A holiday in Kalkan with its dramatic scenery and fascinating cultural sites dating back to the Lycian period, will certainly entrance you. We have hand picked a selection of private villas in Kalkan with pools and a boutique hotel as our accommodation in this vibrant resort.
From Kalkan town you can marvel at the view across the harbour and beyond as the boats drift in and out of the Turkish islands on the horizon. It’s a wonderful setting to sit and while the day away. The town remains untouched, with historic Ottoman architecture and narrow streets. It is a delightful place to explore with many excellent restaurants and quaint speciality shops that sell local crafts and jewellery.
Beaches near Kalkan include the 18km long Patara Beach, a breeding ground to the endangered loggerhead turtle. The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to allow the turtles to lay their eggs. At Patara Beach you have the option of lazing in the sun on the beautiful and wide sandy beach or walking over the vast dunes. Located 15 minutes from the beach are some ancient archaeological ruins, which have yielded pottery, dating from the 7th century BC. Then you have the option of Kaputaş beach located 7km east of Kalkan. Steps wind down from the road to the beautiful little sandy cove where the sea is a stunning azure blue. Throughout the summer months a dolmuş runs from Kalkan to Kaputaş beach.
The coastline in this area known as “The Turquoise Coast” is stunning and there is no better way to see it than from the luxury of a traditional wooden built boat known locally as a ‘gulet’, all gulets offer plenty of deck space with sunbathing mattresses strewn around and there is always shade at the back of the boat. A day trip on a boat from the centre of town allows plenty of opportunity to swim in stunning bays and coves. A more active day out could be a visit to the spectacular Saklikent Gorge (20km long), almost invisible from the surrounding area, cool fresh water rushes through the gorge and makes for an exciting walk. Thursday is market day in Kalkan where alongside the beautiful array of fruit and vegetables, spices, cheeses and olives you can buy clothes, tablecloths, bedspreads and linen. Alternatively if you would like a more extensive shopping experience then a visit to Fethiye would be well advised. Any one of our private Turkish villas in this area would be ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside.
After sunset Kalkan town comes alive. Sample some local cuisine in one of many waterfront restaurants served with friendly Turkish hospitality. Choose to eat supper at one of the many roof top terraces as the sun goes down, which have arguably the best views along the coast. Dining in Turkey is a leisurely affair and must be finished with a slim glass of tea ‘çay’. There are bars open into the early hours for a sociable cocktail or two.