June is the official start of the summer in Istanbul, and with an average temperature of 26°C and precipitation 36 mm. June is also a great month for city sightseeing, outdoors activities, and a good month for some popular festivals and events. You can enjoy sunny and clear days. Rain is very less. We recommend you to bring summer clothing, shorts, dresses, t-shirts for warm afternoons and nights. Also take long pants for some cooler nights. The days are longer, the sun set around 20:40. (Average Max Temp.: 25°C – Average Max Temp.: 17°C)
Istanbul 5 Days Weather Forecast
Public holidays, Festivals & Events
- International Istanbul Music Festival (music, June, muzik.iksv.org/en)
- Chill-Out Festival Istanbul (music and dance, June, www.chilloutfest.com)
- Ramadan Feast (Religious Holiday – goes for 3 days – Sunday, 24 to Tuesday, 26 May 2020)
Top 10 Things to Do in Istanbul in June 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 June.
1. Historic Day Out in Sultanahmet
For the ones who are a true enthusiast of history and want to see the city’s historic sites, we highly recommend you to visit and see Sultanahmet neighborhood. It is the best way to get the most out of the city’s sights, sounds, and scents. Sultanahmet hosts about all of the most visited historical and tourist sites in Istanbul, such as the Sultanahmet Square (Hippodrome), Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Istanbul Archaeology Museums and Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts are situated here and all can be explored by walking. Continue reading…
2. Enjoy June’s Top Music Festivals
Istanbul International Music Festival (2020 dates not announced yet)
Istanbul’s International Music Festival is about 3 weeks long music festival, organized by IKSV. At this top music festival, you can enjoy remarkable performances of the leading international and local artists, as well as classical music performances inc. Philharmonic Orchestras, baroque music inc. Bach, Vivaldi and Handel and many others, at the several great historical venues such as Hagia Irene Museum, Sureyya Opera House, Rahmi Koc Museum and more. More information on muzik.iksv.org/en
Chill-Out Festival Istanbul (2020 dates not announced yet)
Istanbul’s Chill-Out Festival is 2 days long dance, electronic and pop festival, held at Garden Fiesta, located in the Sariyer district. Chill-Out festival is Turkey’s leading music festival, you can enjoy the the refined style of Lounge FM 96 to life with its lovely ambiance, elaborate musical selection of artists focusing on different genres, stages of various concepts, joyful activities, workshops and delicious catering alternatives. The Chill-Out Festival also take place in Bodrum and Cesme. More information on www.chilloutfest.com
3. Take a Bosphorus Cruise
Bosphorus Cruise is one of the more popular and fantastic forms of entertainment on your Istanbul visit. Typical Bosphorus Cruises begin slightly to the east of the famous Galata Bridge and continues to Anadolu Kavagi which is the Bosphorus’ entrance to the Black Sea making numerous sightseeing stops along the strait. Continue reading…
4. Explore the city on the Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Bus
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…
5. Explore the city’s popular sights on bike
September is a great month to be outdoors and touring the popular tourist spots on bike is definitely a great attraction. Wind through the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sultanahmet. Explore the Golden Horn, the hub of culture and entertainment in the Beyoglu district. Navigate the maze of vendors selling Turkish rugs, spices and lamps in the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. Continue reading…
6. Mystical night out at the Whirling Dervishes Show
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…
7. Visit Ortakoy and enjoy the outdoor cafes by the Bosphorus
Ortakoy is a popular, lively and attractive neighborhood of Besiktas, located just by the Bosphorus and under the Bosphorus Bridge. Strolling around the Ortakoy Sqaure, watching the crowd, having a rest and drinking tea or coffee at the various cafes and restaurants by the Bosphorus are top attractions here. The lively nights at the weekends are also fantastic. Many locals prefer to buy baked potatoes and enjoy it by the beautiful views of the Bosphorus. Continue reading…
8. A fun day out at the Isfanbul Theme Park
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…
9. Visit Miniaturk, Miniature Turkey Open Air Museum
Miniaturk, the open air miniature Turkey museum is one of the best things to to in Istanbul especially for the kids and families. Located in Eyup district, along the Golden Horn, the Miniaturk Museum hosts the miniature forms of the greatest monuments of Turkey. A fantastic place to enjoy on the sunny days in Istanbul. Continue reading…
10. A great day out at the Princes’ Islands
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…
Tours & Excursions
You may explore Istanbul via daily tours made by the local travel agents with professional guides. It is a very good option if you don’t want to go through the hassle of making all the arrangements including the tickets, waiting at the long queues and 2-ways transportation by your own. And we recommend the two world brands GetYourGuide or Viator, with insurance and easy cancellation process.
Istanbul’s Tourist Discount Passes & Cards
There are three types of Istanbul passes & cards that you may buy and have access to variety of Istanbul attractions including museums with fixed price and save a lot. We recommend those cards for the travelers that has a stay in Istanbul at least from 3 to 7 days. The most practical and cheapest way to explore Istanbul’s sights.
Istanbul Tourist Pass
Rather than paying for each item individually, this digital Istanbul Tourist Pass allows you to choose from 30+ Istanbul attractions so you can pack as much into your stay as possible for a single set price. It is the most popular and recommended discount tourist pass in Istanbul that you will get valuable discounts of up to 70%. You’ll also get 3-days of unlimited mobile internet access with your pass along with WhatsApp traveler support, and one way airport transfer. Highly recommended for travelers that will stay more than 3 days in Istanbul.
Istanbul Welcome Card
This is a travel discount card that offers combo attractions for less for individual, family or group during their Istanbul visit. And you will get valuable discounts of up to 50%. There are four types of Istanbul Welcome Card (Classic, Premium and Deluxe), and all are valid for 7 days. You’ll also get unlimited mobile internet access plus free public transportation rides.