This will vary depending on the region you intend to visit and the type of holiday you are planning. Whether you are an art and history buff, an archaeology nut or a nature lover, enjoy browsing through markets or going diving, the different regions of Turkey offer endless possibilities all year round. If you are looking for a reasonably priced and carefree holiday in Turkey, a package holiday is your best option. The tourist season runs from the beginning of April to the end of October, and most resorts are at their hottest and busiest in July and August. You will pay most for your holiday from July to mid-September, which is considered the 'peak season' by most package tour operators, but in return you will find everything open and the social scene in full swing.
For the majority of beach and sightseeing holidays spring and autumn are good times to go. The elimate in Istanbul and on the Aegean (Ege) and Mediterranean (Akdeniz) coasts is ideal for sunbathing between April and June and in September and October - when temperatures are hot but not uncomfortable - and you will find fewer crowds. Home to more than 20 different fascinating civilisations, Turkey has a 10,000 year-old heritage, much of which is still being uncovered.
Central Anatolia (Orta Anadolu) is slightly cooler at these times, but just right for sightseeing and touring. Most tour operators offer their cheapest deals in April, with prices rising a little for May, June and October.
If you are planning a watersports holiday you may prefer to visit Turkey in August or September, when water temperatures are at their warmest. But don't worry, if you do decide to go in May, June, July or October, you'll still find the water warm by British standards. If you are planning a trip to eastern Anatolia (Dogu Anadolu) and are hoping for warm temperatures, July and August are definitely your best bet as spring and autumn can be fairly cool in this region. Unless you are planning a winter skiing holiday in one of the main resorts, travel is not recommended in this region between October and April as snowfalls can be very heavy and certain roads may be impassable.