What's the weather like in Altinkum in March
Spring has sprung! March is the first official month of spring, and with it you will see a slow improvement in the weather, especially noticeable as the month wears on. Whilst the resort is generally closed for tourism during the off season, not opening fully until the end of April, into May, there is still plenty to see and do, and a more residential, authentic feel around the whole area.
Altinkum sees an average temperature of around 8°C now spring has arrived, and this is a definite improvement from February's lower temperatures. On good days, the mercury can rise even further, reaching into double figures, at 11°C as an average high temperature great news for those wanting to head out and explore. Evenings are still colder, at an average low of 4°C, so do wrap up warm if you are heading out at night, especially if you are walking near to the sea, where it generally feels chillier.
Despite all this however, the sun certainly shines in abundance, and those sunshine hours during the day are creeping up as the month progresses, with an average of 9 long hours of sunshine on average throughout the month this is a sure sign that summer is not that far away.
The sea temperature at this time of year tends to hold steady, at around 16°C as an average temperature, quite static from the beginning of the year, and whilst it is a little cold for swimming, those wanting to dive and head out fishing can still do so. There are many charter boats still available, especially if you talk with a local down by the harbour; you will notice that fishing is a very popular winter activity amongst residents, and if you are wanting to experience authentic Turkey during the winter months, this is a good place to start.
Altinkum Hotels for March
During the closed season you will find that many hotels are located between Altinkum and Didim, however the two resorts are so close together that it's easy to get around, thanks to the local bus network. Sultans and Kings Hotel is a great choice, overlooking the sea, and with an on-site restaurant that serves meals all day long.
Alternatively, the Seaside Apart Hotel gives you a home away from home feel to your March break, and this is another family-friendly choice, as their dedicated family rooms mean you can relax completely.
If you want to stay in total luxury however, check out Royal Residences, which is located around 100m from the beach, and is modelled on buildings from Roman times. The outdoor pool is heated during the cooler months, and the apartments themselves are spacious and modern, sleeping up to seven people.
Bars and Restaurants
Sometimes you just want something a little different when you're away, and in that case Altinkum is home to Ja Ja Bistro & Café Bar, where you can sample all manner of different cuisines, including French, British, and Turkish. This particular restaurant also do a line in healthier options, which is great for those who want to watch their waistlines whilst they're away.
Mavi Kitchen & Bar is famed for its Sunday roasts, but they also offer many other options on a very large menu, so nobody goes hungry. Prices here are reasonable, especially considering the picturesque location it inhabits.
For delicious Mediterranean food, head to Circus Restaurant. This is non-smoking restaurant, who don't play loud music, so it is a great option for a chilled-out night with a loved one.
Things to do in Altinkum in March
The weather continues to improve as spring arrives in Altinkum, and you can explore the resort and surrounding region much easier, despite the chance of rain. If you're keen to enjoy a spot of retail therapy and you're not finding the shops in Altinkum fill your needs during this quieter time of year, head to neighbouring Didim and shop for souvenirs. Turkey is a great place to find not only designer fake goods, but also handwoven carpets and kilims, leather goods, and top class jewellery for much lower prices.
On a dry day, a fishing expedition is a great idea. You will find regular tours leaving Altinkum Harbour, and there are private charters available too. The waters around this part of the country are rich in marine life, and fishing is a very popular activity during the quieter months, and will show you a truly traditional and authentic side to the resort.
Of course, Turkey is a very historic country, and you will find many areas of importance no matter where you go. Altinkum is very close to the historic site of Ephesus, a former city. During the summer months this is a very busy attraction, and you will find queues in abundance. The hot weather can also mean you don't get to explore the area properly, so the quieter times, such as March, are ideal for checking out the history and architecture of this very special site.
There are countless historical attractions in Ephesus, including St Luke's Grave, Domitian Square, Fountain of Pollio, and Hercules Gate to name just a few, and a full day here is recommended, including your camera!