What's the weather like in Altinkum in December
The final month of the year in Altinkum is a quiet affair, but a wonderful one for those who wish to see the other side of this rather busy resort during the summer months. To experience a holiday resort when it is largely closed is a peaceful affair, and offers a great base for exploring further afield too.
If you are visiting during the Christmas period, you will see a few celebrations from ex-pats in the area, and a stay in the resort will give you peace and serenity away from what can be a busy period back home. On top of this, you can expect an average temperature of around 7°C throughout the month, which can rise up to 9°C as an average high.
You might not think this sounds so impressive, but the major difference between here and back in the UK, for example, is that the sun certainly shines in abundance despite the beginning of winter, with around 7 hours of sunshine per day on average. We all know that even if it's a littler cooler, seeing the sun shining is a wonderful feeling.
December evenings are typically quite chilly at this time of year, and average lows of around 5°C will greet visitors. The temperature drops quite dramatically by late afternoon, so do take a jacket with you if you are planning to stay out past sunset.
Despite the cooler air temperature, the Aegean still remains very warm indeed, and if you are brave enough to head out, you will be treated with an average water temperature of around 18°C. You won't find much in the way of water-sports at this time of year, but diving and swimming are still possible for those who want to experience water-based fun.
The majority of the region's rain does fall during this time of year however, and you can expect to see around 173mm of the wet stuff throughout the month, which does affect around 13 days. This is on par with the wettest month of the year, January. Simply grab an umbrella and don't let it stop you exploring the beauty of the region during the winter months.
Altinkum Hotels in December
Your winter stay in Altinkum will probably take on a quite homely feel, and there are many apartments and villas open for rent during the December period. Summer House is a top-rated choice, which is around a mile away from the resort centre, and has a holiday home feeling, sleeping up to four people. You can enjoy garden views and a sun terrace for those sunnier days, including all mod-cons. Alternatively, Zeynur Aparts are located a similar distance away, with an outdoor pool for warmer days, and Wi-Fi for staying connected.
If however you prefer something more upmarket, check out Aqua Vista Holiday Village. This is set in a quiet area, and consists of two bedroom apartments, which sleep up to six people. Try the spacious Penthouse which two sun-terraces with panoramic views. There is an indoor pool open all year around, fitness centre, and massage area. The establishment also offers a shuttle service into the town, making it easy to get around without hassle.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurants open in the resort during this time of year tend to be more authentic, however there are a few more mainstream establishments open during the off season, particularly for ex-pats and locals.
Firin Ankara Simit & Unlu Mamuller is a bakery offering delicious pastries and Turkish breads, which are fantastic for either stocking up and taking back to your apartment, or for munching on the go, as you explore the area. If you prefer a sit down meal however, check out Charlie's Bar, a very highly regarded bar in the resort, with delicious food and large portions.
If you're wanting a spot of international food however, perhaps Chinese for instance, then Golden Dragon is your destination, with a large menu to work your way through.
Things to do in Altinkum in December
December is a very quiet time to visit Altinkum but that doesn't mean it should be avoided by any means, as there is plenty to see and do, certainly showing you an authentic way of life. The Saturday market, situated near the bus station in the resort, is a great place to head to buy fruits and vegetables, where you can certainly fill your basket for very little cash. Alternatively, why not indulge in another famous winter pastime and have a BBQ on the beach? You'll see locals doing this most nights of the week.
Altinkum is close to many other towns and cities, and it is very easy to get around thanks to a very comprehensive bus network, which is very easy to use. Aydin is around two hours away by bus, and is a very cultural city; this is probably where you will see some of the best examples of true Turkish life. Guzelcamli National Park is a beautiful spot to head to just outside of the city, with nature to enjoy, especially during sunset and sunrise.
Aydin itself should definitely be explored, and the large shopping mall, Forum Aydin, is a great place to head to for big names and major bargains make sure you have space in your suitcase for your purchases!