Whether you’re warming up in a hammam in the winter, or exploring the islands in summer, Istanbul is special at any time of year.
Istanbul for any season
March to May
Spring in Istanbul brings the famous Tulip Festival, held every April; head to Emirgan Park for swathes of colourful blooms. With mild temperatures, this is also the best time of year for exploring the city on foot. For antiques, head to the cluster of shops in Çukurcuma, including the famed A la Turca, with its kilims, curiosities, vintage globes and more. In neighbouring Galata, Kashif Sofa is another standout. For fresh sea air, stroll Bebek’s waterfront promenade, stopping at Bebek Balıkcı for grilled fish and crisp white wine.