Best time to visit Side

The best time to visit Side for a beach holiday is from early-June through September. Summer is very hot, with intense heat especially in July and August.

To avoid the intense summer heat, anytime from early-May to mid-June, and from mid-September to late-October, is good for a range of outdoor activities.

Side weather

Located on the southern coast of Turkey, Side has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers from June to September and mild, wet winters from November to February.

Spring, from April to May; early summer, June; and autumn, from September to October, offer pleasant weather conditions in Side.

What is the best month to visit Side?
June through September are the best months to visit Side – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August while very hot are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Side.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

The ancient cities of the region are also best visited in May, September and October to avoid the heat and peak season crowds.

Which is the hottest month in Side?
The hottest months of the year in Side are usually July and August, with an average daily high temperature of 34°C (93°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 23°C (73°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C (86°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Side?
The sunniest time of year in Side is usually July with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Side?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Side in August when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F), which is very comfortable for swimming.

The sea water is warm enough for swimming in Side from June through October.

Which is the coldest month in Side?
The coldest month in Side is January, with an average high-temperature of 15°C (59°F) and an average low-temperature of 8°C (46°F).

The cool season lasts from December through March, with an average daily high temperature below 18°C (60°F).

Which month has the most rain in Side?
December is usually the wettest month in Side with 270mm (10in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 12 days in December with some rain.

The rainy season lasts from mid-October to mid-April, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The heaviest rainfall in Side falls from November through February.

The dry season lasts from mid-April to mid-October. The month with the least rainy days in Side is July.

Which is the windiest month in Side?
The windiest month of the year in Side is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-November through to late-March, with average wind speeds of more than 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from April through to early-November. The calmest month of the year in Side is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 9 kilometres per hour (5.6 mph; 5 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Side.

Side Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
15 16 18 22 26 31 34 34 31 27 21 16
Average daily min (°C)
8 8 10 13 17 21 24 24 21 17 13 9
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
5 6 7 9 11 13 13 12 11 8 6 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
65 65 65 70 65 65 60 60 60 60 65 70
UV Index (max)
2 3 5 7 8 10 10 9 7 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
13 11 10 8 7 3 1 1 3 6 8 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
210 115 95 65 35 10 4 5 20 75 150 270
Average wind speed (km/h)
14 14 12 10 9 9 9 10 10 10 12 14
Average sea temperature (°C)
18 17 17 18 21 25 28 29 27 25 22 19
Side, Turkey

Holiday seasons

Peak season: Lasts from July to mid-September when prices are at their highest, and during Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Low season: The ‘shoulder season’ months of April, May, mid- to late September and October.

No season: Winter – accommodation on the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts is often closed from mid-October until late-April – with the exception of Christmas and New Year.

Note: Meteorological data for Side is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Turkish State Meteorological Service at the closest weather station, Antalya Airport (AYT), located 54km (33mi) west of Side. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Side: 11 September, 2023

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