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Cappadocia (Kapadokya) Weather And Best Time To Visit Cappadocia (Kapadokya)
Cappadocia is a lovely part of Turkey, endowed with natural rock formations, castles and ruins. The weather in Cappadocia is relatively cooler than other parts of Turkey, which makes it a lovely destination almost all year round for various reasons. But to narrow it down, the absolute best time to visit Cappadocia would be spring and fall, as you avoid the summer crowds. The Hot Air Balloon rides here offer one of the most spectacular landscapes and attracts tourists from world over, making it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Turkey.
Spring (March to May)
Spring is a great time to visit Cappadocia. For starters, the weather is great with the average temperature between 10 to 18°C. For a region filled with walking trails and hot balloon rides, the cool breeze and pleasant weather is perfect to enjoy all activities. Spring is also a colourful time to visit as many flowers bloom here. Lesser crowds make for better experiences overall. There are no particular festivals or events during this period.
Summer (June to August)
Summer in Cappadocia is far more pleasant than other parts of the country. But being a very tourist-heavy region, it can get extremely crowded during this time. The average temperature is around 25°C and the afternoons can get hot - though nothing that a little sunscreen, hat and sunglasses can't fix. There are plenty of events that happen in summer. The most important is the Cappadox Festival that takes place every June and is a celebration of arts, music and food. Also famous in this period is the Dried Apricots festival and towards the last week of August, there is also a Tourism and Handicrafts festival in Avanos - famous for its pottery.
Autumn (September to November)
Cool breezes, pleasant weather and great festivities make this a splendid time to visit Cappadocia. The average temperature ranges between 15°C to 20°C. It could rain or snow for about 2-3 days every month during this period. As it gets colder, crowds get lesser. Hiking trails, bird watching and of course Hot Air Ballooning are popular outdoor activities. The grape harvest festival takes place in September and October (Cappacodia is one of the best wine centres of Turkey). Another food speciality of this season are Raisins.
Every year in October, the Cappadocia Ultra Trail takes place where different marathon races are held.
Winter (December to February)
Winters in Cappadocia can be really cold and temperatures drop below 0 quite frequently; it can snow for a couple of days every month. But for people who enjoy the cold, it is a lovely time to enjoy some outdoor activities like cycling and hiking winter trails. There are also many snowsports like snowboarding, skiing and sledging to be enjoyed at Mount Erciyes.