31-01-2023 - Tips & Guides

Istanbul in February 2023: Wheather, Events, and More

Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in the world and is a dynamic metropolis. Millions of people travel through Istanbul every year as a result of its advantageous location on two continents, which makes it the ideal stopover when traveling between the East and the West.

So if you decide to travel to this amazing city in February don’t be afraid. Don't let the fact that February isn't everyone's preferred month for a travel stop you from going to Istanbul. There are a lot of benefits to visiting Istanbul in February; some people might even enjoy it at this time of year!

There are a few things you should take into account when making travel plans if you intend to visit Istanbul in February 2023. In this article, we'll discuss what the weather is like in February, the best places to visit, upcoming events, and of course, our insider tips. But before we begin, let’s check out Istanbul Tourist Pass®.

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Weather in February 2023

It may be the coldest of the year in February. Istanbul in the month of February is the peak of winter, just like the vast majority of other European cities. Although the cold is not as severe as it is in Central Europe, it can snow in Istanbul in February.

Istanbul is a coastline city, hence daytime temperatures are highly variable. Average daytime temperatures of 7°C, with highs of about 10-12°C, and overnight lows of 3-4°C are to be anticipated.

In February 2023, we don’t expect to snow in Istanbul but there will be many rainy days. In the later days of the month, we expect mostly sunny days.

What to Wear in February 2023

Istanbul will be cold and rainy in February but unlike previous years, this year we don’t expect it to snow. But it doesn’t mean that it won’t be cold, contrary pack your light snow wear and warm coats. We expect rainy 10 days in February so it is a great idea to bring your waterproof shoes. Gloves and wool hats are great to have with you.

But don’t pack too heavy because inside spaces will be warm and other than that if you need anything thicker you can easily buy it in Istanbul. Especially with the recent economic condition, Istanbul is now a paradise for shopping lovers. You can buy quality clothes, coats, and boots for bargain prices.

Is It a Good Idea to Visit Istanbul in February 2023?

If you love your chilly weather, hot drinks, and less crowded places, then yes! If you're coming in February 2023, the windy weather, chilly temperatures, and rain may cause you to look for shelter more frequently.

In light of this, you should search for the top indoor attractions this amazing city has to offer. And happily, the majority of Istanbul's top attractions are indoors, or at the very least accessible even when it's pouring outside.

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As we have told in the previous part, this year we expect a warmer February than in previous years. So, especially if you want to plan a romantic trip around Valentine’s Day, then don’t overthink, just buy the tickets!

Valentine’s Day in Istanbul

Istanbul is gorgeous with its natural beauty and rich past. If you are in love with someone, then it can be the most romantic city in the world. Especially on the Valentine’s Day! You may have a romantic dinner in the Bosphorus strait, have a Princes’ Islands tour, or you may go up to Galata Tower and see this amazing city together.

This year, in 2023, Valentine’s Day is a Tuesday. Take the whole day and turn it into a romantic memory this year. Take a Bosphorus Sightseeing Tour and feed seagulls together; visit a church and light candles for your love; have a romantic dinner in the Flower Passage. There is so much to do with your loved one! Keep this page and we will continue to add new suggestions for you to have the best Valentine’s Day in Istanbul.

Pierre Loti Hill

One of the top romantic destinations in Istanbul is Pierre Loti. The hill is named in honor of French author Julien Viaud. The author started writing his novels in a coffee shop after relocating to Istanbul. This hill bears his name, and he later changed it.

This place will fascinate you with its unique and endearing atmosphere. Istanbul's Pierre Loti is a wonderful tourist destination. It's also one of the best places to visit if you want to stand high above the city and enjoy a beautiful view of the Golden Horn and historical structures. Additionally, there are many eateries that serve delectable food. After your lunch, you can relax and take in the breathtaking scenery while smoking a hookah.

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Events in February 2023 in Istanbul

Istanbul hosts a wide variety of events, including plays, concerts, and theater productions. There are still plenty of activities you might like to attend even though nearly all of them are in Turkish. Catching some of the most well-known events in Istanbul is a terrific idea, especially if you want to experience the city like a local. Here are a few that might be of interest to you without thinking about the language barrier.

Ludovico Einaudi Underwater Tour

Ludovico Einaudi, one of today's greatest composers and pianists, will be at Zorlu Center two nights in a row as part of the "Underwater Tour"! So, if you love classical music and experience an amazing atmosphere you can join him on February 7-8.

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi built a musical bridge between old and new by blending classical music with elements and instruments of contemporary genres such as rock and electronic. Einaudi, who is at the top of the world of composition, has produced ballets, film music, and albums.

In the summer of 2021, Einaudi took his music to nature with a series of concerts immersed in the breathtaking landscape of national parks, nature reserves, streams, valleys, lakes, and pristine alpine meadows accessible only by walking. In his new solo piano album titled "Underwater", which was awarded the Opus Klassik award, released in 2022, he offers his listeners a concert that gives the feeling of a sincere conversation in the flow of emotions. With this concert, you’ll be able to listen to one of the greatest musicians of the time, don’t miss it.

Romeo and Juliet from the Monte Carlo Ballet

Can a love story continue to be popular after 400 years? The response would undoubtedly be "Yes" if the play was written by William Shakespeare and performed by the renowned Monte Carlo Ballet. There are many reasons to watch Romeo and Juliet, which will be performed this winter by an exceptional ballet company and rank among the most stunning theatrical productions in Istanbul!

Director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's reinterpretation of Shakespeare's timeless piece "Romeo & Juliet" will meet with art lovers at Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage on February 3 and 4. Creativity, education, and production are now united in Monaco to serve the art of choreography in a way that is unparalleled in the world of dance. You will watch, holding your breath, as the master choreographer reinterprets this timeless piece. Don't miss the Monte Carlo Ballet's interpretation of "Romeo & Juliet".

Nirvana Tribute Band on Kurt Cobain’s Birthday

Are rock lovers here? If yes we have a great event for you! The 'closest to real' Nirvana Tribute Band will celebrate legendary musician Kurt Cobain's 56th birthday this year at Zorlu PSM! On February 20, 2023, we will sing together the most popular songs of the legendary group, with the energy of Nirvana Tribute Band and feeling the spirit of rock 'n roll to our bones!

Nirvana Tribute is known as the world-renowned #1 international tribute band, having toured over a dozen countries including the USA, Serbia, Croatia, UK, Netherlands, and Turkey. They have appeared in magazines, television, and radio around the world. Considered the closest possible tribute to Nirvana, Nirvana Tribute has captured the attention of both the media and fans around the world with its explosive, high-energy live performances.

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Guided Topkapi Palace Museum Tour

Are you prepared to learn more about Topkapi Palace's outstanding past? Here, for almost 400 years, resided Sultans, ambitious courtiers, gorgeous concubines, and crafty eunuchs! You can get a fascinating look into their lives by exploring the palace's elaborate hallways, jewel-filled architecture, and renowned apartments.

With the Istanbul Tourist Pass®, discovering Topkapi Palace in the best possible way is so simple! With the help of Istanbul Tourist Pass® tour guides, you will appreciate learning about the Topkapi Palace's hidden tales, architecture, and history. Experience a breathtaking historical journey inside the beautiful Topkapi Palace!


Is February good time to visit Istanbul?

Yes, since it is off-season February is great for Istanbul especially if you are on a budget. There are many indoor activities in Istanbul on cold days. And Istanbul is the perfect city to be in on Valentine's Day!

Does Istanbul snow in February?

In February 2023, it is not expected to snow, but there will be rainy days. The weather generally will be around 5-10 celsius degrees.

Is Istanbul warm in February?

Yes and no, if you think 5-10 celsius degrees in winter is warm, then yes. But it is fair to say Istanbul is pretty cold in February but still warmer than Berlin or London!

What clothes to wear in Istanbul in February?

Take your waterproof boots and warm clothes with you if you are coming to Istanbul in January. You can always buy warmer clothes here instead of carrying them here.

Is it rainy in Istanbul in February?

In February 2023, it is expected to rain in Istanbul so don’t forget to bring your waterproof clothes and shoes with you.

What is the coldest month in Istanbul?

February is generally the coldest month in Istanbul but in 2023 the weather will be around 10 degrees celsius so it won’t be ‘that cold’.

Which is the best month to visit Istanbul?

Your travel expectations are what determines the best month to visit Istanbul. If you’d love to visit Istanbul when it is less crowded even if it is cold, then February is the best month to visit Istanbul.

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