How to cool down in summer in Turkey?

Ah yes, slowly but inevitably it is starting to be that time of the year again. The moment where you need to cool down, summer in Turkey! This is evoking images of cocktails and sandy beaches, turquoise waters and steel blue skies, in short, living the dream. Unfortunately, summer in Turkey also means it gets scorching hot. Not that this should hold you back, quite the contrary, but you might find our top tips to cool down in summer useful. And as a bonus, you may even end up in places you didn’t know existed. Check out these 10 excellent and fun ways to beat the heat in Turkey!

1. Find a beach in the forest

Cool Down, Find A Beach In The Forest

Cool Down, Find A Beach In The Forest

While this might seem like an impossible suggestion, in many areas in Turkey, it is not too hard to find a beach in the forest. In some places, it is almost a standard feature! Take the beaches around Fethiye, for example, or the ones between Çıralı and Antalya, many of those beaches are in the forest. By spending the day there, you can enjoy the protection of the pine trees, and the beach-life you came to Turkey for. Honestly, there’s no better protection from the heat than nature! Are you a beach lover? Read our post about the best beaches in Turkey to whet your appetite.

2. Pay a visit to the yayla

Cool Down, Pay A Visit To The Yayla

Cool Down, Pay A Visit To The Yayla

What on earth is the yayla? Well, yayla is Turkish for highland or the Anatolian mountain plateaus. It is where people retrieve in mountain hotels, or where they go to spend the day in cooler air when the temperatures are on the rise. Yayla stands for clean air, cool breezes, and a natural environment. Often, you’ll find small lakes up in the yayla, which will make your day up in the mountain plateaus extra pleasant on a hot summer day. This is where you go to for cooler temperatures and a taste of the authentic and rural Turkey.

3. While away the day near a cold creek

Cool Down, While Away The Day Near A Cold Creek

Cool Down, While Away The Day Near A Cold Creek

What better way to cool down in summer than whiling away the day near a cold creek. You’ll see that Turks are specialists in creating havens of cool in the most unexpected places and corners. Anything that will help to beat the summer heat will do. That is why they know that building a köşk (Turkish seating corner) above the water is so much more effective to cool you down than having one installed next to the stream. Take this place in the photo; for example, it is in Yuvarlakçay, not too far from Lake Köyceğiz. The place is mainly popular because of its Instagram-worthy swings above the water, but rest assured, even on the hottest of days, you’ll feel wonderful in one of these relaxing seats above the stream.

4. Visit Snow World

This suggestion is something you’ll get sold to your kids in a blink! Snow World is in Antalya, so if you’re based elsewhere, you may have to drive for a bit, but you’re guaranteed to cool down once inside! With a constant ambient temperature at -5°C, long sleeves are in order! The low temperatures not only ensure you’ll feel refreshed instantly, but they also maintain the natural snow quality. In short, a visit to Snow World allows you to combine an escape to the snow with a beach holiday in Turkey. Snow World is located near Konyaaltı Beach, right next to Antalya Aquarium. You can order your tickets online.

5. Have a kar şerbeti

Crushing The Ice For The Kar Şerbeti

Crushing The Ice For The Kar Şerbeti

You don’t know how refreshing a kar şerbeti is until you’ve tasted it. If you’re wondering what it is, the best comparison would be to say it is a sort of homemade slush, only better. Much better. Why? Well, the name of the drink reveals a bit of its origin, because kar is the Turkish word for snow. And that is what this drink is traditionally made of; crushed up snow from the mountains with a bit of flavored syrup added to it. (that would be the şerbet part). Of course, nowadays, if you buy a kar şerbeti from a market stall, it will most probably be crushed ice instead of snow. Still, the drink is as refreshing as it always was. Trust us, if you’re looking for an instant cooling effect with a flavor, kar şerbeti is the way to go.

Cool Down, Have A Kar Şerbeti

How To Cool Down In Summer? Have A Kar Şerbeti!

In fact, this drink probably deserves a spot in our list with must-try food in Turkey. Head to the market or keep an eye out for road stalls with a kar şerbeti sign. Pick your favorite syrup. Usually, you’ll have the choice between lemon, cherry or pekmez, (which is a concentrated syrup commonly made of grapes), and wait for them to crush the ice before your eyes. If you’re fortunate, you’ll get to order it from an experienced vendor who crushes the ice so perfectly, that it doesn’t fall out of the cup if you turn it around. Now, don’t take any chances, and keep yours straight up!

6. Visit a cave

Cool Down, Visit A Cave

Cool Down, Visit A Cave

Too hot in Turkey? Visit a cool cave! Well yes, caves are often cool in more than one way. When visiting Keloğlan Cave near Denizli for example, you’ll enjoy pleasantly cool temperatures as well as out-of-this-world stalagmites and stalactites. As soon as you enter a cave, the summer heat makes way for cool air. In recent years, plenty of caves opened to the public. They are attractive and interesting places to visit for adults and children alike. Also in the Denizli area, is Kaklık Cave, which is a sort of underground Pamukkale. Near Bodrum, check out İncirliin Cave. Are you staying in Antalya? Then Altınbeşik Cave is a great spot to escape the summer heat.

7. Go to a museum

Cool Down, Go To A Museum

Go To A Museum

Do you need to cool down but you fancy a culture dose? That’s when a trip to a museum is in order! Not to worry, you don’t need to be in Istanbul to visit one, cities all over Turkey have bigger and smaller museums. A lot of them feature artifacts found at ancient sites in the area, but there are very different ones too, such as the Toys Museum in Antalya old town; a great place to visit if you’re traveling with kids or if you fancy a bit of nostalgia. If you’re looking to visit a more quirky museum in Turkey, the Avanos Hair Museum in Cappadocia should be on your list.

8. Find a great spot to swim

Cool Down, Find A Great Spot To Swim

Cool Down, Find A Great Spot To Swim

If you’re too hot, any spot to swim will do, even the tiniest little pool. But let’s be honest, some swimming spots are more spectacular than others. And why not enjoy some stunning scenery during your attempt to cool down? If you’re looking for an easy way to find waterfalls near you, try Google Maps and allow it to use your location. Enter şelale (the Turkish for waterfall) in the search field, and check out the results. Be cautious; some results may include restaurants with the word şelale in their name. Also, not all waterfalls have the options for you to swim near them. Still, the photos should give you a relatively good idea of what to expect and if it is at all possible to swim.

9. Shop till you drop in a shopping mall

Cool Down, Shop Till You Drop In A Shopping Mall

Shop Till You Drop In A Shopping Mall

We know it is hard to believe, but for some, shopping is on top of their things to in Turkey list. Shopping malls are not our preferred habitat, but we have to admit that they are lovely and cool on a hot summer day. In short, they are the perfect place to cool down AND go on a shopping frenzy at the same time. You’ll find that most shopping malls offer a lot of familiar brands at a fraction of the price you would pay back home.

10. Have a çay or ayran and play tavla under a grapevine

Cool Down, Have A Çay Or Ayran And Play Tavla Under A Grapevine

Have A Çay Or Ayran And Play Tavla Under A Grapevine

Now, this is a fabulous combination of things! It is almost something that would qualify as a quintessential Turkish experience. Though statistics indicate that locals drink significantly less tea (çay) during the hot summer months, it is still very much a favorite drink. As an alternative, consider drinking ayran, a typical Turkish drink made of yogurt, water, and salt. It is often sold prepacked, but we prefer the homemade and fresh version which has a lovely foamy head and a smooth texture. Ayran is the perfect summer drink in Turkey. Served chilled, salted ayran prevents dehydration much better than any other cold drink will. So, if you want to know how to cool down in summer the local way, this is it. Find a spot under a grapevine, order an ayran, and get ready for a lovely game of tavla (the Turkish version of backgammon). There’s a good reason the locals spend their afternoons this way, it works!

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