Kalkan, this historic town was once a traditional fishing village and is now an upmarket and cosmopolitan coastal town. it is on Turkey’s south-western coast.
Kalkan is an enchanting place and is one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With Its long promenade, it is brimming with chic bars and seafood restaurants.
Meanwhile, 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.
With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, 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 know 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.
British newspaper; The independent listed Kalkan among the best tourist destinations for 2007. The paper recommended Kalkan especially for those seeking a romantic vacation and who do not want to travel far from their home country in Europe, and defined the town as a destination of choice. It’s a great place to buy a Property in Turkey.
What’s on throughout 2019
International Lycian Culture and Arts Festival - This 3 day event takes place nearby Kas, around a 30 minute drive away. The festival features an opening parade, performances, exhibitions, concerts and there will be plenty of food served in the city's squares and venues - (June - date to be confirmed)
Festival of the Sea - The event starts with a memorial service remembering those who have lost their lives at sea. After the ceremony the celebrations begin in which anyone can take part in. There will be swimming races, kayaking competitions and much more - (1st July)
Thursday-Along the road from the Belediye to the Jandarma station.
Both selling-fruit, vegetables, cheese, yoghurt and eggs, household produce
Things to do!
Neptune Boat Cruises / Private Daily Tours
This beautiful beach is set within a secluded cove which can be reached down hill 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 center 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 fee of 2 lira will be needed to enter.
Late Night Shopping-
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.