Dalaman: May Weather AveragesDaily averages for May
|Sunshine Hours||13 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||51 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||15 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||10 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||4 %|
Daily averages for May
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Averages for Dalaman in May
May in Dalaman, Turkey is the last full month of spring and the effects of summer start to be felt. May sees average temperatures, average highs and lows, average sunshine and average sea temperature all rise from April. The average rainfall also decreases significantly with the dry season ahead.
The average temperature throughout May is 19°C (66°F). Average highs get to 24°C (75°F). These are mostly seen in the first 10 days of the month, with average highs approaching 27°C (80°F) by the end of May. Average lows go down to 13°C (55°F) and are also mostly seen at the start of the month with the end of the month averaging a low of 16°C (60°F). With May’s daily rising highs, the highs only go over 30°C (86°F) or below 20°C (68°F) one in ten days. Daily lows for May only go under 10°C (50°F) or above 19°C (66°F) one in ten days.
The average rainfall for May falls to 26mm, which is the fifth least rainfall for the year. This translates to on average 5 days of rainfall or every 1 in 6 days. The most common form of rainfall, like previous months, is thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most likely to occur at the beginning of the month. Light rain and moderate rain are less common forms of rainfall for May but are also most likely to occur at the beginning of the month. May 1st sees a 27% chance of rainfall while May 31st sees a 14% chance.
The average humidity for May is 66% and can range from 45% to 87%. It is rare for the humidity to go below 29% or rise above 97%. The end of the month is most likely to be the least humid.
The average sunshine hours really start to extend in May with 13. This is the second highest total for the year along with August. The average sunshine hours slowly increase as the month progresses with the highest amount of sunshine at the end of the month.
The average sea temperature begins to take on its summer form with an average of 20°C (68°F). This is the 4th lowest average sea temperature for the year but will gradually rise over the coming months.
Things to do
A great option if making the day trip to Bodrum is to take part in Aegean Gingers Segway Tours. Aegean Gingers offer the first instructed tour in Turkey using the Segway Personal Transporter. This is an activity for the whole family but riders must be at least 12 years of age. Tour length ranges from half an hour for the training tour to two and a half hours for the Bodrum Grand Tour. The Bodrum Grand Tour starts with a training session and then you are off to see Gumbet Bay, Myndos Gate and the Bodrum Castle among others.
View of Bodrum, Turkey. Photo by Yilmaz Oevuenc.
Another family activity is the Marmaris Jeep Safari. Located in Marmaris, this popular attraction takes you on a journey through the countryside on 4x4 terrain vehicles. You will experience village life when you stop for lunch in a local village. Hidden waterfalls in the forests, rolling hill views and pine forested mountains are just a few of the incredible scenes you will encounter on this fun tour.
Hit the beach
A great day trip for beach lovers is Sarigerme Beach located near Osmaniye. This is the place to go for an ideal beach holiday. There is an entrance fee that goes towards the maintenance of the beach. You’ll find that the fee is well worth it as this is one of the cleanest beaches in Turkey. The fee also helps maintain the facilities which include a cafeteria and very clean public toilets. The sea at this section of beach can get choppy, which makes it perfect for any water sport you’d like to participate in. The sand is almost a fine powder and there is access to sun loungers. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun, relax in the tree-shaded picnic area. One section of the beach belongs to the Hilton property nearby, but public access is still granted.
Eating & drinking out
A great family friendly restaurant is Hacis Café – Restaurant Bar, located in Marmaris. The owners, Gemma and Haci, go above and beyond making your visit special. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating to take in their buzzing atmosphere. You’ll find classics such as chicken parmesan, fish and chips, Cajun steak, and even a Sunday Roast. They offer free Wi-Fi and usually have a deal on their drinks such as buy one get one free when ordering a cocktail made with British spirits.
For a fun night out with great food and even better desserts, head to Peters Place in Gumbet. This Irish Turkish hybrid offers up huge portions in a lively atmosphere. The restaurant is an open concept with an open rooftop to take in the Turkish summer weather. Some items included on the menu are garlic mushrooms, rack of lamb and steak and mash. They are very accommodating in the fact that if you do not see something you like, you can ask for a certain dish and they will do their best. The must have dessert here is the cheesecake with one of the best Irish coffees you will ever have.
Where to stay
A budget friendly option in a great location is Hotel Istankoy in Bodrum. Guests often comment on the friendly vibe experienced here from the minute you check in. With the beach only 2 minutes walking and the centre of the city under 5, this hotel could not be more centrally located. There are 66 rooms and most come with a balcony and pool view. The hotel puts on different theme nights at the bar and pool including BBQ Nights, Turkish Nights and Karaoke Nights.
Those looking to splurge should have a look at the D-Hotel Maris in Marmaris. Providing 200 large, luxurious rooms, suites and villas, this is a hotel in which you can truly relax. Each room provides a deep soak bathtub with amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Some rooms will have a sea view and all rooms come with a private balcony. With six restaurants, six bars, a world class spa and countless recreational activities you will have an amazing holiday.
May events in Dalaman
Labor and Solidarity Day
1st May 2015
This day is celebrated by millions of workers across Turkey. Most workers will spend the day relaxing at home, however, some trade unions may take to the streets to demand for better working conditions and better pay, but this is more likely to take place in the capital, Istanbul, so you can expect it to be rather quiet in Dalaman on this day.
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
19th May 2015
Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, which is celebrated every year on May 19th, in the Republic of Turkey is a national holiday. Many people attend sports events on this day to cheer on their local sports teams. Most events are held at universities or sports stadiums.
1st May 2015 to 31st May 2015
The Sigla Festival of Culture and Tourism in Dalaman welcomes visitors with numerous activities that last for several days. There will be plenty of dancing, food and music on offer. Do not miss this festival held in May.
Muğla Dalaman Festivali
4th May 2015 to 12th May 2015
This festival celebrates the district's economy, tourism, cultural and social values. The festival will offer local produce such as cotton, wheat, sunflower seeds and corn. Live music is also likely to be played. The venue is yet to be announced.