Turkey is an excellent destination for cheap holidays, served well year round by budget and low cost airlines. The best time of year get a cheap turkey holiday is in the off-peak season in April, May or October, when there are less tourists but Turkey still enjoys great holiday weather. During these periods Turkey hosts a variety of cultural festivals and entertainments so that even holidaymakers on a tight budget can enjoy a fantastic cheap turkey holiday.
Cheap Turkey Holidays in April/ May
April and May are very busy times in Turkey with plenty of different celebrations and festivals that will probably take your fancy. There’s the Traditional Manisa Mesir festival where Mesir, a blend of 41 different herbs and spices, is thrown from the minaret of the Sultan Mosque against a backdrop of concerts, craft exhibitions and sporting events. Turkish Children’s Day is another festival that is worth taking a look at, especially if you have children. On April 23 every year, Turkish children travel to the Grand National Assembly in Ankara where they replace the Turkish government and run the country for a day! Children from other countries often provide entertainment such as theatre and music for their Turkish hosts. Kids will love this, so if you’re on a family holiday, this is a great way to keep them entertained. Children will also be entertained by the Ankara Cartoon Festival around the same time. At this event, some of the world’s greatest cartoonists compete against each other to produce their wittiest cartoons about a specific theme and it’s always good fun. There are plenty of film festivals in Turkey around this time too. There’s the Ankara Film and Music festival where you’ll be able to see many different types of Turkish and international musicians, as well as what’s known as the “Turkish Oscars” in the Film festival itself. In Istanbul there’s the international film festival too which is considered one of the most important film festivals in the world, and Turkey’s own version of Cannes.
Cheap Turkey Holidays in October
October features a number of other festivals such as the Ataturk Dam Watersports Festival which is held annually in Sanliurfa. There are all sorts of water events such as rowing, sailing and canoeing, and teams from all over the world attend to compete. The Alanya International Culture and Arts Festival is another must see if you’re interested in the countries culture and traditions. Turkish music and poetry are celebrated in Alanya, which is a beautiful holiday destination with gorgeous beaches and fantastic hotels and restaurants.
These are just some of the things you’ll get to witness if you visit Turkey outside of the busy summer period, so if it’s a cheap Turkey holiday you’re after, you should consider booking in any of these three months.