Kalkan is an old harbour town set in the historic Lycian region of Turkey. It’s a place that captivates you from every direction. Its a place of natural beauty, mountain backdrops, amazing sunsets and a touch of sophistication in the mix. Kalkan is a popular destination for the discerning traveller, looking for a part of Turkey that is unique, full of culture, history, and oozing with charm. Walk the cobbled street of Kalkan town, take in the old Turkish atmosphere, and enjoy the perfect setting for Al-fresco dining.
Kalkan is a chic place with the charms of an old Turkish town. This is reflected in its relaxing nightlife, where you can find a wide selection of traditional restaurants, modern restaurants, and relaxing bars perfect for waterside Al-fresco dining.
There's so much to offer those who seek amazing views, and a relaxing atmosphere. For beach lovers there are many beach clubs Kalkan has its own pebble beach. A fifteen minute drive from town there is Kaputas beach, and Patara beach, which is the longest and one of the most amazing beaches of the Mediterranean. Patara beach is a sandy stretch that along with many parts of Kalkan is protected of its natural beauty.
Kas is 25 minutes from Kalkan, and is a traditional village withwindy streets and wooden balconies. There is a well preserved amphitheatre that adds to the charm of the area.
For those who are interested in history, you can visit the Lycian ruins in Patara, the birth place of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) visit one of the oldest Lycian rock tombs in Tlos and Aspendos one of the finest examples of a 2nd Century Amphitheatre.
This is one for those that want to experience the sophisticated and romantic atmosphere of an authentic Turkish area. Kalkan also has the added bonus of being a quiet tourist spot, unspoilt and perfect for those that want an intimate and peaceful getaway.
A lovely village full houses built from stone, Kalkan rests near a hill surrounding a harbour. Its narrow lanes form a path to the front of the sea, which is scattered with shops and sophisticated bars that stay open until the early hours of the morning. The restaurants will never leave you wanting for more, with a range of local fish restaurants and Turkish cruisine.
Unsurprisingly, Kalkan is a hot spot for couples looking to be fully immersed in the Turkish culture. In the daytime you can chose to amble around the streets or explore the wonderful little Kalkan beach, which is made up of pebbles and clear sea. For the real beach enthusiasts though there is the strikingly beautiful Kaputas. This is a shingle beach with a magical turquoise sea that almost looks illuminated near the shore. To get here there is a regular taxi service, and it is only 6kms away. You will need to come prepared however, as to get to the actual beach you will need to use a long flight of steps, and once there you will not find any facilities and not much shade either. This aside it is a remarkably beautiful spot, and just one of many in this area.
If you’re still not convinced that there’s enough to keep you entertained, then there is always the seductive white stretch of sand that is Patara beach. There are boat trips departing from here to surrounding areas and other coves.
There is also Kalamar bay, which is to the western side of Kalkan. The beaches here are just a close drive from the central spot. This is where many of the seafront hotels are too. Many of the hotels are actually set on the hillside and because of this have some of the most superb views of the striking bay.
Lastly, you can always be sure to find a wealth of history in Turkey, and Kalkan is no different. Xanthos and letoon can be easily reached and could provide a fascinating excursion for those interested.
The wonderful thing about Kalkan is the way in which it has held onto its pure Turkish environment, unaffected by tourism. The steep roads and levelled grounds add to the natural ambience of the area. The classic hospitality of the Turkish will make you feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible so that you can experience the culture in its purest form.
Kas can provide for a variety of holiday desires. It is especially perfect for older couples that are seeking a laid back getaway for some peace and quiet, or for those in search of some adventures. With a range of activities on offer it’d be difficult to get bored here.
The diving centres in particular are one of the most popular choices, giving visitors the chance to explore the beautiful tropical waters of Turkey.
Despite all of the exciting opportunities above, Kas is in general a very relaxed harbour town. There is a traditionally found tea garden along with a tiny white washed mosque, while Ottoman homes boasting balconies decorate the roads with bougainvillea.
In terms of places to stay, the gorgeous Cukurbag peninsula sits just outside the town and houses many boutique hotels. There are shops, bars and restaurants to be explored during day or night time wandering. You can venture out to the local pebble beaches by boats leaving from the harbour. Kaputas beach in particular is one of the top attractions, with a dazzling crystal clear blue sea and white sand. Nestled in a cove between two mountains you couldn’t feel further away from the stresses of the outside world here. This is about 20kms away and perfect for a super peaceful day trip of soaking up the sun.
There are historical artefacts to be found everywhere in Turkey so that you feel transported back in time. There is Sarcophagus, a rememberence of historic Antiphellos, with its well lasting theatre. Also there are the Lycian rock tombs that over look Kas. Walking through the areas in Kas you will realise the complete tranquillity that holds the resort, as though it floats in a bubble away from the rest of life.