The south coast of Turkey has long summers, peaceful autumns and short winters. By the beginning of February the pine forests are alive wild narcissi, cyclamen, peony and the very shy tulip.
There is a 2000 km of coastline to choose from! Average summer temperatures are in the range of 33 C+. The breezes of the ‘meltem’ offer cooler afternoons and evenings. The summer water temperature is in the mid-20’s while in the winter it does not fall below 18 C. until the snow melts in March!. You might prefer the tranquility of autumn when there is no expectation of summer, just the warm velvety waters of the Med.
In the West where the Western Taurus slope directly down to the coast, sunlight reflects its eroded calcium carbonate creating a kaleidoscope of deep turquoise waters and powder-blue foam; these colours need to be seen to be believed. It is ‘the Turquoise Coast’ and its epitome is Oludeniz.
As the mountains give way to the plains of Pamphylia, the seas change from turquoise to azure to ink-blue. Along this coast are endless expanses of sand broken only by the ruin of a neglected castle. This plain and to its east the Cilician Plain enjoy warmer more humid summers where even Pineapple and Papaya may be cultivated. Winter weather is cool and wet with temperatures reaching 18 C during the day and occasionally falling to 4 C in the evening.
Weather along the Med…
The Damlatas Cave at Alanya 130 km. east of Antalya with 90% humidity throughout the year offers a 21 day cure to Asthma sufferers. The claim: humidity, high carbon dioxide content and radioactivity combine to ‘relax the lungs’. The cave with its stalagmites and -tites was discovered while blasting to obtain stone for the local pier. As one travels further along the coast one reaches the large port of Adana and smaller Karatas from where there is a regular ferry service to Northern Cyprus. From here the coast stretches another 250 km south towards the Syrian border. Above is an aerial photo of Mamure Castle