Averages for Side in April
The ability to have more fun in the sun begins to ramp up in April in Side. The average temperature for this month is 16°C which is 3 degrees warmer than the previous month. The lowest recorded temperature in April is 11°C, which occurs during the night, and the warmest recorded temperature is 21°C, which happens at noon.
The average rainfall for the month is only 44mm, spread throughout eight days of the month. April is dryer and hotter as compared to the first quarter of the year. Less rain and thunderstorms will be experienced in this month.
The average daily sunshine in April is 11 hours per day, which is an hour more compared to the previous month. During this time of the year, it is best to visit the markets and go on tours with light clothing to keep you comfortable. Although it is still not summer, the weather, climate conditions, and sunshine hours make it suitable for tourists to experience outdoor activities.
In April, the sea temperature is now at 18°C, which is great for a swim at the beach. The water will not bite your skin and is almost perfectly suitable for a dive. The busy diving season hasn’t started yet, but the water is tolerable enough for about a 30 minute dip. It is best to go swimming at noon or later for warmer sea temperature conditions.
The Mediterranean breeze is best felt during this month. The wind from the sea makes the climate cooler and more pleasant for tours and strolls at the beach. The stifling heat is nowhere to be found this time of year, making walks on the Aspendos bridge, an ancient city often visited by people who appreciate the Greco-Roman architecture, perfect.
At night, when the temperature drops to about 11°C, you can choose to party at different clubs, such as the Athena Club or Piknik Pub Bar to heat things up. There are fewer tourists in April as compared to the summer season, which means you can experience exclusivity in clubs for parties. This month is also perfect for dining out in different restaurants and bars surrounding the small town, with options for either quiet nights or party nights, depending on your mood.
Where to Stay
The Q Spa Resort is a secluded resort on the beach which has fairly reasonable priced apartments. With their seven-course meal served in their award winning beach club, you will think about extending your stay in Side.
Q Spa Resort Exterior, Side.
For those looking for a luxury place to stay, the perfect spot is the Commodore Elite Suites and Spa. With high-end amenities and facilities, you can pamper yourself and your family. Located in Evrenseki-Side, this five-star hotel has one of the coziest hotel rooms in town. The Romance Suit is their biggest and top of the line accommodation. It is located on the top floor for a better view of the Mediterranean Sea with two balconies, one of which has a Jacuzzi.
Things to do
Going to the Side and Manavgat market should be on top of your “to-do” list when visiting the town in April. On Mondays you can buy souvenirs, clothes, and watches at the Side market for affordable prices. If you want even cheaper options, head to the Manavgat Main Market for similar items, in addition to local fruits and vegetables. One of the best local products of the town is the strawberries, which you can find at this market.
The Greek Amphitheater and the Side Museum are the perfect destinations to experience the history and culture of the town. The ancient ruins of Side express great and lasting architecture and engineering techniques of the Roman Empire. This tourist destination, before it became a museum, was an ancient agora bath in the 5th and 6th centuries AD and only became a museum in the 1960’s. The exhibits were discovered by Prof. Dr. Arif Mufid Mansel in 1947.
For the active individual, Active Nature Tours is the best option for a sunny April day. You can go on bike tours, trekking, or even rafting. On the tours, you can come across small and quaint Turkish villages, enjoy the gravel paths and green forests, and see the natural paradise of Turkey. Some tours even come across the Gizli Cennet waterfall, a secret paradise that only a few tourists know of, and swimming here is also allowed.
The Manavgat Dolphin Park is a bit far from Side, but still is a great destination for families who want to enjoy a water show with dolphins and walruses. Shows begin at 9:00 AM. A boat cruise in the picturesque Green Canyon is also a good whole day, family activity.
Green Canyon, Side.
Hit the Beach
The average see temperature this month is now at 18 which is one degree warmer than last month’s average and warm enough for a swim or water sports activities like Jet Skiing, parasailing, or taking a ride on a Ringo or banana boat. Sef Watersports also offers extreme watersports like water skis and speedboats. Their latest attraction for the adrenaline junkie is the flyboard experience. This newest water sport is becoming a craze because it allows the user to rise up to 10 meters above the water and fly like a dolphin jumping out of the water. For those who prefer a relaxing time in the water, you can rent a boat to sail the waters, or try out their water sofa.
Swimming is best done during noon and the early afternoon when the water is at its warmest and the sun can also give you extra heat to compensate for the cool 18 sea temperature. Walks on the beach and other activities in the sand are also best late in the afternoon because again, of the heat during this time.
Eating and Drinking Out
The Panorama Restaurant in the Crystal Sunrise Queen Luxury Resort & SPA offers great food for guests and walk-in clients. Food is served as early as 7 AM and last call for late night snack is at 11:45 PM. Swimwear is not allowed during evenings and instead long trousers must be worn for dining. In the same hotel, you can walk just a few steps to enjoy the sunset in the Sunset View Bar serving local and international drinks. Disco starts at midnight for those who want to party and dance.
Conny’s Restaurant is a top rated restaurant in Side for a delightful Turkish gastronomical experience. Meals are affordable, tasty and suitable for all the family. The Umut Pide is a great kebab restaurant that serves a famous pepper steak and lentil soup. For romantic and yet affordable dining, try Liman Restaurant Lounge Club. You can dine under the stars near the harbour and enjoy great live music with your loved one in this romantic spot in Side.
Liman Restaurant Lounge Club Dining, Side.
April events in Side
Antalya International Choir Festival
11th April 2015 to 15th April 2015
Choir Days in Antalya is a yearly festival and features music from around the world. In 2014 the theme of the festival revolved around the "9th Symphony" by Ludwig van Beethoven. Over 120 singers and 100 musicians attended the event, including the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra. The best choir will be awarded a grand total of 1000 Euros, making it a very competitive event and attracting some of the best musicians in the region.
15th April 2015 to 22nd April 2015
Known as Tourism Week, locals provide vistors with Turkish culture through music, food, and performances. Every year there is a different theme, which could be anything from water sustainability to protecting the environment. In recent years there has been a small music concert held at the Kalkan harbour, organised by the Kalkan Belediye to bring the event to a close. Whilst in town there will be various Turkish delicacies on offer at restaurants, cafes and stalls.
25th April 2015
Members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during WWI are honored every year on April 25th. It is observed as a national day of rememberance.
International Children's Festival
18th April 2015 to 24th April 2015
Antalya's Children's Festival is an international event devoted to concert performances, street games, and folk dancing by and for youth from all over the world. Other activities include circus performances, rhythmic gymnastics, street games and more which will be available for children aged from 8 years to 14.
National Sovereignty and Children's Day
23rd April 2015
Children take Turkish Parliament seats on this day and govern the country for 24 hours. This is an official holiday in Side, Turkey. Government offices, schools, and most businesses are closed on this day. Public transportation routes may vary due to street performances. People attend local ceremonies and lay wreaths at monuments of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was the founder of the Turkish Republic. Some common symbols for this day include: a globe symbolizing the world, a group of children holding hands which symbolizes unity, and the Turkish flag which symbolizes Turkish statehood.
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
26th April 2015 to 3rd May 2015
Be a spectator at this well-known cycling event. Watch as bikers from all over the world give their all in the race to the finish line. The event originally started in 1963 and was named "Marmara Tour." The race is split into 8 stages, starting in Alanya and finishing in Istanbul. The tour is one of the most popular sporting events in the whole of Turkey and is broadcasted live on Turkey TV channels. There will be various viewing points around the area if you are interested in spectating this exhilarating event.