Turkey (or Turkiye) had a massive summer bringing in millions of visitors from all over the world.
This huge cultural city is a draw for many reasons. Even digital nomads love calling Istanbul their temporary home.
Commonly mistaken for the capital of Turkey, this city is truly one of a kind as it splits Asia and Europe, combining a melting pot of culture and stunning historic sights.
While some travelers may simply pass through on a layover given the airport’s popularity, Istanbul is an immaculate city worthy of being your main destination.
The summer season may have seen the most crowds, but fall is one of the best times to visit. Here is why:
Fewer Crowds Equals More Joy
What makes Istanbul especially great in the fall is all the same sights remain with far fewer tourists. The breathtaking mosques are still open to visit, the cheap boat tours are still enjoyable, and so on.
You will not run out of fun things to do and see just because the summer crowds have gone back home.
Enjoy the extra elbow room walking through the buzzing streets of Taksim Square and peruse the local shops and bazaars.
Of course, we are talking about the tourist crowds here. The city is still home to roughly 16 million residents, so the city is always lively.
There Is Still Time To Beat The Dreary Winter
When we think of snow, Turkey most likely isn’t one of the countries that comes to mind. However, it does indeed snow here, including Istanbul.
While some travelers love to see the snow in winter, Istanbul may not be worth the long-haul flight just for snow.
Fall is the last chance for the year to truly enjoy all the sights and wonders of this gorgeous city. Of course, you can always find things to do in a city this size no matter the weather.
Yet, fall is simply more enjoyable here. The temperature stays mild through November and the only time you may need to check the weather is for occasional rain or the windchill if you plan to take a boat tour.
Plus, if you come in fall you can see the already beautiful city light up even more with the rustic colors of fall foliage.
You can’t see that in summer or winter!
Very Affordable Costs
Sometimes, travel costs can spike during peak season. Some would say that is the case in Istanbul. One major benefit of booking your trip in the fall season is you can easily save money by doing so.
Istanbul welcomes every type of traveler, and everyone can stay here at reasonable prices. Of course, any time you choose to stay at a luxury hotel, those are going to be on the pricier side.
Istanbul has many of the name-brand hotels Westerners are familiar within 3, 4, and 5-star classes. What travelers will also find is affordable boutique hotels spread out across the city, including some with awesome views of the sea.
If you’re a solo traveler, no need to worry. Istanbul has you covered there too with plentiful hostels in some of the most sought-after locations.
Did you know Istanbul has beautiful forests? Summer travelers are typically focused on staying busy and finding awesome beaches.
However, Istanbul is more than just an amazing coastal city. Sure, the water is beautiful, especially with the backdrop of Istanbul’s jaw-dropping architecture.
Fall brings out the best of Istanbul’s forests surrounding the urban jungle. Google “Istanbul,” and you may be surprised by how much green you see on the map.
That is mostly forests surrounding the city, which permeates with fall colors until winter hits. Many Belgrad Forest is the best to visit, but there are others to consider as well, such as Fatih Forest.
Travelers may typically come to Istanbul for the buzzing nightlife, gorgeous architecture and amazing food and coffee, which can still all be enjoyed this time of year.
Fall unleashes another side to the amazing city’s personality and you will not be disappointed making Istanbul your next travel splurge.
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