Weather Averages for Antalya in April
Averages for Antalya in April
April sees temperatures climb steadily in Antalya as summer arrives in the resort. April marks the beginning of warm temperatures and it is just the beginning of the busy tourist season. Most of the hotels are now opening up again for the summer season, yet it is quiet enough to get a good spot on the beach and grab a bargain on accommodation before it becomes too crowded.
April sees an average daily temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. This average includes an estimated low of 10 degrees Celsius, which usually occurs in the night time, and an estimated high of 21 degrees Celsius. The Mediterranean Sea warms up to 18 degrees Celsius and creeping closer to warm enough temperatures to swim in. Regardless of the almost-summer time weather, the area enjoys 12 hours of sunshine each day. April also brings around 80 millimetres of rainfall to the area, which primarily falls over eight days in the month.
Dates for the diary
In April, Antalya and Turkey celebrates National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23rd. It was on this day in 1920, the Grand National Assembly was formed, which sparked the beginning of the Republic of Turkey three years later. On the same day in 1929, the modern founder of Turkey, Ataturk proposed a National Children’s Day. This day promotes spending time with children and teaching them about the values of peace and education.
Due in part to the National Children’s Day, Turkey also observes an International Choir Festival and an International Children’s Festival during April. The dates of these festivals vary depending on how the calendar falls. The International Choir Festival brings talented choirs from around the world to Antalya to perform for audiences and compete for awards and placements. The International Children’s Festival brings games, concerts and other performances to the streets of Turkey to herald promoting happy, well-cultured children.
Things to do
Termessos is a well-recommended day trip from Antalya that typically takes around half of a day. This ancient city ruins are located near a beautiful national park so there is something for history and nature buffs alike. Termessos is built into the mountains and have spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. This region of Turkey is very well preserved both in terms of the natural resources and historical ruins. Termessos will be a beacon of tranquillity compared to the busy streets of Antalya.
A truly unique experience near Antalya is the Karain Cave. This cave can easily be visited within a day trip from the city and offers a view into a remarkable piece of history. This cave, which is a large series of caves, once served as dwellings for ancient humans. The cave is accessible after a solid hike and offered protection from the elements and wildlife. If you aren’t feeling up for a 300 metre uphill hike to see this cave, the trip is not recommended.
A must-see attraction within Antalya is the Harbour District or Marina. This waterfront area could take up to one or two hours of your day to explore the neighbourhood. If you are walking to the Harbour District from your hotel, it is recommended that you bring good walking shoes because the trek will be downhill at some point as this area is one of the lowest points in the city. Don’t forget to stop into one of the local cafes and enjoy a cup of coffee or one of the locally caught fish.
One popular beach near Antalya is the Cirali Beach. Cirali is a small village on the Mediterranean Sea with beautiful sandy shores. The beach is near ancient ruins and is a World Wildlife Fund protected area because of its loggerhead sea turtles habitats. There are also hiking paths to and from the beach area if you are feeling adventurous.
Where to eat & drink
Zaruri is a popular restaurant in Antalya for tourists and locals alike. Their menu is full of Turkish and Mediterranean classics made with local ingredients like eggplant, feta cheese and lamb. You can call ahead to make reservations as this restaurant is very busy. One of the main appeals of this restaurant is that it has air conditioning and observes a non-smoking environment. This alone makes the dining room cosier and relaxing.
For a quieter dinner, consider making reservations at the Café Sur Lounge. This restaurant is located within a charming building in historic Antalya. Slightly more expensive than the average eatery in the city, Café Sur Lounge has live performances while you dine including local jazz artists. The restaurant has an extensive wine list to choose from to pair with each of your courses.
If you are travelling to Antalya with a significant other, the Arma restaurant will be perfect for a romantic evening. This restaurant is located within the historic area of Antalya and has some of the most spectacular views of the Kaleici and the surrounding mountain ranges. Beyond the ambiance, the menu has exquisitely plated gourmet courses to choose from.
Where to stay
The Selvi Hotel is a budget-friendly accommodation for those who want to stay within the downtown area of Antalya. The hotel offers basic rooms and accommodations at fair prices but these are best suited for single or young travellers. The hotel is most popular with German and Russian travellers and anyone who just uses the hotel as a landing point between adventures. Regardless, the staff is friendly and willing to help guests with any requests they may have.
An alternate budget hotel that is more accommodating to all travelling parties in term of size and activity, the Temple Side has more rooms and features. Located in the city of Side, this hotel has 46 rooms, a 24-hour staffed front desk, air conditioning in every single room, laundry facilities and even a range of restaurants and bars with in its grounds and just outside of them. Despite not being located in the large city of Antalya, there is a large number of activities within walking distance of the hotel.
With a sprawling property, there is ample space to relax and explore around the IC Green Palace. Modern amenities and stylish accommodations are blended together in this large resort. Guests are privy to the hotel’s restaurants, bars, fitness centres and free shuttle bus services during their stay.
The staff and variety of all-inclusive features at the Royal Holiday Palace make it one of the best recommended hotels in Antalya. It can be hard to narrow down a list of all-inclusive hotels without looking at the prices but this one is held in high regard. Former guests of this 500 room hotel rave about its service and flexibility.
Breaking the all-inclusive style mould, the Titanic Beach Lara Hotel is undeniably modern and chic. Many popular all-inclusive hotels in the area rely on older styling while touting their features but this resort has both style and amenities. This fairly unique combination has resulted in rave reviews from former guests.
Titanic Beach Lara Hotel, Antalya.
April events in Antalya
8th April 2015 to 12th April 2015
This is the annual meeting of the Middle East Society for Gynecological Endoscopy at the Maxx Royal Hotel in Antalya on these dates. A gathering of physicians in the highly specialized field of gynecological endoscopy, topics will cover gyne conditions as adnexal masses and similar others that utilize endoscopy and surgical alternatives to treat these conditions other than conventional hysterectomy. Bipolar hysteroscopic surgery and endoscopy-assisted ARTs are also on the programme.
22nd April 2015 to 25th April 2015
MESMAP stands for Mediterranean Symposium On Medicinal And Aromatic Plants to be held at the Hotel ASKA Lara Deluxe Convention Center in Antalya. The conference will deal with natural and herbal medicines, as well as natural cosmetics. Also included are industrial processing technologies of medicinal and aromatic plants (maps), their legislations, literature, and marketing.
National Sovereignty and Children's Day
23rd April 2015
Today, young children take over the government of Turkey - for a day. In commemoration of the first Grand National Assembly which took place in 1920, families bring their children to lay wreaths at the different monuments of the founder of the Turkish Republic - Mustafa Kemal Ataruk. He had dedicated the new republic to children. The biggest ceremony will be at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara. In the Parliament in Ankara, school children will take seats in the assembly, elect their President, who will give a speech on national television, and symbolically govern for a day. A week before, children ages 8 to 14 of different nationalities were sponsored to live with Turkish families and learn the culture. These kids will later participate in festivals and on the last day, April 23rd, to also join a gala celebration.