What's the Weather Like in Kalkan in December
The final month of the year means winter has finally arrived in Kalkan. You may consider winter to mean snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures, however this isn't actually the case in this part of the world; although it can occasionally reach freezing, this isn't a common occurrence, and instead, peace and quiet is more on the cards.
Crowds are non-existent at this time, but visitors will still find plenty to keep them occupied, especially during the New Year festivities, which are more traditional than you may expect.
December experiences an average temperature of 10°C throughout the day, which on good days can reach up to 14°C as an average high. Despite this, evenings are certainly on the chilly side, at around 5°C as an average low, so do wrap up warm as the temperatures drop quite suddenly towards the later part of the afternoon.
Sunshine hours are noticeably reduced, but are still plentiful, at 7 hours on average per day, which is the least amount seen all year and yet much better than winter in northern Europe!
Rain is a little more likely with the final month of the year experiencing around 167mm of precipitation throughout its entirety, which can affect 12 days to some degree. Carry an umbrella on your travels, to be on the safe side. Winter storms can affect this time of year, although do tend to be short-lived and sharp. Winter is a calm affair overall, but it is worth checking the live weather forecast.
There is still plenty to do around the resort, despite the decline in weather, and although beach days aren't going to be plentiful during this time of year, on a good day you can still swim in the sea if you so wish, with an average Mediterranean Sea temperature of around 19°C.
Exploring the area out of season will show you real Turkish culture and a real authentic way of life, away from the madness of the party season back home.
Hotels in Kalkan in December
Kalkan Gul Pension
December means a much more leisurely pace in Kalkan, and staying in a self-catering apartment, or one with a B&B option will give you a home away from home experience. There are many establishments which tick this box, such as Kalkan Gul Pension, which has a cosy, homely feel, set in beautiful and exotic gardens. Alternatively, Patara 139 has many on-site facilities to add to your very well stocked apartment, and in a very central position.
Moonlight Pension is another great choice, and the views from the rooftop terrace are particularly magnificent. Set only 300m from the beach, the panoramic sea views are certainly the main seller.
Bars and Restaurants
December's cooler temperatures may be an issue, however the amount of sunshine hours means a lunch on the terrace is a wonderful way to spend a day, if you remember your jacket! Moonstone Restaurant has some stunning sea views to enjoy as you sample many different dishes from the large menu. The lamb shank is very highly regarded, and there is a comprehensive children's menu too. Alternatively, Olive Garden's top floor is a popular spot to enjoy a meal with a view. During peak season it is recommended to book ahead, however the quieter times will probably not require this.
If you're looking for something completely authentic however, then it has to be Hunkar Ocakbasi. Here you can watch your food being cooked before you, as well as the fresh bread, and the meat dishes are so succulent you will certainly return. This is where many of the locals head too, which is always a stamp of quality.
Things to Do in Kalkan in December
December is a peaceful month in Kalkan, and a month which offers you the chance to really get to grips with the authentic way of life which runs through the resort, even during the peak season. Most visitors have now left the town until the following summer, as well as hoteliers and restauranteurs, but that doesn't mean you will be bored. If you are happy to explore then you will find plenty to see and do.
Old Quarter of Kalkan
The Old Quarter of Kalkan is a beautiful place to wander around, stopping for a traditional Turkish coffee as you go. Be warned that this particular delicacy is very strong, and you will feel rather caffeinated for the remainder of the day! Ask for sugar to make it a little more palatable. You could also stop and try some traditional sweets, such as baklava or kunefe, which is loosely like a cheesecake, but much more delicious.
Exploring by road will also show you some beautiful sights, and it depends which direction you go in as to which resort or town you stumble upon first. You could head off and see picturesque Fethiye, Olu Deniz, Dalyan, Dalaman, or Hisaronu to the west, or you could head to nearby Kas or even go as far as the next city on, Antalya.
Antalya has plenty to keep everyone occupied no matter what the month, because the city never closes down due to seasons. The Antalya Archaeological Museum is perfect for a day when there is the odd rain shower or two, however on a clear day you simply must head to Duden Waterfalls and experience the might of Mother Nature. Termessos is a nearby archaeological site which will thrill history buffs.
On top of this, simply putting your comfortable shoes on and wandering around Kalkan itself to your hearts content is a wonderful way to pass the time.