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The Southern Marmara and the North Aegean region are considerably cooler than the South Aegean and Mediterranean coast, but summer is still very hot. In July and August, the national park at Uludağ, in Bursa, remains refreshingly cool; with its skiing opportunities, it's also an attraction in winter. If you're here in colder months, soaking in Bursa’s thermal baths is a good antidote to the winter blues.

Travelers from New Zealand and Australia throng the Gallipoli Peninsula and nearby towns for the April 25 Anzac Day commemorations; other visitors may want to avoid the area at this busy time. Çanakkale, Gallipoli, Troy—which Homer referred to as a windy city—and Assos can all be gusty in late summer and fall.

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