The warmer spring months give Istanbul with a breather from the relentless rains that have hit all winter, and the chilly temperatures that have accompanied them.
You’ll find that the weather is reaching a very respectable 15-20 degrees Celsius for this time of year, and there are plenty of days where you will get clear blue skies without a single cloud.
Because it is still classed as off-peak, Istanbul will still be relatively empty considering the warmer weather, and the prices will be cheaper too so this is the perfect time of year to get yourself a bargain getaway!
The good news is that Istanbul is filled with things to do in the spring months. The Tulip festival is perhaps one of the most beautiful times for this impressive country, and you can see a start to the importance of this beloved flower throughout the history of Istanbul. You will find that parks and green areas all over the place have been prepped for this event, with more than its fair share of tulips being planted with anticipation for the spring blooms. Two parks that you should most definitely keep an eye out for are Gulhane and Emirgan parks where you will not only see the delights of the tulip festival, but also a great view over the beautiful, glassy water.
Istanbul wakes up the more the weather improves so as the weather gets warmer, more and more things start to burst into life. You will start to see that restaurants, cafes and bars will start to place their tables and chairs outside on the pavement to enjoy the balmy spring nights, and al fresco dining becomes a must-do event while you are here.
Once dinner time is over, you must check out the club life within Istanbul. If you fancy a rocking night out with the locals, you should check out the nightlife areas of Asmalimescit and Nevizade. You will find every possible delight here and you may even get to enjoy the stars while drinking and dancing under a crystal clear night.
The local delicacies also explode into life in the spring and summer months and a few things that you should definitely check out while you are here include – seasonal produce such as strawberries and loquats in the earlier months, and cherries and apricots later on in the season.
If you are looking for something a little different to explore while you are here, you should check out the local tourist attractions that would normally be too busy to visit during peak seasons. You will want to head to the Istanbul Modern – Museum of Modern Art if you fancy yourself as one of those arty-types, and you could even indulge in a spot of shopping at the Grand Bazaar in Kapali Carsi. Make sure you keep your wallet close to your body – it can get a little rough and ready out there. You will also want to take a closer look at the Spice Market in Misir Carsisi too!
If history is your thing then you will want to head to one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks – the Galata Tower. In fact, if you are a fan of this sort of thing, you will probably want to check out Maidens Tower in Kiz Kulesi and the Istanbul Archaeology Museums to!