October in Dalyan begins to usher in the first significant cool down of autumn. While still a great time to visit the region, temperatures are much cooler than even just the previous month and tourists will need to bring some winter weather gear with them. Temperatures will get cooler later in the month, so it is important to examine an extended range forecast before leaving home in order to make sure that the right things are packed.
The average morning low for this time of the year is a chilly 12°C (54°F). With numbers like these, visitors will need a jacket for late night and early morning activities. The average afternoon high is much cooler than the previous month and only climbs to 25°C (77°F). While this is still pleasant, the cooler conditions do mean that winter is just around the corner.
Average sea surface temperatures are also beginning to cool during the month. However, it is still possible to enjoy one last month at the beach before winter really begins to set in. Water temperatures during this time of the year average a mild 23°C (73°F). This is still warm enough for short trips into the water.
Rain chances are on the increase throughout the month meaning that visitors will need to bring some raingear with them. While the month is not a complete washout, 6 days of the month will see measurable rainfall. The month sees an average of 44mm of precipitation. The amount of sun on a daily basis is also diminishing during this time of the year. Visitors will only be able to enjoy an average of 10 hours of sunshine each day. As a result, tourists will have to pack a little more into a shorter period of time in order to see all the sites that the region offers.
WHERE TO STAY
The Rota Hotel is a good choice for couples or families who do not want to break the bank while on holiday. With rooms that sleep either two or four people, the hotel also offers a pool to relax next to as well as other amenities of home. Each room has a private bath along with satellite TV and free WiFi. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite restaurant and bar.
Located at the base of the hills, Hotel Keskin Dalyan offers a little piece of paradise right on Earth. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and offer stunning views of the hills and historical rock tombs. The hotel features 101 rooms, making it one of the largest in the region. Guests can enjoy the pool, restaurant and bar and also spend time relaxing on their private balcony.
Those taking an October vacation will appreciate the welcome at the Binlik Hotel. Complete with a total of 62 rooms, there are plenty of styles to choose from making the hotel an ideal choice for the individual traveler, couple or family. Each room has a minibar, WiFi, satellite TV and air conditioning. Each private balcony offers stunning views of the sunset and guests can enjoy the indoor/outdoor restaurant as well as the pool and bar.
THINGS TO DO
The main points of interest at the city ruins of the Acropolis, which overlooks the city of Dalyan, the amphitheater which is very near the Acropolis and the palaestra complete with a domed basilica that was Byzantine in design and the roman baths.
Archaeological excavations on the site began in 1966 and continue to this day.
If the weather is not cooperating, one great place to spend some time is at Nur's Art Gallery. With beautiful, hand crafted pieces there is something there for most people to want to take home. This is a great way to bring back a little piece of authentic Turkish art without breaking the bank.
HIT THE BEACH
October is really the last month of the year when vacationers can enjoy the local beaches. Rainfall amounts will begin to pick up in the next few months and sea surface temperatures will also begin to cool. However, water temperatures in this time of the year are still around 23°C (73°F). Those looking for a laidback beach will enjoy Cirali. Located along the turquoise coast, this 3km long beach allows visitors to walk all the way to the ruins of ancient Olympos in addition to getting some sun. This beach is also home to numerous sea turtles that lay their eggs along the sand.
RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE
While it is situated just off a main street in the city, Kosk Restaurant manages to make guests feel as though they have stepped into a private oasis while enjoying a relaxing meal. With a menu that runs from fish, lamb and beef, there is something for everyone and all dishes use only the freshest ingredients. This little gem is not to be missed while in town.
Those with a sweet tooth will not want to pass up Gerda's La Café. With some of the best cheesecakes in town and other handmade delicacies, this is a great spot for a sweet treat and an excellent cup of coffee. For those who want something stronger, there is also a bar in the back and a recently expanded food menu.
Sunset Bar certainly lives up to its name and gives guests a great view of the setting sun and tombs while enjoying a drink in a relaxing atmosphere. The bar also has a buy one and get one free program for its cocktails that can't be beat. However, a welcoming staff will also have guests coming back again and again.