Turkey in January
January may be Turkey’s coldest month, but this icy weather brings many perks. Experience fewer crowds, enjoy low accommodation rates, and engage in snowy adventure and excitement on your visit to Turkey in this month. Looking for some inspo to make the most of your Turkey holiday in January? You can count on our guide to the

best attractions and top activities in Turkey in January


Turkey Weather in January

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The country’s temperatures are between three and ten degrees Celsius in January, indicating the peak winter month. You can anticipate a blend of snowfall, rainfall, and storms; that said, there can be incredible variations in weather in January, subject to where you plan to travel in Turkey. For example, coastal parts are relatively warmer than their inland counterparts. Cappadocia records an average temperature of three degrees Celsius, while Istanbul shows nine degrees Celsius and Antalya about 15 degrees Celsius. Apart from these, Bursa and Kars, among other Turkish regions, drop to zero or sometimes minus degrees Celsius this month.

Why Travel To Turkey in January


It is the best time to visit Turkey due to the following reasons:

Lesser Crowd: As most people prefer to travel to Turkey during the summer months, the tourist influx considerably slows down in January, making it one of the ideal times to discover the country’s iconic treasures in its secluded or crowd-free edition.

Affordability: Turkey turns into a haven for budget holidaymakers in January, with everything from airline tickets and accommodations to guided tours and activities easily falling within their price point.

Thrilling Snow Activities: With places such as Uludağ at their magical best, it becomes a dream-come-true spot for enthusiasts of snow activities, mainly skiing, snowboarding, and sleighing, to name a few.

Fascinating Festivals: From the Camel Wrestling Festival to Orthodox Christmas, you can look forward to being part of some unique events and festivals in Turkey in January.

Must-Experience Turkey Attractions and Activities in January

1. Discover Istanbul


Spread across two continents in Asia and Europe, Istanbul is the country’s most significant city. Its Asian and European sides are separated by the Bosphorus Strait, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. But that’s all about its distinct geographical features. The city is more than that; relish its historical past in every direction, being the city once the capital of four prominent empires (the Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman, and Latin empires). Add Istanbul Packages to this mix of striking monuments, museums, and colorful bazaars.

2. Travel to Bodrum

Bodrum Turkey

Placed on the country’s western coast and encompassing a vast part of the Aegean Coast, the marvelous Bodrum Peninsula is frequented for its unique European feel. It’s hard to digest that this vibrant tourist spot was just a cluster of sleepy hamlets a few decades ago. But this coastal destination is now for all, so it doesn’t matter if you’re here for a laid-back romantic retreat, good food, or even partying. It has everything by the truckload. The best thing is that the weather is relatively milder here in January.

3. Enjoy a dip in Pamukkale’s Hot Water Springs

Visiting this ancient spa town and taking a dip in its thermal pools is a must-do for anyone on their trip to Turkey in January. With its dreamlike landscape complemented by mineral-enriched water, a refreshing cool breeze, and a vast network of terraced basins, Pamukkale is a UNESCO-listed heritage site and forms a phenomenal sight this month!

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Make sure that you include this exciting experience in your travel program. If you wonder what makes it so special, it lets you soar and float above an otherworldly, vibrant landscape carpeted with magical fairy chimneys (limestone formations) and lush vineyards. You can try this any season, but expect to take in a totally distinct view in January, thanks to the snow-covered rock formations in the winter.

5. Journey Back in Time at Ephesus

Ephesus turkey

Follow the footsteps of ancient Roman and Greek soldiers as you stroll around this spectacular city that was developed as early as the 10th century BC. Located in Selçuk, this used to be one of the complete European cities during the classical era and is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An aura of mystery and magic will surround you as you explore its prehistoric Greek writings, meticulously sculpted age-old pillars, terraced houses (probably of the 1st century BC), and many other intriguing ruins, including the Library of Celsus and the Amphitheater.

6. Stay in a Cave Hotel

It is something unique to Turkey, and a stay in one of its cave hotels, particularly in the towns of Göreme and Uçhisar, is unexpectedly lavish, rustic, tranquil, historic, and mind-blowing. If you don’t know how to choose one, take a look at some of our top suggestions. With over 30 cave rooms and suites, Museum Hotel Cappadocia is ideal for those seeking a luxurious hideout in the lap of nature. For traditional Turkish comforts, choose Ottoman Cave Suites. If it’s a historic venue that lifts and invigorates you, a stay in Kayakapi Premium Caves is unbeatable.

7. Head to a Skiing Destination

What’s a winter holiday in Turkey without indulging in a snow activity? The country’s coastal provinces, especially on the western side, transform into a snowy land with exceptional skiing terrain enriched by breathtaking slopes and runs. They draw winter sport aficionados for an exhilarating yet enchanting session of skiing, snow biking, and even ice skating. Located about 200 kilometers from Istanbul, Uludağ is the country’s biggest skiing resort. If you are looking for a skiing resort close to Istanbul, Kartepe is unmissable. Mount Palandöken in Erzurum and Erciyes Ski Center in Kayseri are a paradise for pro skiers.

8. Visit Antalya

Antalya Turkey

Antalya presents the best of both worlds in January. Its Mediterranean climate averages between 9 and 15 degrees Celsius, allowing you to have a pleasant stay with the bonus of no-crowd sightseeing and pocket-friendly experiences. But if you want to add authentic winter adventure, the Saklikent Ski Center is easily accessible from here.

Turkey Travel Requirements

One of the foremost staples of your travel is obtaining a Turkey visit visa. However, your nationality determines whether you need a visa to enter the country. Citizens of certain countries are entitled to a visa-free stay in Turkey for a specified period. All others not included in the visa-exemption category must apply for a Turkey tourist visa available as a 30-day or 90-day single-entry or multiple-entry visa (as per your Turkey travel purpose and duration).

Important Things to Know Before Your January Visit to Turkey

Don’t miss this segment if you’re looking for useful tips for January in Turkey.

  • Pack thick clothes that will keep you warm throughout your stay.
  • Pre-book your hotel accommodation; select one with amenities and facilities like rooms with heaters, saunas, and heated swimming pools.
  • Winter is the best time to sample the region’s delicious delights, so be sure to go on a food tour or join a cooking course.
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If you still have doubts, check out these FAQs about trip to Turkey in January.

1. Is it ideal to visit Turkey in January?

If you adore a holiday accompanied by icy weather, fewer crowds, and affordable options, January is an ideal time to visit Turkey.

2. Can I participate in snow activities in Turkey?

As temperatures plummets to minus degrees Celsius in Turkey’s coastal regions, it becomes a haven for winter activities like skiing in January.

3. Do I need to apply for a visa for my Turkey travel?

It depends on your nationality; scroll down to the ‘Travel Requirements’ section of this post to learn about Turkey visa formalities.

4. Can I look forward to a safe holiday on my January visit to Turkey?

Yes, Turkey is a safe destination with friendly locals. But as in any other places, there are chances of minor thefts, pickpocketing, etc. So, don’t carry valuables.

5. What to wear in Turkey in January?

As it can get extremely cold in January, pack long coats, gloves, turtleneck sweaters, hats, etc. Pair it with accessories like sunglasses and water-proof boots.

6. What are the must-visit Turkey attractions in January?

Istanbul, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Antalya, and Uludağ are some of Turkey’s must-visits in January.


Turkey is a destination that is enormously blessed with everything! People are drawn to it as much for its magnificent beaches, towering mountains, and Mediterranean vibe as for its striking cities, ancient landmarks, and inspiring culture and heritage. Visiting here in any season or month is charming, and Turkey weather in January promises an exceptional experience amid chilly ambiance, enchanting experiences, and, mostly, a limited crowd.

Rezmin is passionate about traveling and curating content about history, traditions and other intriguing aspects that make a place attractive. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fictional books sprinkled with inspiration, humor and enthusiasm.

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