Side: December Weather Averages
Averages for Side in December
The weather in December in Side continues to colder, as the winter season approaches, yet temperatures are relatively warm, especially compared to northern Europe and places like the United Kingdom. The average temperature in December is 12°C (54°F), while the average low is 8°C (46°F), and the average high is a comfortable 16°C (61°F). The beginning of December brings mostly cloudy days with a decent chance of rain and an average daily temperature of 13°C (55°C). The middle of the month sees even fewer sunny days and more clouds, an increased chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 12°C (54°F). While there is a slight increase in the amount of sun at the end of December, there are still mostly cloudy days with a greater chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 12°C (54°F). The lowest ever recorded temperature in December in Side is -4°C (25°F) and the highest ever recorded temperature is 26°C (79°F).
The average daily sunshine in December is just seven hours, which is down two hours from the previous month, and also the lowest total Side sees for the year. While this is a low amount for Side, it still gives visitors enough time to enjoy activities outside. Coinciding with less sun is an increase in the amount of rain this month. The average rainfall in December is 223mm, spread out over the course of 12 days. The average total is the second highest of the year for Side, and the amount of days is tied for the most, meaning that visitors should expect to see rain if traveling to Side this month.
The average sea temperature in December is 19°C (66°F), which is generally considered to be relatively cool for most people, although still warm enough for a swim. However, since the average high temperature in December is 16°C (61°F), visitors will likely not feel the urge to go swimming.
The average humidity this month is 68%, which is relatively low and not high enough to cause discomfort. The cooler temperatures in December will make the increase in humidity unnoticeable.
Where to stay
Side Star Elegance is a five-star hotel offering 327 rooms consisting of standard rooms, family rooms, and suites. All rooms come with air-conditioning, balconies, and wireless Internet. Some rooms also come with sea views. The hotel has several restaurants on-site, each offering a different type of cuisine, sure to please any guest. They also have nine different cafés/bars offering a variety of drinks. There is an outdoor pool and an indoor one that is heated during the winter, as well as a private beach area with complimentary sunbeds, umbrellas, and towels. The hotel also has a spa and a fitness centre and they are about a 13 minute drive from the city centre.
The Club Calimera Kaya Side has two buildings of rooms, with 272 of them in the main building, and another 160 in the adjoining building. They offer three types of rooms, economy, double, and family. All rooms come with air-conditioning, balconies (except the economy rooms), and satellite TV, and certain rooms also come with sea views. The Calimera offers all-inclusive dining, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet options available, as well as a one-time-per-stay dinner at their a la carte restaurant. Soft drinks, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, and snacks are available throughout the day as well. There is also a spa offering massages and sauna treatments, in addition to a fitness centre. The Calimera is about a 19 minute drive from the city centre.
The Club Calimera Kaya, Side.
Things to do
If you are looking for some adventure, consider renting quad bikes. These 2.5 hour rides travel through the Taurus Mountains and are a great way to experience a different part of Side. The rocky terrain, mud, pine forests, and streams make the perfect driving conditions for having some fun on your ATV. Drivers must be 16 years old or older and no prior driving experience is required. Anyone younger can still join, but they have to be accompanied by either a parent or a guardian. Transfer to and from your hotel is included in the tour.
Opened in 2000, the Dynasty & Linda S.P.A. Wellness offers a variety of body and beauty treatments. They have massages (eight different kinds), a salt room, a Jacuzzi, hamam treatments, a sauna, and a steam bath available for their guests. They also offer skin and hair care treatments, as well as manicures and pedicures. Reservations can be made online and their qualified and well-trained staff will be sure to cater to your needs. The wellness centre is about a nine minute drive from the city centre.
If you enjoy architecture and history, the Aspendos Bridge is perfect for you. The bridge crosses the Eurymedon River and was originally built by the Romans sometime in the 4th century. The bridge was damaged over time and subsequently rebuilt by the Seljuqs in the 13th century, using some of the existing foundation and is now what we see today. It was constructed out of stone and is an “arch” style bridge, stretching about 260 metres in length. The bridge can be visited at any time throughout the day and there is no fee required to enter the bridge. The bridge is about a 45 minute drive from Side.
The Aspendos Bridge, Side.
Where to eat and drink
Hawaii Restaurant and Bar is a great place for having fun while you also enjoy a nice meal. They are open from 8 AM until “late night” and serve a variety of options for all times of the day. Their menu consists of Turkish and Mexican options, but they also have pizzas cooked in stone ovens, burgers, and salads. They also have a full bar and are known for their mojitos and strawberry daiquiris. In addition to the great food/drink, there is always some kind of entertainment, from dance performers and fire eaters, to karaoke or live sports on their big screen TV’s. They are about a six minute drive from the city centre.
If you are a lover of seafood, La Filika is the place for you. They specialise in fresh fish and diners are shown their options before making a decision on which fish they want. They also offer other options like steak or fajitas. Be sure to go to this restaurant hungry, as the portions are large. There is also often live music, usually of the Turkish variety. The décor of the restaurant is modern and clean, and the servers are very attentive and accommodating. La Filika is about a three minute walk from the city centre.
La Filika, Side.
December events in Side
25th December 2015
Although natives may not observe Christmas Day, tourists can honor the holiday by shopping, eating in restaurants, visiting museums, or taking a stroll through the streets.
New Year's Eve
31st December 2015
New Year's Eve is one of the most popular holidays in Turkey and is celebrated by families joining for dinner. There is a national lottery drawing and several hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs offer special entertainment. Fireworks will of course light up the sky at the stroke of midnight. Many workers get a half day off on New Year's Eve and administration buildings, schools, and post offices are closed. Supermarkets will also close earlier than usual. Traffic might be a bit congested directly in the centre of Side because many people choose to celebrate there.