Turkish Riviera Weather and Climate
General and geographic location
The Turkish Riviera is a popular holiday region in the south of Turkey and stretches over 230 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast.
At the foot of the imposing Taurus Mountains, the sun-drenched Turkish Riviera (with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year) has an extremely mild climate. The area runs from Kemer to Cape Anamur and combines some of the most beautiful beaches and seaside resorts in Turkey.
A little north of Kemer is Antalya, the capital of the region, which also houses the international airport. The holiday resorts of Belek, Side, Beldibi, Manavgat and Alanya line up in an easterly direction like a pearl necklace.
Surrounded by scenic beauty and a unique natural backdrop, high-class hotel resorts are mostly located directly on the long beaches and offer direct access to the turquoise shimmering bays of the Turkish Riviera.
Thanks to a large number of well-preserved treasures from antiquity, the region is equally popular with beach holidaymakers and those interested in culture. Antalya is about 2300 kilometers as the crow flies from Frankfurt am Main, the flight time is about 3:25 hours on a direct route.
Climate on the Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera around the resorts of Side, Belek or Alanya has a very mild, subtropical climate. This is characterized by hot summer months and very mild winters. Side and the places in the center of the Turkish south coast are usually a little warmer than Alanya on the eastern and Antalya on the western flank.
By May at the latest, the thermometer will reach values above 25 degrees per day and break through temperatures of 30 ° C several times during the month. From June to September there are constant average values above 30 degrees, on particularly hot days up to 40 degrees in midsummer are quite possible.
The summer on the Turkish Riviera is extremely dry, there is almost no rain at all. From October it will be much more humid, in winter the daytime temperatures remain mild at 15 to 17 degrees. However, there are sometimes heavy showers, especially in December, January and February.
When to go to the Turkish Riviera
The Turkish south coast has long since become a popular year-round destination, as many resorts also offer wellness offers, indoor pools and very affordable prices in winter. On most winter days, the Mediterranean Sea is around 18 degrees warmer than the air and theoretically still suitable for bathing.
However, we recommend the period from early May to mid-October as the best travel time for the Turkish Riviera. Real summer weather with high temperatures and 11 to 12 hours of sunshine a day beckons here. If you want to avoid the great heat, you will find a good compromise in the marginal months of May and October.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Turkish Riviera).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Belek||May, June, July, August, September and October|
|Antalya||May, June, July, August, September and October|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Belek (Turkish Riviera)
|Daytime temperature||15 ° C||15 ° C||18 ° C||21 ° C||25 ° C||31 ° C||34 ° C||34 ° C||31 ° C||26 ° C||21 ° C||16 ° C|
|Night temperature||6 ° C||6 ° C||8 ° C||11 ° C||15 ° C||19 ° C||22 ° C||22 ° C||19 ° C||15 ° C||11 ° C||7 ° C|
|Water temperature||18 ° C||16 ° C||16 ° C||17 ° C||21 ° C||22 ° C||26 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C||24 ° C||21 ° C||18 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||229||192||111||51||26||7||3||1||11||68||156||228|
|Hours of sunshine||5||6||7||8||10||12||12||12||10||8||7||5|
The annual average temperature in Belek is 18.7 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (28.2 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 10.6 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Belek is 28 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All but February and March have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent. The months of May, June, July, August, September, October and November have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 1083 mm on 60 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of January, February and December are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. Overall, about 649 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. You cannot expect snow in any month in Belek.
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.2 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year, the sun shines for 8.5 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Antalya.
Turkish Riviera weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 18 ° C and 25 ° C can be expected over the next three months. It gets warmest in May in Belek, noticeably cooler in March in Antalya.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 15-21 ° C.
In March it rains for 7 (Antalya) to 8 days (Belek), in April for about 5 days and in May for about 3 days, depending on the region.
In the period from March to May, the sun shines an average of 7 to 10 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in May in Belek, but with less sun you will have to get by in March.