What is Turkey like in January? A honeymoon?

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1. Posted by mbeels (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone, I'm planning a honeymoon for my future wife and myself and Turkey has caught my interest. We're getting married at the end of December so we would be going on our honeymoon sometime in January.

I know that it is impossible to predict the weather, but I'm trying to get an idea what to expect. The travel books and websites are helpful to a certain extent, but there seems to be a lot of variation. It looks like Izmir might be the warmest city in Turkey during that time of year. What is it like during January? Rainy? Cold?

One of the biggest reasons that I'd like to go to Turkey is for the turkish baths, but if it is cold and rainy, perhaps I should be looking elsewhere. Are there warm places nearby that we could escape to?

I'd like to find a peaceful place to relax, enjoy some culture, good food, and interesting little cities. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Many thanks,

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was in Turkey for Christmas 2004 and it was rainy and not over 15 degrees Celsius. There was a storm on the first night I was in Side, the hotel lobby got flooded since the waves hit the pier first and then went through the glass doors. I wouldn't recommend Turkey for a romantic honeymoon in January if you want beaches and this kind of stuff. For this I think you need to look further south. Egypt is quite nice, I spent Christmas 2005 there and it was warm enough for a swim in the Red Sea.

3. Posted by arzu06 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi mbeels. I'm from Istanbul - Turkey, If you come to Turkey in January you may see snow,rain etc (particularly in Istanbul) but it depends on your chance, so many times Istanbul is very nice in January.

But In Jaunary, you may go to Izmır or Datca. They're nice cities with their weather, view, places etc. You can't see snow,rain etc in Izmır or Datca, it's too hard.

Make your decision, I advise you to come to Istanbul, Izmır or Datca. You can ask me everything what you want to know. (hotels,places,sightseeing,advice etc)

But don't worry, everything will be perfect in Turkey ;) Be ready for it :)

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 30, 2006 11:38 PM by arzu06 ]

4. Posted by ysndemirer (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im from turkiye I live in Antalya the hotest city of turkiye. You can see the sun in winter but little bit rainy some times like spring. Antalya city center is good for a honeymoon also. If you want to get more information contact with me.:)

5. Posted by mbeels (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Many thanks for your replies, it is helpful when trying to make my decision.

Wow, Antalya sounds and looks beautiful! Datca sounds very interesting also. I will definitely have to look into these two places in more detail.

Thanks, t_maia for your experience also. I'm thinking that I do want to visit Turkey sometime, but perhaps not during our honeymoon in January. While those places sound wonderful, I think that finding a warm sunny place might be a better idea.

Things to consider......

Thanks again,

6. Posted by rbrt (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

During your honeymoon, I suggest you to go to Izmir if you are still thinking about Turkey as a possibility. Or you may wanna think about Kusadasi which is only one hour away from Izmir. I went an ephesus trip from Izmir in january 2004 and the weather was perfect. I know some agencies are planning wedding also over there. My sister got married in Ephesus. But last year when I tried to plan a wedding for my friend in Virgin Marry's house, they told me that its not possible anymore. There might be some changes, you can learn from Nurten. She has an agency in kusadasi. www.sisantours.com

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was in Turkey last month and it rained everyday, and it was torential rain for 3 days!!! But that was just Istanbul, the coast might be better.

I think the best turkish baths iv been to are in Budapest, ironically enough.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

In january turkey is cold, there is nothing much to do and the turkish coast is really horrible at any time of year, spoiled by tourism. If you want to experience turkey go inland.
If you just want good wheater and better service, go to the caribbean or to the islands in the indian ocean.

9. Posted by mbeels (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your respones. I'm looking specifically at Antalya, hoping that the weather there is better then elsewhere in Turkey. I'd also like to avoid as much tourism as possible. Kusadasi sounds interesting, I'll have to look into that place. I've decided that good weather isn't essential, instead I think a good cultural experience is more important. Someplace different. Turkey has really intrigued me for some time now, and I can't really explain why.

I'm willing to gamble with the weather, and explore some Turkish culture.

Utrecht, did you mean to imply that service in Turkey is poor? We're not necessarily looking for tourist type service, but rather experience some local life, as Turkish people experience it.


10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did not mean in general that turkish service is bad. On the contrary, it's very good and turkish people are very hospitable. But on the turkish coast, there are so many westerners that service over there isn't that good anymore. Prices are high and so on. It's really not a nice place to spend honeymoon really believe me.