Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

August is still the hottest month in Istanbul after July, and with an average temperature of 28°C and precipitation 40 mm. August can be hot and muggy, though it is the best time for spending your days in the beaches and outdoors. The extra humidity can make the temperature seem even hotter. You can enjoy very sunny and clear days. is also time for outdoor concerts, parades, and variety of music concerts and festivals.


The city is crowded and busy with the tourists and with the locals in all around. We recommend you to bring summer clothing, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, beachwear, sandals for hot days and nights. The days are started to get little shorter but still very long, the sun set around 20:00.
(Average Max Temp.: 28°C – Average Max Temp.: 20°C)

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Public holidays, Festivals & Events

  • Sacrifice Feast’s Eve (Religious Holiday – half day – 10 August 2019)
  • Sacrifice Feast (Religious Holiday – goes for 4 days – 11-14 August 2019)
  • Victory Day (National Holiday – 30 August 2019)
  • Istanbul Cocktail Festival (gastronomy & music, 31 August 2019, istanbulcocktailfestival.com, Tickets)

Top 10 Things to Do in Istanbul in August 2020

Things to do in Istanbul are endless and it is not possible to mention all the best attractions in Istanbul. We just put together below the most fascinating ones that best suit for August.

1. Visit Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Museum

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Dating back to 325, Hagia Sophia is a former church and mosque and declared as one of the world’s greatest architectural works and accepted as the 8th wonder of the world. Hagia Sophia is also one of the most visited landmarks and museums in Istanbul and in the world.


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Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Topkapi Palace Museum is one of world’s richest museums, is a magnificent oriental palace and one of the world’s greatest architectural works. It was the residence of the Ottoman sultans as well as the administrative and educational center of the Empire. It houses the finest samples of seal, book binding, jewelry and box craftsmanship as well as inscriptions.

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We highly recommend you to visit and see both museums at once. It would take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. And you should get Skip-the-line-tickets to save yourself from long queues.

2. A fun beach day out at Istanbul’s beautiful beaches

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

During the hot summer days, you can enjoy and lounge in the sun, swim in the sea and sip cocktails, and after dark, you can enjoy the beach clubbing atmosphere at the beach clubs and beach bars on the popular Istanbul beaches. Continue reading…


3. Take a Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

You can enjoy an exclusive sightseeing experience on the Bosphorus from the private deck of your yacht on a 2-hour private cruise past some of Istanbul’s most famous sites, such as Dolmabahce Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, and Rumeli Fortress. You’ll admire the beautiful scenery with 360 degree views from the spacious upper fly-bridge, or enjoy relaxing in comfort on the sun deck or in the comfortable outdoor and indoor lounges. During the cruise, you’ll just sit back and unwind as you enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or enjoy sipping an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage or cocktail. A comfortable option than the Bosphorus day cruises, especially during hot these summer days. Don’t be afraid with the pricing that there are yachts for every budget.

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4. A great day out at the Princes’ Islands

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Once was the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes, and with its stunning pinewood scenery, the Princes’ Islands are one of the best preserved natural areas and sights in Istanbul. It is one of the best attractions and weekend breaks in Istanbul both for locals and tourists. You can take a 1 hour cruise to Buyukada (the biggest of the six islands), have a great day out by full tour of the island on the horse-drawn carriage, rest in a cafe by the sea, a lunch at a local fish restaurant. Continue reading…

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5. Explore the city on the Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Bus

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

BigBus Istanbul tour is a cheap way to discover and explore the popular zones of Istanbul which you just couldn’t walk to and see in one day. It drives through the popular sights along the interesting and different districts and neighborhoods of Istanbul and offers informative pre-recorded commentary that is available in 8 languages. The open topped double decker tourist bus really looks cool. Continue reading…

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6. A fun day out at the Isfanbul Theme Park

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Isfanbul (formerly Vialand), located at the Eyup district along the Golden Horn,  is one of the best theme parks in Istanbul, as well as in Europe and offers great attractions for both kids and adults. What makes Isfanbul amazing is that it is not only a theme and amusement park, but also a huge complex that combines theme park, shopping, entertainment and exhibition centers in one place. Continue reading…

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7. Enjoy a Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Enjoying the Bosphorus during the hot summer time, while having your dinner with entertainment on boat, is a fantastic way to to spend your nights in Istanbul. It is also a more cooler option to enjoy Bosphorus on the hot summer days. During the cruise, you you enjoy your meal and be entertained by a traditional belly dancing, Sema ceremony, Romany dance, folk dancing, live DJs and shows.

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8. Visit Naval Museum & enjoy the seaside outdoor cafes in Besiktas

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Naval Museum is a fantastic museum located in Besiktas and houses a collection of more than 20,000 pieces related with the Turkish Maritime history. The ornamented Ottoman Sultans’ boats take the most interest. The museum is on the route of Big Bus Istanbul. After visiting the museum, you may spend a great day out in Besiktas, stoll around and rest at the various outdoor cafes by the Bosphorus.

9. Visit Istanbul Aquarium

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Istanbul Aquarium, located in Florya district of Bakirkoy, is one of the best theme parks in Istanbul. With its 6,000 square meters area, a special-themed and 1,2 km long travel route originating in the Black Sea towards the Pacific, the fish species, rain-forest, a gift shop with an area of 470 square meters, 1 restaurant having the Panama Canal view on one side and the sea view on the other, it is also one of the best aquariums and theme parks in Europe. Continue reading…

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10. Mystical night out at the Whirling Dervishes Show

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)

Whirling Dervishes Show or Ceremony (“Sema” in Turkish) is one of the most visited attractions in Istanbul with the tourists. It is because that this ceremony is a very unusual event for the tourists and when they hear about it, majority of them try to catch this one hour show and witness the miracle of the whirling dervishes. The best performances take place at the Hodjapasha Culture Center in Sirkeci, Eminonu. Note that as this show is very popular among the majority of the tourists, you should buy your tickets at least 2 or 3 days before the show. Continue reading…

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Insider Tips for First Time Visitors

For time visitors to Istanbul should check and well plan the area to stay, best time to visit the city, best places to see and top attractions, how to save money, where to go for eating and shopping, airport transfer and public transportation, etc. to make the most of their Istanbul visit easy, budget, convenient, and safe.

We recommend you to read our articles in the First Time Visitors section of our website before you plan your visit.

We also put together the top travel eases below that you can benefit from your trip. Check them out!

Where to Stay?

First time visitors should stay in the city center, better to be near city’s top attractions and within easy reach to public transport. Sultanahmet, Galata-Karakoy or Taksim would be your best choice. Continue reading...

Tourist Discount Cards

Istanbul has two major tourist discount cards. You'll have access to variety of major Istanbul attractions and services with a fixed price and save a lot.

This is by far the most practical and cheapest way to explore Istanbul, as well as get airport transfer, public transportation card, unlimited internet, etc.

You can read more with our tips and comparisons on our Istanbul Welcome Card and Istanbul Tourist Pass pages.

Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe

This is a travel discount card that is delivered to your hotel for FREE upon your purchase online, and will be ready to use at your arrival. You can also receive it from its stand in both two Istanbul Airports.

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)There are three types of Istanbul Welcome Card and all are valid for 7 days.
  • Classic €19.
  • Premium €49.
  • Deluxe €79.
Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe comes with Pass for 12 Museums, 3 Tours by Historian Guide, 20 Rides with IstanbulKart (Public Transport), Bosphorus Cruise, Digital Guide Book and Map.

Notice: Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button below and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

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Tip: This discount card also gets you 20% for all the other attractions and services on their shop like guided museum tours, dinner cruise, theme parks, airport transfer, unlimited mobile internet, etc., and is a jewel to tourists with a lot to see.

Istanbul Tourist Pass

This is a digital travel discount pass that is delivered to your phone upon your purchase online, and will be ready to use at your arrival.

Istanbul in August 2020 (Top 10 Things to Do & See, Weather, Festivals)It includes 30+ attractions and services including skip the line access and guided museum tours, dinner cruise, hop-on & hop-off Bus, airport transfer, unlimited mobile internet, etc.

There are four types of Istanbul Tourist Pass:
  • 2 day Pass €95 adult - €45 child.
  • 3 day Pass €115 adult - €45 child.
  • 5 day Pass €135 adult - €45 child.
  • 7 day Pass €145 adult - €45 child.

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Alternative Buying Channels
If you are a Get Your Guide (GYG) or Viator fan for worldwide tour buying, than you can buy these Istanbul discount cards from their links below.

Airport Transfers

Istanbul has two international airports. You'll find all the transportation opportunities such as Airport Shuttle, Metro, Train, Taxi, Private Shuttle, etc. from the airports to the city center and vice versa from our pages below. If you are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend you to take private shuttle transfers for your hotel as they offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance to your hotel from the airports or vice versa.

This is a good option as while the Airport Shuttles or Public Buses will bring you only to the city center and you’ll need to take a taxi to reach your hotel which will seem to be harder for you, private shuttles will drive you just to the entrance of your hotel.

As for private shuttle transfers, we can recommend Kiwi Taxi as we recently tested them and had a great trip to our hotel. We didn't see any bad comments on internet. They have large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses.

You can check and book your transfer from the below widget.