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Places to Go in Turkey in October

Galata Tower, Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Anitkabir, Hamamonu District Neighbourhood, Pamukkale, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, Basilica Cistern, The Citadel, Istanbul Aquarium, Old Town Kaleici and Antalya Museum.

Sandy beaches, virgin forests and medieval towns- so much to choose from when you’re thinking about the places to visit in Turkey in October! Just imagine, how would you like to have the whole beach to yourself or take a small hike in the quaint old towns without a sea of people around you?

That is exactly how Turkey will be in October! If you are planning a trip to Turkey, then quickly book your tickets for a few recommendations we have regarding places to go in Turkey in October! This is the best time to visit this culturally rich country- it is off season, rates are low and yet, the weather is warm and pleasant!

In this guide, we are giving you a few options, and depending on your time constraint, you can pick and choose according to your will. So here’s the answer to your question about where to go in Turkey in October!

Here are some of the best places to visit in Turkey in October:

01

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia
When it was built way back in 547 AD, this massive domed structure was the largest of its size, and the whole world was awed at this architectural marvel! And since then, the Hagia Sophia has come a long way and seen quite a few massive changes of faith within.

It was initially built as a Greek Orthodox church, but later it was converted into the imperial mosque of the Ottoman empire. And finally, the Turkish government converted it into a museum. This is touted to be one of the best places to go in Turkey in October as the cool breeze blows, the crowds are less, and you can take in the magnificence of the building in peace!!

Location: Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydani No:1, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday.

Price: 72 TRY or 847 INR
02

Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi Palace Museum
This was the center of the Ottoman empire in the 15th and 16th centuries, and sultans lived here with their families, and even the council of ministers conducted meetings here. This started getting ignored by the rulers in the 17th century when they moved to the newer castle, but in 1921, after the fall of the empire, the state turned it into a museum.

But by virtue of its unique architecture, the Topkapi Palace Museum still remains among the best places to go to Turkey in October! The visitors can witness here the unique display of the artifacts and murals, ranging from the Ottoman period of time. 

Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Timing: 9 am to 6 pm from Friday to Wednesday. It is closed on Thursday.

Price: 72 TRY or 847 INR. You can skip paying for this by getting an Istanbul Tourist Pass.
03

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
If you are still confused about where to go in Turkey in October and want a new experience apart from typical palaces and museums, then this is for you! Istanbul has a number of underground cisterns strewn all over the city, but this one is the most famous as it is the largest and would definitely make you feel mesmerized with its beauty.

Back in the day, it would provide a filtration system to the Great Palace of Constantinople, but nowadays, not much water is stored in it to allow access to tourists. For all budding historians, this is the place to be- it tells you a lot about the issues faced and addressed by our ancestors!

Location: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd 1/3, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey.

Timing: 9 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week.

Price: 20 TRY or 235 INR. Entry is free for children below the age of 7.
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Istanbul Aquarium

Istanbul Aquarium
If you are a fan of aquatic life and wish to interact with them, then Istanbul Aquarium is the best place to go to Turkey in October! It has a variety of marine life ranging across all the different continents- the Red Sea, the North Pole, the South Pole, and Amazon rainforests! You can interact with the underwater beauties, and you can even feed the sharks and watch the penguins playing in the water.

Location: Senlikkoy, Florya Caddesi, Yesilkoy Halkali Cad No 93, 34152 Bakirkoy/Istanbul, Turkey.

Timing: 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 8 pm on weekends.

Price: 
- 99 TRY (1165 INR) if you buy it at the entrance
- 89 TRY (1047 INR) if you buy it online
- 69 TRY (812 INR) for ages 2-12
- Free for kids below 2
05

Devrent Valley

Devrent Valley
Devrent literally means “ imagination” in Turkish, and that is exactly what you have to invoke in this unique Cappadocian valley. The visitors will stay enthralled to see the rocks molded in the shape of various animals such as the camel, seal, and dolphins here.

Many people even claim a certain structure is shaped like a dragon, and few others say that it is in the form of Mother Mary holding Jesus! So if you do let your imagination run wild, you may come up with a whole lot more of uniqueness here!

Location: Devrent Mevkii No:1, 50500 Aktepe/ Avanos/ Nevsehir, Turkey.

Timing: Open 24 hours

Price: 2 hours tours of the valley cost close to $40 or 2863 INR.
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Galata Tower

Galata Tower
Once the tallest structure in the city of Istanbul, this cylindrical stone tower is still a very popular tourist destination because of the view it offers. It is 67 meters in height and located in the Galata district of Istanbul. If you manage to persevere till the top, you will be able to secure a panoramic view of the magical city of Istanbul! And for your entertainment and relaxation, the building houses a nightclub, a cafe, and a restaurant!

Location: Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Timing: 9 am to 7 pm on all days of the week.

Price: 7 TRY or 82 INR. Free for children below 7. The Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for the Galata Tower.
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Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
It is located just south of the Ankara castle and has enviable architecture! It is divided into the two Ottoman buildings near the castle- Mahmut Pa?a Bedesteni and Kur?unlu Han. It houses artifacts from a variety of time periods, including the Paleolithic period, Neolithic period, Chalcolithic period, early Bronze Age, and various trade colonies.

It also has various artifacts from Turkey’s own Hittie and Phyrigian periods when the country actually went through quite a few radical changes! Visiting the museum in October has its own charm, as this is not the peak season and hence you would not have to stand in a queue at the ticket counter for hours!

Location: Kale, Gozku Sk No 2, 06240, Ulus/Altindag/Ankara, Turkey.

Timing: 8:30 am to 6 pm on all days of the week.

Price: 36 TRY or 425 INR. It is free for children under the age of 8, and the Museum Pass of Turkey is valid here.
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Anitkabir

Anitkabir
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It's the final resting place of the first President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu. It is divided into four parts- The road of Lions, Ceremonial Plaza, Hall of Honor, and Peace Park. The mortal remains of Ataturk rest in the Hall of Honor.

The peace park has trees and flowers donated from 25 countries and commemorates Ataturk’s saying-“ Peace at home, peace in the world.” You can stay captivated, looking at its magnificent architecture, or you can take a stroll in the peace park to strengthen the feeling of brotherhood!

Location: Yucetepe, Akdeniz CD No 31, 06570 Canlaya, Ankaa, Turkey.

Timing: It is open from 9 am to 5 pm in the evening in summer and till 4 pm in winter. However, please note that it is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm on account of a lunch break.
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Hamamonu District Neighbourhood

Hamamonu District Neighbourhood
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Among the places to go in Turkey, you must include the Hamamonu Restored Area, which might be offbeat, but is equally relaxing and enjoyable. The name of the area comes from the number of hamams or authentic Turkish bath options it has.

Apart from that, after it was redone properly, tiny shops and restaurants were built to serve authentic Turkish cuisine or sell a few souvenirs. During October, you will not be able to find too many people, and the weather is also pleasant, so you can shop or take a bath at the Hamam in peace!

Location: Hamamonu Restored Area, Ankara, Turkey
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Pamukkale

Pamukkale
Though you may not have heard it as much as Istanbul, this UNESCO World Heritage Site happens to be one of the best places to go in Turkey in October! However, since the month of October is far from the peak season, you should not be stifled from crowds.

It basically consists of thermal pools that have unnaturally large calcite deposits that offer a very relaxing and therapeutic vacation. Just slip on a bathing suit, slap on some sunscreen, and take a dip in a pool. Legend says the minerals in the pools can heal digestive issues! 

Location- Denizli, Turkey.
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The Citadel

The Citadel
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Among the places to go in Turkey in October, this one stands out because of the sheer diversity in its structure and less crowd during this season. Though it was initially built by the Romans, since the Celtic period, it has been through numerous renovations, and as a result of that, it has imprints of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.

In fact, the well-known museum of Anatolian civilizations is located right in the midst of the citadel. The citadel is home to numerous shops, galleries, and cafes, and you can have a panoramic view of Ankara from the top of the castle! 

Location: Kale Mh, 06240 Ankara, Turkey

Timing: 10 am to 6 pm on all days of the week.
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Old Town Kaleici

Old Town Kaleici
This is the city center of the ancient town of Antalya or Attalia as it was called in those days! It is definitely one of the best places to go in Turkey in October because it is generally crowded in peak season and it will be slightly better in October!

It has old structures like the Antalya Clock tower and the Hadrian Gate, and it has bits and pieces of the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman empires! Now there are a number of boutique hotels and cafes where you can have lavish meals and a relaxing stay!

Location: Selcuk, Uzun Carsi Sk, 07100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey

Timing: Open 24 hours a day all week
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Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum
This tiny settlement about 1 km away from the city center of Goreme is still not as exploited as other places in Turkey. It has a number of stone churches, chapels, and monasteries, all constructed according to typical Byzantine architecture.

Historians still haven’t figured out the real use of the place, though mostly it is regarded as a pilgrimage site for the Byzantine empire, and the biggest attractions here are the Dark Church, Chapel of St Basil and Chapel of Saint Barbara.

Location: Muze Caddesi, Antalya. Turkey

Timing: 8 am to 7:15 pm on all days of the week. Please note that the ticket office closes as early as 4:30 pm.

Price: 54 TRY or 635 INR
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Antalya Museum

Antalya Museum
This is undoubtedly one of the most important places to go in Turkey in October as it is less crowded during this month and offers you the optimum time to soak into the beauty of this place. It has a plethora of articles that depict the history of the Antalya, especially the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions.

It covers a huge expanse and other than a massive open-air gallery, has 13 exhibition halls. Five thousand works of art and artifacts are on display for the public, and about 20,000 more articles are secure in the vaults and are displayed on special occasions. You can get a lot of handmade articles here as a memoir of your visit to the museum. 

Location: Bahceliever, Konyalti, Cd No 88, 07050 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey

Timing: 8:30 am to 7 pm on all days of the week

Price: 20 TRY or 236 INR
15

Yivli Minare Mosque

Yivli Minare Mosque
A 2-minute walk from the old town of Kaleici, this mosque has a towering minaret overlooking all of Antalya. It was built way back in 1373 by a Seljuck sultan and has weathered the test of time and is still in use! It also houses the Mawlawi Lodge Museum and the Antalya Ethnographic Museum, which house archaeological items, works of art and craft, embroideries, tapestries, and ornaments of the Seljuk period!

This is the place to be in Turkey for history and anthropology lovers as it is, in fact, considered to be the sole landmark of the town of Antalya and has been placed in a list of Tentative Heritage Sites in Turkey.

Location: Selcuk, Iskele Cd, 07100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey
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Zelve Open Air Museum

Zelve Open Air Museum
Just 8 km from the Goreme Open Air Museum is Zelve Open Air Museum, which is equally beautiful but quite different in setting and architecture. This was essentially an erstwhile cave town and has now come to ruins. There are a number of trails you may follow, and you will come across a town square, a few churches, and other religious dwellings. It should not take you more than 2 hours to see the whole place!

Location: Aydinli Mahallesi Yavuz Sk No:1 D.No 1, 50180 Aktepe/Avanos, Turkey

Timing: 8 am to 6:15 pm on all days of the week.

Price: 15 TRY or 175 INR. A few churches may have an extra entrance fee, and parking costs 5 TRY.
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Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City
If you are wondering where to go in Turkey in October, this is one of our top recommendations as the pleasant climate during this month gives you a chance to explore the village in the best way! This village was built way back in 3000 BC under the mighty citadel of Antalya, and the origin of this underground city is quite interesting!

Because it is made of soft volcanic rock, it is easy to dig tunnels into it, and the Kaymakli people took advantage of it in case of an attack or invasion, by using these tunnels to get to safe places! It has seen the rise and fall of both Hittite and Phrygian periods and provides valuable information from those virtually inaccessible periods.

Now it is a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, and people from all across the world flock into this underground city!

Location: Ilhara Road, Antalya, Turkey
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Agora

Agora
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Though Izmir is unnaturally stacked with historical structures and important monuments, this one is really special as it is the residence of Homer, the man who wrote the greatest epics Iliad and Odyssey. The initial Greek agora was destroyed in an earthquake, but then the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius had it rebuilt.

The Corinthian columns, vaulted cisterns, and Faustina gate are architectural marvels and encapsulate the engineering brilliance of the Roman artisans of the day!

Location: Namazgah, Talik Sari Sokagi No:29, 35240 Konak/Izmir, Turkey

Timing:
- 9 am to 5 pm on Monday
- 8:30 am to 7:30 pm on all other days

Price: 12 TRY or 141 INR.
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Kemralti Market

Kemralti Market
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This market snakes its way through narrow streets from Konak Square to the Agora, and you can buy cosmetics, clothes, artifacts, electronics, and many other products here at great prices.  Since it is so colorful and is stuffed with beautiful articles and souvenirs, it is best to surf through items at leisure in October as it is less crowded during this month.

All the artists’ homes are here, and the top-selling articles of this market are coffee, tea, ornaments, and ceramic utensils. This place also has excellent restaurants that will serve you authentic Turkish fare!

Location: Izmir, Turkey

Timing: 9 am to 9:30 pm on all days except religious holidays
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Kordon

Kordon
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If you had a hectic trip and want a few minutes by the sea, then this is the place you must hit up! It is a short strip of the seaside promenade, which is a local favorite for spending quality time with family. This place is all about the experience and memory you want to create- you may sip Turkish coffee in one of the cafes.

You may take a romantic walk with your partner, or you may even get on a horse-driven cart if you want to! But the best experience you could create here would have to be a boat trip at night!

Location: Izmir, Turkey
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