but experiencing them in their motherland will send your taste buds on a whirlwind of pure bliss. Try the anise-flavored clear brandy, Raki, as well as the orchid and cinnamon drink Salep to experience something that can only be found within Turkish borders.

Dive into the exhilarating hubbub of the city and explore its fascinating layers of history and tranquil sophistication.

Istanbul displays a Mediterranean climate, as experienced more to the south, and both an oceanic and humid subtropical climate if you are more to the north, influenced by the Black Sea. Fall greets its visitors with comfortable daytime temperatures and a variety of different festivals. During the winter, there could be chance of rain and even snow, but temperatures are still bearable, and are not as humid as the daytime temperatures experienced in the summertime.

WEATHER: Monthly Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 46° 46° 52° 61° 68° 79°
Low 39° 37° 41° 46° 54° 63°
Rainfall 3.9 in. 2.8 in. 2.0 in. 2.4 in. 1.6 in. 1.2 in.
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High 82° 82° 77° 66° 57° 50°
Low 66° 66° 61° 54° 48° 43°
Rainfall 1.2 in. 0.8 in. 2.0 in. 2.4 in. 3.9 in. 3.9 in.