Alanya in May 2023- is it worth going on vacation? Weather, water temperature, whether it is possible to swim, prices in hotels and on excursions. What to do in Alanya in early May and late spring, where you can go in the vicinity of the resort and in Turkey – found out good Time for Trip.
Alanya is the warmest place in Turkey! And as such, this resort town first of all attracts attention when it comes to sea holidays in this Asian country.
Most tourists, of course, out of habit will go here during the high season, which lasts from June to October. Deliberately ignoring the hard heat and scorching sun, increased prices and crowded sightseeing buses.
But others, taught by their own or someone else’s experience, act more cautiously. And they plan a vacation in Alanya for months when the weather conditions are milder. And the water area is warmed up to the extent that even small children can bathing.
From this point of view, May in Alanya is an ideal time. Already warm, but not yet stuffy, the air is filled with freshness from the gardens that have just had time to bloom. In addition, this resort is one of the few in Turkey in May that allows swimming without the risk of overcooling.
With all this, the end of spring in Alanya, Antalya and Side, Kemer, in general on the Turkish Riviera, is still considered a low season!
But this common misconception is even useful, because it doesn’t allow air tickets and hotels prices to soar into the sky. Again, there are few vacationers here. After all, most tourists are conservatively waiting for the onset of calendar summer, still only figuring out what they should take with them to Turkey.
Weather in Alanya in May
The atmosphere rarely begins to heat up from the very first days – on the contrary, the process is stretched over time. Therefore, those who come in Alanya on a holiday in early May rarely call the local weather hot – rather, moderately warm.
On the other hand, the local climate fully encourages more thorough citizens – closer to June, the resort is much more generous with atmospheric degrees.
During the first half of May 2022, the air temperature in Alanya usually walks in the range of +20-24 °C during the day. At night, often falling below not only +18 °C, but even +15 °C!
Take this into account, and come here armed not only with swimsuits and shorts.
The middle and end of the month, however, usually pass under the signs of +26-28 °C. And on some days the air warms up to +29-31 °C. In a company with virtually no precipitation and a consistently clear sky, that creates the best conditions for those who don’t tolerate hot weather.
In particular, families with young children without fear can go on vacation in Alanya at the end of May.
At the end of spring the local weather provokes citizens who don’t like to sit still to an unprecedented activity. Like rafting on a stormy river in the Köprülü Canyon or a frontal assault of the sublime city of Termessos.
Trips to Pamukkale, which in summer threatens to overflow completely, are also very popular at this time. Tourists are also happy in May to go on a trip to Cappadocia – especially since you can easily get there from the Turkish Riviera on your own!
Do really hot days happen in Alanya in May? Of course! But not on a regular basis.
Again, if you don’t digest even this heat well – rent a car. And drive it both on excursions and to remote beaches – for example, to Incekum beach.
Rain and Wind
Precipitation in the last month of spring in Alanya is rare – there are a maximum of 1-2 days of inclement weather. In addition, it often rains only at night.
So you have a good chance not to find out about it – by 8-9 o’clock in the morning the sun will dry the beach sand, not to mention the streets.
In view of this, humidity in May is usually in a more than acceptable range from 50 to 75%. Although on some days it can reach 90%.
The winds are weak. Perhaps because their services are not needed in May Alanya yet: the air temperature is moderate, and the water area refreshes no worse than an air conditioner.
At the beginning of May, the sea off the coast of Alanya isn’t warmed up to the values that the holiday-maker expects. On International Workers’ Day, its temperature is no more than +18-19 °C. Although sometimes to this time the Mediterranean Sea warms up to +20-21 °C.
Anyway, most vacationers during the first decade of the month gravitate more towards hotels with swimming pools. And on the beaches there is only to sunbathe and breathe the healing sea air. Well, or to recover after a run through the shops and markets in Alanya…
With the increase in atmospheric temperatures, the water also warms up. And by the middle of May, you have the right to expect it to warm up to +22-23 °C. Closer to June, forecasts report very comfortable data for swimming at all – the sea heats up to +24, rarely to +25 °C.
Where to Go with Kids
The opinion prevails in the network that in the case of Alanya, the best time for a vacation with kids is the middle or the end of May. And we see no reason to contradict – at the beginning of the month, the weather is not too stable, and the sea is not warmed up enough to bathe toddlers of kindergarten age.
Note that Alanya beaches themselves and, in particular, the well-known Cleopatra Beach, is not particularly well suited for bathing kids. And adults, for the most part, are more and more inclined to be indignant than to scribble laudatory reviews.
The reason is well known. But of course, it is rarely covered on profile sites – such anti-advertising doesn’t contribute to tourism.
Where to Swim
The fact is that entering the water on most of Cleopatra Beach is complicated by the presence of large stone slabs of natural origin. Which, of course, it’s difficult not to notice, but also it’s not easy to overcome.
Sharp edges and a smooth, very slippery surface create good conditions for getting injured. In some places, immediately after the end of the plate belt, the depth increases sharply and exceeds a couple of meters. So these places can be considered as a kind of diving simulator.
The “obstacle course” sometimes begins right at the entrance to the water. But in some places it retreats from the coast at a distance of 3-5 meters. Which allows the smallest vacationers to frolic in plenty in warm clear water.
There are no slabs at all on site No. 1, always and even in May – crowded, and on No. 6. There is a path for a comfortable entrance to the sea and in the distant sectors of Cleopatra beach – №№ 19-20.
In general, if you are going on vacation with kids, it’s more correct to stay not in Alanya itself at all. It is best somewhere near the beaches of Incekum – in the same village of Avsallar. After all, it not only consists entirely of a very pleasant texture of sand, but also has a gentle and not hiding surprises entering the sea.
A separate bonus is the presence of the Sealanya Dolphinpark Seapark nearby. A stay in which the child should like.
Significantly depend on the star rating, level of service and location.
For example, the central part of Alanya, adjacent to Cleopatra Beach, is built up with budget hotels. Therefore, it is relatively inexpensive – a room for two or an entire apartment can be rented for only 40-50 € per day.
What do you say, for example, about Cleopatra King Apart, where a family can stay in mid-May for a week for 300 €? Or its cheaper counterpart Bayram Apart Hotel, where you will be charged even less for an economy class apartment of 25 m2?!
Noticeably more expensive than Avsallar, which tends to the beautiful sandy Injekum beach! In mid-May, a family of 2 adults and 1 child who wants to relax here will have to pay from 90-100 € for a room.
Although, of course, if you book early, you can save a lot. The same Sea View Studio apartment in Orion Garden can be rented for just € 60 per day.
Hotels in the village of Mahmutlar are equally expensive. Although the shore here is covered with pebbles, and there are enough slabs in the sea that are always ready to upset your feet.
And if you consider that the wind blows here as if it has signed a contract with detractors, a vacation in Mahmutlar looks like a pleasure for an amateur.
Beach pontoons save the situation a little. But you won’t immerse a kid who can’t swim right into the depths, will you?
What to Do
It seems to be necessary to spread about what you can see in Alanya and nearby. But this item has been chewed many tens of thousands of times on the Internet, and because of this, it feels really bad today.
If you are not aware, follow the link to our theme article. Here we will describe less well-known entertainment opportunities. Requiring, however, much more concentration and a waste of energy.
But – charging not only with health, but also with vivid impressions!
We guarantee that you will get an incredible dose of adrenaline by flying under the wing of a paraglider. Positive emotions are also provided for those who will go on an excursion trip through the most beautiful canyons of Köprülü and Tazi – is it worth saying what awaits those who will make a real trip to Cappadocia?!
At this time, it’s nice to wander around the shopping centers of Alanya, as well as shops and grocery markets. At least in order to buy inexpensive and fresh strawberries and cherries! The season of which is in full swing in May.
To make frequent trips to the neighborhoods, you should also think about renting a car! Since organized bus tours here are not so much expensive as monotonous. Sometimes setting as the main goal to unload its participants to buy souvenirs.
Where to Go
We will advise you to get to Siedra on your own and take a walk there. Fortunately, the May weather in Alanya, as we found out a little higher, is much cooler than summer one. And therefore it should give you the opportunity to climb the seaside hill and enjoy the panoramas without the risk of overheating.
With the small kids, climbing the mountain in the heat is reasonably not advised!
We will also offer to slightly lengthen the route in the south direction and see the Delik Deniz Cove firsthand. Charming in its almost untouched beauty. But in the near future it will be able to lose it – more and more tourists will learn about this attraction.
The ancient city of Aspendos with a giant amphitheater is one of the places that are definitely worth exploring. Even if you are staying in Alanya, and you will have to drive about 50 miles there and the same amount back!
Once again, we advise you to see the virgin beauty of the national Park Kepryulyu (125 km along the highway). And not only that – rafting through the local canyon on an inflatable boat, you will get a powerful dose of adrenaline.
Do you want to visit Pamukkale? We will say a sinful thing, but this place has become so famous that we would not waste time on it – there are already a lot of tourists in May.
But the 500 km distance from Alanya to Cappadocia is definitely worth conquering. For the latter has not yet exhausted its tourism potential. And it can still accommodate much more people without damage than annually come to look at its beauty.
One bad thing is that the weather in Cappadocia in May is already so well suited for balloon flights that the month is considered highly seasonal. Which naturally affects prices in hotels.
Is it worth going from Alanya to Istanbul? Definitely, but not in May!
When the weather on the Turkish Riviera does not just hint, but directly pokes the obvious fact with your nose – spend a maximum of days at sea. After all, the second such opportunity to have a great holiday in the near future may not be provided.