The Lowdown

From the crowded laneways of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the Love Valley in Cappadocia, and the ancient ruins of Ephesus to the picture-perfect beaches of the Turquoise Coast, Turkey an amazing place to get acquainted with the liberal side of the Muslim world.

Population: 78.7 million
Language: Turkish
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
Time Zone: (GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul
Electricity: F

The LGBT Factor

While Istanbul has a vibrant gay nightlife, with gay bars in Bodrum and Kuşadası as well, the rest of Turkey remains quite conservative. We will provide you with information on LGBT rights, and will even suggest gay welcoming restaurants and activities. Bear in mind we are visiting a Muslim country, so our goal is to show you a great time while respecting the local culture and religion.

The Best Time to Visit

If you want warm weather without the crowds, the best time to visit Turkey is either early or late summer (May/June and Sept/October). Daytime highs hover in the low 80′s F (27C), but it can get much hotter...up to 95F (35C) in fact. Evening temperatures cool down to a lovely 72F (22C) or so. There is always a possibility of rain, so bring along a small umbrella and waterproof outer layer.

The Shock Factor

Tourism in Turkey is well developed, but local customs are likely not what you're used to. There can be very different attitudes regarding time-keeping, public cleanliness and service; with calls to prayer beginning at 4:30AM, and little English spoken. If you relax and have a sense of humour, you'll love this country as much as we do.


A visa is required for most visitors, and can be obtained in advance at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.


Based on the entry requirements for Turkey, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Worthwhile Reads

  • Istanbul: Memories and the City, Orhan Pamuk
  • Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, 1453-1924, Philip Mansel