April Weather Averages for Kalkan
Many people choose to visit Kalkan during April, as this is the final month before the summer season officially begins, and the final month of total rest and relaxation, away from the tourism of summer. There are many reasons for this popularity, not least that you can easily find cheap deals during this time, and crowds will certainly be much less. Many restaurants and attractions will begin to open up during April, especially towards the end of the m...
Many people choose to visit Kalkan during April, as this is the final month before the summer season officially begins, and the final month of total rest and relaxation, away from the tourism of summer. There are many reasons for this popularity, not least that you can easily find cheap deals during this time, and crowds will certainly be much less. Many restaurants and attractions will begin to open up during April, especially towards the end of the month in particular, and this is a good time to experience not only great weather and less crowds, but you can explore with a touristic safety net.
The weather experienced at this time of year is mild to say the least, with an average temperature of around 14°C, which reaches an average high of up to 19°C on the warmer days, especially towards the end of the month. To go alongside this, you can expect a huge 11 hours of sunshine per day which will increase even more by May. Whilst you might find daytimes very warm indeed, you will still find them pleasant, which is ideal for anyone who doesn't want to suffer the sometimes stifling heat that is to come during the peak summer months. This is the ideal month for outdoor activities.
If you are visiting the southern resorts of Turkey during this time, always remember a jacket for the evening times, as the average low temperature can dip down to a chilly 8°C in this particular resort, and surroundings ones such as Kas. On top of this, the sea temperature hovers around the 17°C mark, which although still a little cold for swimming for a prolonged period of time, is still warm enough for a paddle or a quick dip, if you so wish. The ideal months for swimming and beach time are just around the corner.
What to do
As the last month before summer officially arrives, April is a fantastic time to explore without major crowds. Hiring a car again is the best way to see everything, however now more visitors are beginning to arrive in Kalkan, you will find many tourist excursion agencies opening up, allowing you to see the area with the help of a guide, if you so wish. Define Tours are a popular choice, and one which many tourists use to book up on boat trips, and cultural excursions to the historical sites around the resort.
One place of natural beauty you simply must visit, ideal during the slowly elevating April temperatures, is Saklikent Gorge, also known as the Hidden City. This is the longest gorge in Turkey, and is also the second longest in the whole of Europe, located about 45 minutes from Kalkan itself. The high sculpted walls and the beautiful mountain scenery is stunning, and from April you are able to easily walk around and through the gorge with no problems, now the snow has melted away.
Once you head inside the site, you walk through a narrow walk-way, into Ulupinar Springs, with fast bubbling water beside you, before you head into the gorge itself. This is a must do for walking fans, nature fans, and basically anyone who wants to see an area of extreme beauty.
If heading into the area around Kalkan is giving you wanderlust, then another must do is a visit to the mountain village of Bezirgan. Again, tour operators will take you here on guided excursions, however the drive itself is worth the day out. This is a traditional Turkish village which is very reliant on agriculture and farming, and will show you everything you need to know about the other side of Turkey – the authentic lifestyle you don't see in the tourist resorts.
Alternatively however, if you're staying in the resort and wanting to do a spot of shopping before the crowds arrive, then leather should be on your shopping list. The quality of leather goods in Turkey is famed, and Class Leather in Kalkan is a place to go for no hassle shopping, of a very high quality.
Where to stay
Because Kalkan has maintained much of its traditional charm in the face of tourism, the accommodation on offer during the quieter months is very traditional too, which is a great way to experience the local culture. If you are visiting the resort during April then the weather will certainly be mild enough to get out and about, meaning your base doesn't have to be quite so central. Kleo Pension is a small and authentic hotel, which is actually a restaurant with rooms above it. The bright rooms are furnished in a traditional Turkish way, and you can enjoy an authentic Turkish breakfast overlooking the sea every morning.
Alternatively, Smart Aparts are located in a peaceful residential part of the resort, which gives you a cosy homestay environment for your holiday. Many rooms also offer sea and mountain views to enjoy, however if you want an epic panoramic view of the sea, then Atherina Hotel is for you. The gardens are beautiful, as a great way to soak up the warm, spring sun, and you can request a sea view facing room. The buffet breakfast is also served al-fresco.
Restaurants & Nightlife
More and more restaurants are opening now spring has arrived in Kalkan, and more establishments are opening in preparation for summer, which is due to arrive next month. Samphire Restaurant offers fantastic views of the harbour, with delicious authentic food – the kofte is particularly delicious.
The Brothers Café & Restaurant is a great choice for Turkish food too, and the seafood is freshly caught that day. This particular restaurant is a good choice for those who are staying close to Kalamar, and a good choice for those not wanting to walk too far. Alternatively, Kappari Restaurant is another seafood choice with amazing views – the theme of most restaurants in the resort!