Dalaman: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||32 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||25 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||21 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||14 %|
Averages for Dalaman in March
March in Dalaman, Turkey is the first month of the year that starts to warm up, signalling spring is on its way. The average temperature, average highs and lows, and average sunshine increase from February as the average rainfall decreases.
The average temperature through March is 12°C (54°F). The average high increases to 17°C (63°F) from 14°C (57°F) in January and February. The average high gradually rises as the month goes on with the warmest period of the month occurring during the last ten days. The average low for March is 6°C (43°F). These lows are mostly seen in the first ten days of the month. As the daily high gradually rises, only one day in ten does it go over 22°C (71°F) or fall below 13°C (56°F). Daily lows exceed 12°C (53°F) or drop below 4°C (39°F) only one day in ten.
The average rainfall for March is 96mm, a drastic decrease from that of February, which saw 160mm. 96mm translates to on average 10 days of rainfall or about every 1 in 3 days. Like January and February, the most common form of rainfall for March is thunderstorms. These are most likely to occur towards the beginning of the month. Light rain and moderate rain are less common but also most likely to occur at the beginning of the month. The start of March sees a 39% chance of rainfall. Those hoping to avoid rainfall all together have the best chance at the end of the month which sees a 34% chance of it occurring.
The average humidity for March is 65% and ranges from 44% to 86%. It is rare for humidity to go below 27% or exceed 98%. The middle of March on average experiences the least amount of humidity.
Average sunshine hours for March increases to 10, from January and February’s 8. The average sunshine slowly increases as the month moves on with the most on average occurring towards the end of the month.
The average sea temperature stays constant with that of February at 16°C (61°F). This is the lowest average sea temperature of the year.
Things to do
March is a perfect time to learn to dive. Located in Fethiye, the British owned European Diving Centre is accredited by PADI and holds the status of 5 star Instructor Development Centre which is only given to the best diving training centres in the world. You will find courses for all skill types from the Beginners Day (£39) to Advanced Open Water (£180). There are packages offered that range from three to six weeks to help divers further their careers.
Also located in Fethive is Captain Midnight boat tours which provide a fun leisurely day for the whole family. You will start the day around 10:30 and go off to Boncuk Bay, Windy Bay, Tarzan Bay, Turunc Bay, and Aquarium Bay. You will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, rock climb, and explore. The Captain prepares a BBQ lunch with several options such as fresh caught fish, chicken and meatballs. The day finally ends at 18:00 returning to Fethive.
Hit the beach
A must visit beach while on holiday in Dalaman, is Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz. Oludeniz translates to “dead sea” but is not at all reflective of the beauty you will find here. Blue Lagoon is often cited as the most photographed beach in Turkey and for good reason. The turquoise blue water becomes very clear up close and with the mountains for a backdrop it is an absolute must see in person, pictures do not do it justice. To enter Blue Lagoon there is a fee of 4L per person. Although the beach is more pebbly than sandy, there are facilities such as bars, toilettes, sun beds, umbrellas, and water sports rentals. One very unique aspect of this beach is the fact that you will see many para gliders landing as Oludeniz is one of the most popular paragliding areas in the world. During the summer this beach is absolutely packed, so enjoy the off season and soak up this wonderful beach.
Eating & drinking out
If you are looking for an excellent value meal in Dalaman, check out Ali’s Place – Bar, Restaurant & Café. This Turkish English hybrid offers huge portions and low prices. Ali, the owner, is very welcoming and will make sure you are being taken care of. One of the most popular options is the Full English Breakfast. As this is a bar, restaurant, café combination, you are able to come at any time of the day and expect great service. This is a very family friendly place, and shifts to a buzzing atmosphere once the evening arrives.
For a true Turkish restaurant head to Mozaik Bahce in Fethiye. This restaurant was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014. Tucked away behind the post office and a pizza take away, this gem offers a lively atmosphere as well as al fresco dining. There are options such as chicken casserole, mixed grill platters, and a walnut and pistachio cake for dessert. Your meal finishes with complimentary Turkish coffee and fresh mint tea.
Where to stay
A great place to stay is at Beyaz Villas in Dalyan. These villas provide a great option for families as you’ll have a small kitchen and sitting room available. Located only 5 minutes from the town centre, you are close enough to everything without being in the middle of it all. Breakfast is included and daytime snacks and drinks are offered. There is a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool on site. There is also a free transfer to and from Dalaman airport.
If you are looking for a value stay, check out the Ozturk Hotel in Oludeniz. This hotel is close to the village but in a quiet setting. There are on site gardens with many flowers and trees. A fresh & organic breakfast is available as well as a variety of snacks served all day nto the night. The owner is known to have a BBQ for all of the guests. Relax by the pool and easily transition to the onsite bar for evening drinks.