Hottest places in Turkey in June

Hottest places in Turkey in June Where's hot in June in Turkey

 By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

June is a wonderful month for a holiday in Turkey. You are looking at 12 or 13 hours of daily sunshine that is all but guaranteed. The sea is warm enough for swimming but it’s not too hot for sightseeing if you avoid the hottest hours of the day. Best of all, June is quiet month before the start of the school holidays and there are holiday bargains to be found. There are festivals worth visiting: a music festival and a jazz festival in Istanbul, and the Cappadox arts festival amongst the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

London

Average temperature in May: 20ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 7
Monthly rainfall: 50mm

Antalya

Average temperature in May: 30ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 12
Monthly rainfall: 5mm
Flying time from UK: 4 hours 15 mins

The beaches around Antalya are superb and this is an excellent destination if you want a luxury hotel within easy reach of an airport. Classic Collection has a great selection of hotels in Belek, Side and Kemer. Belek is the best known resort, just 30 minutes from Antalya airport with highly-rated spa hotels and golf courses. You can take a trip into the Taurus mountains and raft the rapids of Köprülü Canyon.

Bodrum

Average temperature in May: 30ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 13
Monthly rainfall: 10mm
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 50 mins

Bodrum has emerged as one of the most chic resorts on the coast of Turkey. With its marina full of expensive yachts, waterfront restaurants and lively clubs and bars, it’s a modern international destination that is also steeped in history, with ancient sites and a commanding castle. For hotels in Bodrum, visit Classic Collection. For villas with private pools in the area, we recommend Oliver’s Travels.

Izmir

Average temperature in May: 30ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 13
Monthly rainfall: 10mm
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 40 mins

Mark Warner’s all-inclusive Phokaia Beach Resort near Izmir is a beauty, with water sports, tennis and mountain biking included. June is a great month to visit before prices rise over the school summer holidays.

Izmir is a buzzing city in its own right, but also the gateway to the ancient site of Ephesus, and the hot spring pools at Pamakkule.

Marmaris

Average temperature in May: 30ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 13
Monthly rainfall: 15mm
Flying time from UK: 4 hours (to Dalaman)

You can book a cabin on a traditional wooden gulet cruise sailing out of Marmaris or find a luxury hotel in the region. If you want your own private slice of paradise, Oliver’s Travels has villas with pools in Akyaka and Dalyan.

Kas & Kalkan

Average temperature in May: 28ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 12
Monthly rainfall: 20mm
Flying time from UK: 4 hours (to Dalaman)

The villages of Kas and Kalkan have grown in popularity in recent years, but still retain a traditional feel with whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillside towards a turquoise sea. Classic Collection has the best choices of hotels while Vintage Travel and CV Villas have gorgeous villas with private pools in Kas, Kalkan and nearby Islamlar.

Cappadocia

Average temperature in May: 24ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Monthly rainfall: 30mm
Flying time from UK: 6 hours (to Keyseri via Istanbul)

June is an good time to explore the fabulous “fairy chimney” landscapes of Cappadocia with strange rock formations and underground houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft rock. You can even stay in a cave hotel. It’s best to avoid July and August when the region is hot and crowded.

Istanbul

Average temperature in May: 25ºC
Hours of daily sunshine: 11
Monthly rainfall: 25mm
Flying time from UK: 3 hours 50 mins

Istanbul is one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic cities with thousands of years of history and lashings of style. You’ll find some interesting places to stay including the Hotel Ibrahim Pasha converted from two Ottoman townhouses. For a luxury city break, tryr Classic Collection or Kirker Holidays.

Cruise holidays in Turkey in June

Star Clippers operates sailing cruises on traditional tall ships in the Eastern Mediterranean throughout the summer months from April to October. Most itineraries depart from Athens and some arrive into Istanbul. This is a wonderful way to explore the region, with access to smaller ports that large cruise ships cannot reach.

Many of the larger cruise lines operate in the Eastern Mediterranean in summer with almost all trips visiting the majestic site of Ephesus in Turkey. See the best deals at Iglu Cruise.

Find more holiday destinations in Turkey and see our recommendations for luxury stays in Turkey.

The coasts of Turkey

The naming of Turkey’s coasts can be confusing, so here’s an explanation.

The Aegean Coast – also known as the west coast of Turkey, this stretches from Istanbul in the north to Marmaris in the south. It includes the city of Izmir, the ancient site of Ephesus and resorts such as Kusadasi, Cesme and Selcuk near Izmir and Bodrum, Gumbet, Alaçati and the Datca Peninsula. The best airports are Istanbul and Izmir to the north and Bodrum to the south.

The Mediterranean Coast – the most southerly part of the coast stretches roughly from Marmaris to beyond the resort of Alanya including the resorts of the Turquoise Coast and beyond it to more modern resorts of Side, Kemer and Belek. The best airports are Antalya to the east and Dalaman to the West.

The Turquoise Coast – this is actually a (particularly beautiful) section of the Mediterranean Coast which stretches almost 1,000 miles between the resort of Fethiye and the city of Antalya flanked by the Taurus Mountains. It includes some of Turkey’s most characterful resorts including Oludeniz, Kas and Kalkan.

Last updated: 6 February 2022

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