Autumn begins in September and starts off on a warm note before temperatures begin to cool and the rain starts to pick up. However, this is still a great time to visit as the crowds begin to slack off, but the waters are still warm enough to enjoy. Temperatures on land are also still warm enough for visitors to not have to worry about bringing heavy coats or numerous sweaters. Now is a good time to see how this region compares to others in Turkey.
The average daily temperature for this time of the year is still a mild 24°C (75°F). With numbers like these, everyone can get out and enjoy what the region has to offer. The average overnight low is a pleasant 16°C (61°F). This may be cool enough to need one layer, but any more than that is not necessary. Despite a cooler start to the day, temperatures will quickly climb to a warm 31°C (88°F). At this point, visitors will need to bring with them shorts for later in the day.
There is also still plenty of sun to enjoy even though the year is getting older. Throughout the month, the region receives an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. When combined with small rain amounts, there is plenty of time over the course of the month to enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities. Rainfall amounts over the month begin to creep upwards, but overall it is still a very dry time of the year. The region receives an average of 11mm of precipitation over the month with only 4 days seeing any measurable rainfall.
Sea surface temperatures off the coast of Dalyan remain warm during the month. This is because it takes longer for water to cool off than it does land. As a result, there is somewhat of a lag when it comes to temperatures in the water. The average sea surface temperature for this time of the year is 25°C (77°F). With waters this warm, vacationers can still enjoy numerous water sports.
WHERE TO STAY
For those on a budget, the Faith Apartments are a great choice. Locally owned, visitors are treated like royalty no matter how long the stay. Guests are able to take advantage of airport transfers as well as some home cooking. While not a five star establishments, the hotel consistently gets good ratings and has guests return time and time again.
The Kano Hotel is a boutique establishment that is waiting to cater to a guest's every need. The hotel features ten nicely appointed rooms that come with air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. Guests can also go through the hotel to book adventures such as ATV trips and scuba diving at reduced rates. With great views and a bar in which to unwind at the end of the day, this is a great choice for a September holiday.
Visitors will also enjoy the peace and quiet at Mehtap Hotel Dalyan. Guests can choose from one of 16 rooms that feature a private bath, air conditioning and a twin or double bed. Guests can also relax by the hotel's swimming pool and enjoy a drink at the poolside bar. Children have their own pool and there is a snack bar for the whole family.
THINGS TO DO
Perfect for the couple that wants some privacy or the family that is looking for something fun to do together, renting a private boat can be a great idea. The boats come with a captain and there are numerous different routes to choose from and the guests can choose how long to spend at each stop.
One great way to wrap up a day is with a moonlight tour of Dalyan. With limited rainfall and just a few clouds, now is a good time to catch an awesome sunset and watch the moon come up over the waters. These tours will also include music and drinks as well as the opportunity to mingle with others from around the world.
HIT THE BEACH
Just a short drive away from Dalyan, is Phaselis located along the turquoise coast. September is still a great time to visit the region as sea surface temperatures are still a mild 25°C (77°F). This particular beach is ideal for families with small children because the waters are calm enough to allow swimming without any fear of large waves. Additionally, the beach is surrounded by ancient monuments allowing visitors to step back in time while getting some rays. The crystal clear waters are also perfect for those who want to snorkel and get a look at life under the sea.
RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE
It may look like a hole in the wall, but one of the best places in town to get a good drink and a quick bite to eat is Efe Bar. Located right in the heart of the city, this small establishment offers free nibbles for those who are enjoying a drink and just relaxing as the world goes by. A great spot for a light lunch, this restaurant should not be missed.
Caretta Pizza Restaurant is a great spot for a well-portioned meal and a great view of the tombs and boats floating along the river. The menu offers some of the best pizza in the city as well as a seafood platter for two that is to die for. Perfect for the entire family, guests will leave full and very satisfied and usually come back again.
One of the newer bars in the region is Rehab Bar and a great spot to make some new friends while enjoying a drink or two. Known as already having some of the best cocktails in the city, the bar also features pool tables and darts to keep everyone busy and having a good time. Guests can also watch sports on the many TVs or just relax and enjoy their drink.