WHEN TO GO
Temperatures are sizzling in this part of the world. In Izmir, temperatures are already hitting 20°C by the time April rolls around, and the mercury tops 30°C come summer. Further south, the Bodrum peninsula has cooling sea breezes – particularly welcome in the summer, when temperatures reach 30°C. Spring and autumn temperatures are pretty toasty here, too, averaging around 25°C. Down in Dalaman, summer consists of blue skies, 12 hours of sun a day and 30°C temperatures. Over in Antalya, things get seriously scorching. In July and August, the mercury can climb to 40°C, although sea breezes keep things bearable. For the rest of summer, and in the spring and autumn months, you’re looking at temperatures between 30-35°C. Things cool down in the winter – you’re looking at average temperatures of between 15-20 °C.
Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Europe.
TEMPERATURE (°C)RAINFALL (mm)
Passports and Visas
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date you arrive in Turkey and at least 3 months after the date you leave the country. What’s more, from 1st January 2015, your passport must be valid for 60 days beyond the expiry date of your Turkish visa.
British citizens need a visa to travel to Turkey. You can apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr before you go. It costs US$20, payable by VISA/Mastercard debit or credit card only. Alternatively you can pay £20 in cash with a new note when you arrive. Please note, if you're arriving in Turkey after 31st December 2014 you will only be able to apply for a visa online.
If you need assistance applying for your visa, we recommend the Travel Visa Company. That said, other suppliers are also available.
We recommend you visit the FCO website for the most up-to-date information - www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey.
For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/
Health & Safety
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/health