What is Kalkan in Turkey like?
Kalkan is an upmarket and cosmopolitan coastal town situated on Turkey's south-western Mediterranean coast. Belonging to the vast Antalya region, it sits between Kas, another lovely coastal resort and Patara, a rustic village known for its sandy beach, the longest in Turkey.
Kalkan is an enchanting place and is one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. Kalkan’s Mediterranean position makes it an ideal weather trap with residents enjoying hot summers, and mild winters. Kalkan is small enough to avoid mass tourism and has an almost self-contained, sophisticated lifestyle.
The traditional old town comes with whitewashed houses cascading with bougainvillea, but still remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality. Kalkan, used to be a fishing village but now it’s a very cosmopolitan seaside town, not to mention tucked-away eateries and late-night shops.
The charming resort of Kalkan
With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and picturesque resort with brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and to top it off warm traditional Turkish hospitality.
Kalkan is the ideal resort for those who want calm and relaxation, enjoying the natural beauty of the cleanest seashores and rough mountains covered with pine forests, and also for those who want to explore the remains of the ancient Lycian cites in the neighbourhood. Lycia, “The land of light”, which is the first known federation in history, including the modern day city-states between modern day Fethiye and Antalya and its capital was Xanthos (Arna in Lycian language) which is Kinik today, 17km (11miles) from Kalkan.
What does Kalkan have to offer?
Venturing away from the main town and you see modern villas looking out towards the sea. Infinity pools and floor to ceiling windows offer brilliant sea views. Few other areas in Turkey match Kalkan. There is a small community of expats also live here all year round. Although in winter, daily life scales down a notch, they enjoy a Mediterranean lifestyle, and anyone thinking of making a move is assured of an existing network of advice, help and communication to use.
Kalkan has many fine beaches to explore with beautiful clear waters. Some of the beaches are either for public use or they are run by beach clubs. Club operated beaches do require an entrance fee.
Kalkan Halk Beach, which is always open to the general public and is located right on the Kalkan harbour, perfect for strolling along in the late evenings.
Kaputas Beach is a beautiful beach set within a secluded cove which can be reached downhill from the road. Filled with glorious sand and shallow clear waters for the non-swimmers. There are no cafes, but friendly vendors are on hand with coolers filled with soft drinks and ice-creams.
Kalkan Beach Park (Kisla Beach) is a small beach park but is extremely popular with tourists as it is a great place for families. You can keep the children entertained with its fantastic waterslide. Throughout the peak summer season, a variety of water sport activities are available for the older children and adults.
Kalamar Beach Club which provides plenty of fun for the whole family. There are lots of activities available such as kayaking and pedalos. There are also many activities for adults like scuba diving and jet skiing, plus you can hire boats out and sea trampolines. The beach club also has a great selection of food and drinks.
Palm Beach Club is a family friendly club with a restaurant & bar. There are taxi boats which operate from the harbour to Palm Club during the day. The beach enjoys platforms for sunbathing on, cushioned sun loungers, table tennis, shower facilities, plus the club offers a wide range of watersports activities.
Areas of Kalkan
KALAMAR is a wonderful tranquil area offering a friendly atmosphere and is surrounded by mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Kalamar Bay is a short drive from the town centre. You can enjoy its popular beach club and a variety of watersports. The main road has a few restaurants serving traditional and international foods.
KISLA is found on the outskirts of the town and is a quiet and peaceful area situated around the bay and coastline. The town centre is situated a 25 minute walk away, or a water taxi can take you to the Kalkan harbour.
ORTAALAN is an area furthest from the town centre and the coast, but you will find properties here much more luxurious plus they are able to enjoy incredible surroundings. This is probably one of the most beautiful districts in Kalkan.
PATARA is a delightful and small traditional village. Patara village is set next to a 12km beach and 2500 year old archaeological ruins. The beach is highly protected as it is a popular nesting place for Loggerhead Turtles. The village enjoys a pleasant centre offering a few small shops, a post office, cafes and restaurants.
Where is the closest airport to Kalkan?
Dalaman Airport is the nearest airport 120 km away with a transfer time of 90 minutes. As one of Turkey’s top touristic airports, its frequent summer flight schedule serves thousands of people. Scaling down in winter to essential services, residents also use the busier Antalya Airport with its year-round flight schedule, a three-hour drive away.
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What's on in Kalkan throughout 2022?
Festival of the Sea - June 18th till June 19th - This annual event is sure to be a fun day out for all. The festival features a wide variety of activities such as swimming races, jet-skiing, water-skiing and kayaking, plus there is a fun competition between locals were you must try to get yourself along a slippery mast hovering above the water. You can watch the festival on Kalkan Beach or if you want to be more up close to the races then you can take a boat out. The local Mayor will hand out prizes at the end in a ceremony.
Thursday-Along the road from the Belediye to the Jandarma Station.
Both selling-fruit, vegetables, cheese, yoghurt and eggs, household produce
Things to do in Kalkan!
Neptune Boat Cruises / Private Daily Tours
This beautiful beach is set within a secluded cove which can be reached downhill from the road. Filled with glorious sand and shallow clear waters for the non-swimmers. There are no cafes, but friendly vendors are on hand with coolers filled with soft drinks and ice-creams. Just a short 10 minute dolmus ride will you bring you to the splendid Kaputas Beach.
Ancient village of Patara
Situated in the middle of a national park is the incredible ancient village of Patara. As you stroll around the village you will comes across 2000 year old Lycian ruins like the magnificent Amphitheatre and the Triumphal Arch. After taking in all the culture, why not enjoy a break in the lovely tea garden within the village centre or a short stroll will take you over to Patara Beach where you can rest and enjoy the wonderful views. A 20 minute dolmus ride will bring you to the village of Patara and a small fee to enter.
Shopping in Kalkan
Shopping is a known late night activity in Kalkan. The shops in the old town do not close until midnight giving locals and tourists time to stroll through the lit narrow streets and wander around the bustling stands filled with ceramics, hand blown glass, decorative Turkish rugs and belly dancing outfits.
Nightlife in Kalkan
Nightlife in the old town is fantastic. There are many roof top wine bars along the water with stunning views out to sea. There are a variety of fun and authentic Turkish places to be found along the narrow streets of the old town, were locals and tourists can enjoy the music of Gypsy bands, which entertain most evenings.
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