Averages for Icmeler in May
In the course of May the weather slowly but steadily moves towards summer. The average daily temperature in Icmeler in May is 17°C, a significant six-degree increase since April. The average daily high temperatures climb above the 20°C mark for the first time in the year and now are a comfortable 21°C. The average daily lows remain fairly cool though, at 12°C. Those temperatures rise in the course of month; they rise significantly actually, with a...
In the course of May the weather slowly but steadily moves towards summer. The average daily temperature in Icmeler in May is 17°C, a significant six-degree increase since April. The average daily high temperatures climb above the 20°C mark for the first time in the year and now are a comfortable 21°C. The average daily lows remain fairly cool though, at 12°C. Those temperatures rise in the course of month; they rise significantly actually, with a four-degree difference between May 1 and May 31. The temperature of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas also begins to rise. It now is 19°C, which is still warmer than the temperature of the air. In comparison, the sea temperature is coldest in February and March at 16°C and warmest in August and September at a very comfortable 25°C.
Another significant increase is seen in the amount of sunshine per day. The average day in May has nine hours of sunshine, a significant three-hour increase since April. April is the fifth-sunniest month of the year, after the four summer months June, July, August and September. The days also lengthen in the course of the month; the length of the days increases by 47 minutes throughout May, a daily increase of 1.5 minutes. May 1 is the shortest day of the month with 13.42 daylight hours. May 31 is the longest day with 14.29 hours of daylight. In April, a day is sunny for about two-thirds of the time.
The increase in hours of sunshine is related to the decrease in cloud cover. This decrease is huge in the course of the month. While May 1 still has 52% of cloud cover, by the end of the month, on May 31, cloud cover is 31%, a full 21% less. May 31 is overcast for only 10% of the time. Summer is definitely on its way!
Another major weather factor that is related to cloud cover is precipitation. With less cloud cover comes, of course, less rainfall as well. The total amount of precipitation in May is only 18mm and there are only a handful of rainy days. The chance of rainfall decreases greatly throughout the month. May 1 is the wettest day of the month with a 27% chance of precipitation. May 31 is the driest day with a chance of rainfall of 14%. Three main types of precipitation are observed in May: thunderstorms, light rain and moderate rain. Thunderstorms are the most common, occurring on 54% of all rainy days. Light rain and moderate rain come in second and third, happening on 33% and 12% of the days of rainfall respectively.
May is a transitional month in Icmeler. It marks the end of the wet and cool winter season and the beginning of the extremely dry and hot summer season. This may be the best time of year to visit, as the huge summer crowds haven't arrived yet, the skies are clear and temperatures comfortably warm.
Things to do
Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is a popular day trip from the resort. This island is famous for the golden sands of Cleopatra Beach and the ancient city of Cedrae. The legend goes that Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius used to swim there and that the golden sand was transported from Egypt. Besides spectacular beaches, there are also amphitheatre ruins and Boncuk Cove. Boat tours to the island take about two hours, including swim stops in Gokova Bay.
Icmeler and especially nearby Marmaris are one of the most popular boating destinations in the whole of Turkey and the selection of boat tours, cruises and excursions is enormous. During the day you can go on cruises and excursions along the gorgeous coastline, to paradise-like islands and to secluded beaches. Besides Sedir Island and Gokova Bay, other destinations include the Phosphorus Cave, Paradise Island and Turunc Beach.
Cruise around the Phosphorus Cave. Image by Ilian Dimitrov.
In the evening, young adults would probably prefer going on a party cruise, which is basically a boat trip on a floating nightclub, while moonlight cruises are a great alternative for people who prefer a quieter evening. These three-hour moonlight cruises allow you to enjoy stunning Mediterranean sunsets. Dinner is complimented by live music or belly dance performances. The on-board bar serves cocktails, wines and champagne.
Where to eat and drink
If you are paying a visit Sedir Island and are feeling hungry, you can go fill your stomach at Cinar Restaurant in Camli Village. This restaurant is located right next to a beautiful promenade and is particularly well-known for its great breakfasts.
The Holiday Restaurant and Bar is located in the heart of Icmeler, a five-minute walk from both the beach and the main shopping areas. This restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and serves a mix of European and Turkish food. The menu consists of steaks, pizzas, chicken dishes, seafood, pastas, several different Turkish kebabs, meatballs, six casseroles and so on. There is also a British section on the menu, which includes fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, liver and onions with gravy, roast beef, shepherd's pie and roast lamb. A vegetarian menu is available as well. The Holiday Restaurant and Bar regularly organises Turkish nights, karaoke night and quizzes.
Holiday Restaurant and Bar.
Where to stay
One of the best places you can stay at in the resort is Marti Resort. This superb five-star accommodation is located amid lush exotic gardens and at its own private beach. That beach, by the way, is 115 metres long and 33 metres wide. The Marti Resort is made up of beautiful stone and wooden buildings, set in gardens with pathways and fountains. This hotel has no less than five restaurants, a patisserie and two bars. Other amenities, activities and facilities are a tennis court, fitness centre, basketball court, beach volleyball court, pool table and billiards; an open-air cinema, a 250-person theater, live music and animation; a spa, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, mini-market and even more.
Sun Blue Apartments is an apartment complex that is run by a family and is located behind Marti Resort and fifty metres from the beach. The apartments are set within a green garden and around a central courtyard with a pool, lounge chairs and shaded tables. There is a snack bar adjacent to the swimming pool, a restaurant, bar with TV and billiards, and an entertainment program that includes Turkish nights and live shows.
Sun Blue Apartments.