I am traveling to Turkey with a friend the last two weeks in November on a tour and we are planning to extend on our own for the first week of December. We will have visited Istanbul (only for one full day), Canakkale, Kusadassi/E[hesus, Pumukkale, Konya, Cappadocia and Ankara. Our tour ends in Istanbul and for the free week in December, we were thinking about heading south to the coast (we have an offer of a house in Dalyan), but wondered about the weather and safety for two single women. Or should we spend the week in Istanbul? Or is there someplace else that you all would recommend?
I totally agree with the prior post. If you're going to face less-than-optimal weather, you're better off taking in all the attractions of Instanbul (many of which are indoors) than being on the coast, which is likely to be dead at that time of year. I didn't have any safety issues as a single woman in Istanbul, but just be aware that touts are pretty persistent. If you dress modestly and try to not stand out, you shouldn't have any issues. I would stay in the Taksim/ Istiklal area or Kadikoy/ Moda on the Asia side. I love the touristy Old City, but you really stand out there.