Kalkan Villas with Heated Pools- Our Top 5

If you have stayed in Kalkan Villas during the busy high season months, you will know the temperatures are scorching. However, the season is getting longer with more and more guests flocking to visit in April, May and even November. A heated swimming pool is a great feature you are travelling in the low season as the water can be a little bit chilly. Do you have young children or older members in your group and you want to ensure the pool is always at the optimum temperature? Then you should consider booking a villa with a heated pool.

The villas with heated pools in our collection have been specifically equipped for you to enjoy your Kalkan holiday, whatever the month may be. When the pool heating is on the water temperature can reach up to 27 degrees (depending on the pool size and weather conditions). So, you won’t have to worry about a cold shock when you jump into a newly filled pool in the springtime months. See our top 5 villas with heated swimming pools and other great features that will make you Kalkan holiday complete.

#1. Villa Imperial- Ortaalan

Villa Imperial with indoor heated pool

Set on the hillside of the popular Ortaalan area, Villa Imperial lives up to its name. Ideal for a getaway for large families, this luxury property boasts 3 spacious terraces, 2 pools and awe-inspiring sea views. Head up to the roof terrace crown of the villa, sip your favourite beverage and take in the spectacular scenery. Proceed to the lower ground level and work off the stresses of daily life in the well-equipped private gym while the children splash in the adjacent indoor swimming pool. You will love this fantastic space which is dedicated to activities. As well as the heated indoor pool, the kids will love a round of table tennis on the adjoining lower ground terrace.

Indoor heated pool & gym room at villa Imperial

For 8 out of 12 months heating the pool is included in the weekly rate. If you want it on in Summer too (June-September) you can request it for an additional fee. Fancy experiencing Kalkan for Christmas or New Year? Villa Imperial is available to rent year-round. With the heated pool positioned indoors you will never need to worry about the weather.

Sleeps: 10

Price: £££

Location: Ortaalan, 15 minutes’ walk to town or 3-minute taxi ride.

#2. Villa Beatrice- Komurluk

Perched above the water’s edge in the prestigious Komurluk district, Villa Beatrice is notable for that all-important sea view. The balconies, terraces, rooms and garden spaces have all been arranged to optimise your enjoyment of the stunning bay and azure waters. A stone’s throw from some of Kalkan’s best loved beach clubs- Palm Beach, Zest and Denizim- you will never be at a loss for enjoying days by the sea. The private pool makes for a great hub of the villa. As well as optional heating, this pool also has a sunken jacuzzi area. Parents can luxuriate in the master bedroom where a double jacuzzi bath sits next to ceiling-to-floor windows framing the sea and mountains.

Sleeps: 8

Price: ££

Location: Komurluk, 15 minutes’ walk to town or short water taxi ride.

#3. Villa Erduyan- Kiziltas

Villa Erduyan is the place to stay if you want the 5-star package. The interior has a sleek finish with contemporary fittings and designer lighting. Space is in abundance with a large sweeping pool terrace and a generous roof terrace where you can soak up the sun all day long. Combine pampering with family-oriented enjoyment as this stunning property offers something for everyone. Indulge in the private spa with a sauna session or give yourself a Turkish treat in the in-house Turkish Bath. Keep the young at heart entertained with table tennis and basketball or take a warm dip in the rooftop plunge pool. This pool has optional heating for an additional fee. Be sure to book in advance, that way the pool can reach optimal temperature in time for your arrival.

Sleeps: 10

Price: £££

Location: Upper Kiziltas, 20 minutes’ walk to town or 4-minute taxi ride.

#4. Villa Siv- Kisla

After an impressive refit under new ownership Villa Siv is back on the rental market for summer 2022. Situated in a beautiful location in Kisla, to the East of Kalkan’s Old Town, Villa Siv offers views of both unspoiled luscious greenery and Kisla bay’s crystal sea. As the location is a little remote you will experience a wonderfully peaceful ambience when lounging outside this holiday let. Décor is comfortable and modern, and the interior has a feel of understated class. All your alfresco living needs are fully catered for at this property. There are two outdoor dining spaces (one on the rooftop with an adjacent kitchenette) for you to enjoy. Plus, a large infinity pool with 3-sided infinity edges and sea-facing roof terrace, set up so you can lounge under day-long sun. The sizeable pool can be heated on your request for an additional weekly fee.

Sleeps: 8

Price: £

Location: Kisla, 30 minutes’ walk to town or 6-minute taxi ride.

#5. Villa Azur- Ortaalan

Outstanding interior décor, impressive spatial capacity and a jacuzzi-topped roof terrace mark some of the best features that Villa Azur has to offer. Perfect for a fun-packed family escape, this high-end villa provides endless entertainment with a games room, gym and extra-large infinity pool. Each of the upper floor bedrooms has a balcony overlooking the bay and ultra-chic en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers. Relaxed evenings of leisurely barbecuing, alfresco dining and sipping on your favourite beverage will bring a rewarding end to your day at Villa Azur. As for the swimming pool, the impressive 13 m long focal point has Roman steps for ease of access. There is a shallow end where children can paddle, optional heating and a cover to ensure you keep the maximum temperature.

Sleeps: 10

Price: £££

Location: Ortaalan, 15 minutes’ walk to town or 3-minute taxi ride.

Let Kalkan Holiday Property Take You There

Our team at Kalkan Holiday Property is committed to helping you design your perfect Kalkan holiday. Our broad range of properties offers exciting options for every kind of traveller and all types of holiday requests. Book with us to benefit from our local concierge services. We will assist you in finding the best Kalkan villas and creating a Kalkan visit you will never forget.

Remember to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty when you are enjoying the view from your property, eating your breakfast spread or cooling off in the pool.

Shopping in Kalkan

If you enjoy retail therapy, you will adore shopping in Kalkan. The meandering streets of the old town wind their way down to the sea, populated by charming boutiques, independent traders and some master craftsmen. You can purchase Turkish carpets, ceramics, clothing, leathers, jewellery and a multitude of other interesting items. Kalkan offers something for every kind of shopper. From the high-class merchandise in the quaint old town shops to the energetic tradesmen who run stalls at the open market on a Thursday, it’s hard for you to resist, even if only for a browse. Here is our introductory guide to the delightful items you can find in Kalkan.

Kalkan Shopping street

Carpet Shopping

Kalkan carpet shop interior

It would be impossible to explore the world of Turkish shopping without discussing the infamous Turkish carpets. The traditional carpets in Turkey are known as Kilims. These flat weave carpets are generally made in hues of red, green gold and black and incorporate strong geometric shapes. Kalkan has its very own carpet store which you can find in the heart of the Old Town near the marina. Turkmen Carpet and Gift Store has been run for many years by Kenan Bilgin and he has an extensive collection in a beautiful old building. If you can’t fit a large carpet into your suitcase, he can help to arrange shipping. Plus, there are a wide range of other items like elaborate cushion covers and bespoke shoes, boots and handbags with unusual designs which you can easily squeeze in to take home.

Turkmen Carpet and gift store

Handmade Ceramics

Exquisitely colourful and delicately finished, Turkish ceramics make for a wonderful gift that you can take away from Turkey. Ceramics have been a huge part of the culture in Turkey for a very long time. Production dates back 10,000 years to Anatolia when tiles were combined with architecture to produce beautiful buildings. You will find several shops in Kalkan’s Old Town where you can purchase some vibrant ceramic pieces to add to your kitchen collection. If you have an upcoming wedding, you can find some beautiful sets that make for an unusual gift. Designs vary widely but there are some common themes including the use of bright colours, geometric shapes and flowers, particularly tulips. You could even request designs to be made for you if you give the craftsmen enough notice. They will be very willing to accommodate and make sure any items are carefully wrapped for transporting home.

Turkish ceramics

Jewellery Shopping

If you are interested in quality jewellery, Kalkan will not fail to disappoint. Like in so many other areas of craftsmanship in Turkey, you can still find master jewellers in many towns. You can find them tinkering away in their little workshops to the rear of the boutique jewellers in Kalkan. If you have sentimental family pieces you can have them remodelled for a fraction of the price you would pay in the UK with some quite outstanding results. From the Old Town down to the harbour there are several jewellers. Some specialise in high end pieces, remodelling and precious stones. You can visit long established jewellers like Yardan’s and Wishes & Co. Others have a vast array of lovely silver items with pretty stones and delicate designs. Many couples choose wedding rings in Kalkan because of the high quality and relatively low prices.

Jewellery remodelling

Fashion Shopping- Boutiques, Accessories & Bespoke Clothing

Boutique clothes shops

Bespoke Clothing

Tailoring is not a lost art in Turkey, in fact you will find many a local ‘Terzi’ (tailor) in every town. As such there are some wonderful independent boutiques selling handmade clothing with unique designs and quality fabrics. Admittedly, there is much more on offer for ladies than men but there are great options for both and tailors on hand to adjust their clothing to fit you perfectly. Mai Butik, Tailor Yusuf and Nilufer Butik are among some of the most popular.  

Leathers

It’s not just clothing that is in abundance in Kalkan’s quaint shops. You will also find an array of quality leather products for very reasonable prices. Handbags, man bags, belts and wallets. You will be spoiled for choice in Misty May, Simply Chic and BSG Leather because they offer an amazing assortment.

Leather shopping

Barter at the Open Market

At the market you can buy anything: herbs & spices, leather goods, textiles & clothing, handmade jewellery, fruit & vegetables and a great deal of other goods. It’s worth a visit for the atmosphere & to hear the banter from the stallholders – another fun experience when you stay at a holiday rental villa in Kalkan, Turkey. Be sure to browse, examine goods and ask prices at several stalls to get a sense of the market before bargaining. It’s supposed to be fun, there is a game at play so don’t get tense just enjoy the experience for what it is. If you want some tips:

-Don’t look too enthusiastic.

-Let the tradesman quote the first price.

-Don’t be afraid to walk away and come back.

Kalkan Thursday open market

Textiles

Turkey is a big player in the international textile world so options are plentiful. You can pick up some gorgeous, quality items for very reasonable prices in various places in Kalkan. There are lots of textiles that can easily fit into a suitcase, ranging from fancy accessories to dressings for soft furnishings.

Peştemals

Cotton peştemals (traditional fringed towels used in Hamams) are abundant in many shops as well as the Thursday market. They are a much sought-after item for visitors because they make for excellent lightweight beach towels. We recommend Beyond the Beach for high quality and a huge range of colours.

Beyond the beach brand pestemals

Accessories

Scarves, pashminas, dressing gowns and woven bags are commonly on sale in boutique shops too. You can also purchase intricate purses and make up bags embellished with Turkish embroidered designs.

Soft Furnishings

If Turkish and Ottoman design appeals to you, then you could purchase a few traditionally styled cushion covers or an embroidered throw or table cloth to take a little memory of Kalkan home with you. You will find a wide range of reasonably priced home textiles at the Thursday market.

Spices and Dried Goods

For gastronomes visiting Kalkan there is a real treat in store. You will be astonished at the huge array of herbs, spices, teas, dried fruit and unusual condiments that can be purchased from stunning displays at the Thursday open market.

Turkish spice stall at Kalkan open market

Whether you prefer strong spices or milder herbs and oils you can be sure to find some delightful new tastes to add to your pantry at home. Sumac, chili flakes and sweet paprika are used widely in Turkish cooking. These spices are commonly home grown and dried and produce wonderful flavours. You can also find various mountain picked green teas including wild sage and different types of wild oregano. These natural teas have used by local villagers for centuries because of their health benefits.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property be of service?

Our team at Kalkan Holiday Property are very passionate about what Kalkan has to offer to you, our clients. When holidaying in one of our properties, you can contact one of our local assistants who will help you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. Are you are looking to book the perfect property for your group? Then member of our helpful team will be more than happy to advise on options and organise your reservations. 

Don’t forget to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty next time you visit and snap a picture at one of these wonderful local stores!

Kalkan’s Climate: Inviting All Year Round

The coastal town of Kalkan sits at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea with a moderate climate. Kalkan experiences dry hot summers, clement spring and autumn seasons and mild, wet winters. On average the town gets 300 days of sun per year, so you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s a favourite destination for Brits and Europeans who are seeking some guaranteed sunshine. So, what weather is waiting for you when you arrive in Kalkan?

The start of the season- Springtime

Kalkan in Spring

The months of April and May are always a delight in Kalkan. Spring flowers are in bloom filling the air with gorgeous scents and making a stroll around town invitingly colourful. If you are arriving from cooler climates, spring in Kalkan will feel significantly warmer with daytimes full of sunshine and mild temperatures. You will see plenty of people out on balconies and terraces soaking up the sunshine. However swimming pools tend to be chilly during this part of the season. Pools have only just been filled for the start of the season and the night times are still cold, so the water has not yet had time to absorb the sun’s heat.

The high peak of the Taurus mountains remain topped with snow sometimes well into May. This can lead to some rather ‘fresh’ breezes passing through Kalkan. Evenings in spring are cooler, so you may feel a little chilly sitting out in the later hours of the night. Be sure to bring jackets and shawls or cardigans with you for springtime trips. Also open toed shoes can be a little too cool for evening wear in April and May.

Average temperatures

8° – 25° C

Average Sea temperatures

17.2° – 20.3° C

Kalkan climate water temp

Summertime- Peak Season Climate

The high season months from mid-June to mid-September in Kalkan are a dream come true for sun seekers, with high temperatures of mid to even high 30’s and an incredibly slim chance of rain. During this period the town feels very energetic. Every beach and private beach club is bustling and the Old Town glimmers at night. The mid-day sun can be quite fierce, so we recommend spending this part of the day near the sea at one of Kalkan’s great beach clubs like Indigo or Zest or perhaps reclining in the shade at your villa with your chosen holiday novel.

Summer at Kaputas, Kalkan

The balmy summer air and ambient lighting make for mystical evening in the enchanting roof terrace world that comes to life after sundown.

Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen for your high season visit as this is the primary thing you will need to be wearing during the day. We advise you bring flat, open toed shoes with good grips as the locals love to wash the streets down daily which can make for slippery walking!

Average temperatures

15° – 32° C

Average Sea temperatures

24.1° – 28.2° C

Kalkan climate report rain

End of the season- Autumn

Perhaps the most enjoyable season, autumn comes to Kalkan in later September and continues into November. After months of intense sunshine, the sea water is deliciously warm and for us an autumn swim is the most enjoyable. Daytime temperatures are similar to spring however there is far less of a breeze. As a result this season feels warmer and there are still plenty of hours of sunshine (up to 14 per day). October is officially the calmest month for wind with an average wind speed of just 6.7 miles per hour. That’s why we recommend Autumn as the best time of year for more rigorous outdoor excursions like hiking or visiting some of the more rural villages. You should pack a jacket or shawls for autumn visits but with daytime temperatures up in the 20’s light summer clothing is most comfortable for during the day.

Autumn at Kalkan public beach

Average temperatures

8° – 25° C

Average Sea temperatures

20.6° – 23.9° C

Out of season- Winter Climate

In recent years Kalkan has become livelier during the winter months. Don’t get us wrong, it’s still a slow time of year enjoyed by visitors with a hankering for quiet surroundings. In the past the whole town would shut down with all business places packing up for winter. Whereas now many establishments remain open to serve the growing number of winter visitors. Those who do journey to Kalkan during the ‘off season’ are pleasantly surprised by the mild climate and especially by the number of cloud free days. The sight of blue skies even if the temperatures are cool is a much welcome relief for European visitors.

Kalkan Beach view in winter

Winter festivities are pretty lively in Kalkan with a combination of non- Turkish residents, property owners and winter travellers all keen to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Most of the rainfall occurs in January and February. So if you are planning to come for a Mediterranean Christmas you will miss most of the dramatic downpours which occur in the early months of the year. Even the rain in Kalkan is exciting. You will be amazed by the deep purple skies and dazzling lightning strikes which illuminate the sea during the rainy season. Think of winter in Kalkanas autumn or early spring in the UK. You most likely won’t need to wear thermals but you will need a coat and waterproof shoes for rainy days. Warm jumpers and trousers should be packed too but the days

Average temperatures

3° – 16° C

Average Sea temperatures

16.2° – 88.2° C

Kalkan climate monthly rainfall report

What can Kalkan Holiday Property do for you?

No matter what time of year you decide to visit Kalkan we have a range of properties to suit all needs. Our friendly team are ready to advise you of what to bring, where to visit and what to expect. Whatever the question our friendly team will be happy to advise, just contact us for more information.

Kalkan Activities- A Great Spot for an Action filled Holiday

Located in a gorgeous natural setting and within easy reach of some amazing historical sites, Kalkan is a wonderful destination for all types of holidaymakers. Although the town is renowned for fine dining and high-class villas, it is also perfectly placed for adventurous types. If you are an adrenaline enthusiast, you will actually find that a week or two in Kalkan will allow you to get your fill of excitement with lots of great activities.

Kalkan water sport activities

What activities can I do on my doorstep?

Being perched on the edge of heavenly turquoise coves means that there are fantastic water sport activities within easy reach. Indigo Beach Club is home to Aristos Water Sports, a longstanding company in Kalkan which serves various beach clubs from their main hub at Indigo. If you are a lover of heights, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Kalkan whilst parasailing above the bay.

Aristos Water Sports Parasailing activity

For speed heads there are some zippy inflatable rides that will have you sliding over the waves. There are also jet skis for hire which make for great fun racing from one side of the bay to the other. You can even learn a new skill. Take lessons in wake boarding, knee boarding or water-skiing if you really want to be challenged. Prices for the activities vary greatly but you can contact Aristos through their social media pages for detailed information.

Kalkan activities- waterskiing

For a gentler activity you could try snorkelling around the rocky coastline. The waters are crystal clear and attract a variety of interesting local marine life. Don’t be surprised to see loggerhead turtles and balloon fish tracing the contours of the underwater rocks.

What extreme activities are available nearby?

Quad biking in Patara

This four-wheeled adventure is a great way to experience the sites of Patara’s town and national park. However, you should expect to get very dusty! You will be guided along the relatively easy trail through the hills of Patara and down to the riverside following the pathway until the river meets the beach. From here the real fun begins. As you speed along Patara’s golden sands and head for the slopes of the sand dunes you will feel your adrenaline pumping. The exaggerated sandy slopes make for a great playground and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.

Patara Quad biking

Be sure to have your sunglasses with you as you will need some protection from the dust and sand. There are two trips available daily. You have the option of morning or afternoon slots and the tour takes around 3 hours to complete. The whole experience including transfers is £35 for a single quad and £50 for a double quad (2022 season rates). You can book a tour via Volume Travel who are located in the Old Town.

Paragliding

Not for the faint-hearted, a tandem paraglide flight over the Lycian town of Kas is a sure way to get your adrenaline going. Just a 30-minute drive away from Kalkan, the neighbouring town of Kas is home to Kas Paragliding. After receiving a safety briefing, you are taken up to the runway in the foothills of Asas Mountain. Your flight will lift you into the thermals starting at around 650 metres above sea level. Then you glide through the sky above the deep blue shoreline.

Kalkan Acitivities Paragliding in Kas

A flight lasts about 25 minutes, and you will have unrivalled views of the Lycian coast. You should keep in mind that customers are not A flight lasts about 25 minutes, and you will have unrivalled views of the Lycian coast. You should keep in mind that customers are not allowed to take their own recording equipment on a flight. So take a little extra cash with you for videos and photos that are captured by the team. No previous experience is necessary for this activity as you will always have a professional paragliding pilot with you. But a strong sense of adventure will definitely help! The cost is approximately £60 per person (2022 season rates) and the whole experience will last between 1 to 1.5 hours weather depending. Companies like FlyLycia Paragliding offer experienced and professional service.

Bird's eye View Paragliding

Saklikent Gorge

A short venture inland from Kalkan’s turquoise coast will lead you to the natural wonder of Saklikent National Park. Famed for its striking canyon, which is 18 km long and 300 m deep, a trip to this park makes for exciting adventure. It’s also a welcome relief from the baking heat of summer as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with icy cold water. You can walk the canyon from as early as the month of April as most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River. The word Saklıkent in Turkish means the “hidden city” which is certainly apt for the gorgeous and peaceful natural setting of Saklikent Gorge.

Saklikent Gorge

The walk through the Gorge leads you through shallow waters over slippery rocks. You should wear clothes that you are happy to get wet and make sure you have appropriate footwear (rubber-soled sea shoes). Because there is a high risk of slipping and losing your footing, we don’t advise this trip for smaller children. Once you have completed the 4 km stretch on foot you can get really wet and cruise down the Xantos rivers rapids in a one-man raft.

A trip to Saklikent is usually combined in a day long tour. This includes a visit to Patara beach and to the historical site of Xantos or alternatively to Islamlar village. This tour usually starts with a 9 a.m. pick up and ends at approximately 6 p.m. The cost varies per person depending on which company you book with but starts at approximately £22 per person (2022 season rates). Make sure you only use fully licenced tour companies such as Adda Tours or Define Tours both of which are located in Kalkan.

Kalkan activities- rafting on the Xantos river

Scuba Diving

For an impressive array of underwater spectacles, the coastline at Kas is brilliant. The short 30-minute car journey from Kalkan to Kas harbour is well worth the visit for an incredible diving experience. With a large variety of dives, from shipwrecks to caves, and reefs scattered with ancient pottery, Kaş has something to offer for every diver. As the season runs from April through October (peak season is considered from June to September) you will have chance to partake in this out of world experience whatever time of the season you visit. The local marine life is amazingly diverse. It includes barracudas, stingrays, moray eels, loggerhead turtles, nudibranchs, groupers and many other species.

Scuba diving in Kas

Famous Diving Sites at Kas

Surprisingly, there are more than 20 diving points in Kas. So each time you venture out you can see something new and exciting. The most famous one is the ‘Flying Fish Reef & Airplane Wreck’. What makes this site so outstanding? A submerged airplane wreck from World War II has become home to an abundance of marine life. There’s also a lot of unexploded ammunition scattered around. Barracuda, stingrays, octopus, Moray eels, and massive groupers swim among the reefs but watch out for the jackfishes and triggerfishes because they bite. If you’re lucky, rare snails may make an appearance from their shelters within the reef. However, this dive is suitable for experienced divers. If you want to visit the aeroplane wreck you must be an expert diver. At a depth of 50- 65 metres anyone attempting this dive must have at least 100 logged dives.

Nudibranch in Kas underwater

The most popular site, partly due to its accessibility for divers of all levels, is the ‘Lighthouse & Ottoman Wreck’. This site is home to a is to a recreated ancient shipwreck. It dates back to the Ottoman Empire (circa 1300 BC) and sits on a reef just a few meters below the surface. The wreckage was discovered and excavated at Uluburun then re-submerged in 2006 at a depth of 22 meters. The ship and its ancient artifacts are surprisingly intact. Triggerfish, groupers, and the occasional passing fleet of barracuda visit from nearby reefs—but watch out for jellyfish. Dives go 25 meters here, making it perfect for divers of all levels.

Underwater activities- mantaray in Kas

A dive session will cost you from £40 per person (2022 season rates). Prices include use of all equipment, instruction and boat tour to diving spots. You must be 14 or older to go on a diving trip.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property Help?

We understand how valuable your time on holiday is, and you want to make the most of your visit. That’s why we offer around the clock service to all guests staying at our properties. We will be happy to help you plan your itinerary and arrange a variety of activities. Whatever your question our friendly team will be happy to advise, just contact us for more information.

Patara- A Great Day Out on your Kalkan Holiday

Kalkan is a holidaymakers gem with crystal clear waters, quaint harbour and authentic Old Town. Your two-week holiday can fly by without you having enough time to explore all the wonderful experiences Kalkan has to offer. However, if you are the type of traveller who likes to make the most out of your holiday, you may want to embark on an adventure and explore further afield. One of our favourite ‘alternative days’ to a leisurely day at a Kalkan beach club is a day at Patara. Patara is conveniently located just a 20-minute drive away from Kalkan and you can combine a really rewarding mixture of holiday experiences into one day.

Patara sands

Patara Village

If you decide to visit you will note that the village of Patara (known locally as Gelemis) is quite different from Kalkan’s quaint town. Although Kalkan has not yet been touched by mass tourism, Patara in contrast is even more sleepy and ‘authentic’ with a minimal number of small family businesses and modest accommodations. It’s also very green in comparison to Kalkan which gives it an exotic ambience but invites more mosquitos than Kalkan, so be sure to take your protective spray with you.

Gelemis Village

The Historical Site

According to legend the original city of Patara is said to have been founded by Patarus, a son of the Greek God Apollo. Today the name is still attached to the city ruins which are undergoing excavation and restoration. As recently as 2020 some exciting new discoveries have been made. These include a 1,900 year old statue of a woman and a 2,000 year old Greek snake alter.

Naval ship in historical site

Patara was the major naval and trading port of Lycia which made it very wealthy. It was also a very powerful city as it was one of the six principal cities of Lycia and held the highest number of votes. In the Roman era it was the judicial seat of the Roman governor. The city became the capital of both the Lycian and Pamphylian provinces at one time. Believe it or not there is also a significant part of Christian history in Patara as it was the birthplace of St Nicholas. Yes Father Christmas was born in Patara! It was also a place where St Paul carried out missionary work. In short, there is a lot of history connected with this site and it is well worth a visit to check it out for yourself.

What will I see?

On entering the historical site, you will see a vast amount of fallen stone. Some have intricate carvings and some make up the remains of rooms and buildings. You certainly get a feel of how vast the city once was.

However, there are 3 ‘main’ impressive structures which are largely intact. Firstly, the grand amphitheatre which has both a stage building known as a ‘skene’ and staggered seating for an audience of 8000 which follows the incline of the supporting hill. You should walk up the steps between the rows of seating to the top. The climb may be steep but you will get a fantastic, elevated view facing over the ancient city centre.

Patara amphitheatre

Secondly there is the parliament building where the representatives of the Lycian League met. It has rows of stone seats arranged in a semicircle; the same arrangement used in the chambers of the American Congress. The stone vaulted main entrances are also intact as is the thronelike perch where the president of the League sat.

Patara Parliament building

Thirdly, a little further along from the parliament building is the main street which is lined with pillars on either side.

Patara ancient main road

Another interesting monument which is being restored to its former glory is the lighthouse. As part of the ‘year of Patara festival’ in 2020 reconstruction of what may be the oldest lighthouse in the world got underway. The lighthouse is inscribed with Nero’s words: ‘I built this for the welfare of sailors’. Currently, you can see the base and the rows of stones which are laid out in preparation for rebuilding.

Patara lighthouse foundations

Patara Beach

If you are a lover of a sandy beach, then Patara beach will be a dream come true. The beautiful, fine white sand contrasted with the turquoise sea create a dazzling sight to behold. The area is steeped in history and legend has it that the sand has extraordinary healing powers. This 18 km long beach is renowned for its very shallow waters. So if you have children in your group, you can be comfortable to let them paddle. Of course, you can also swim in deeper waters however you will have to go far away from the beach. Do be cautious as there is a sudden drop in the seabed. We advise that you only give it a go if you are a confident swimmer.

Patara waves

The beach is unsheltered and open on all sides. What does this mean? Yes, you guessed it; the frequent opportunity to catch some impressive waves. This makes it an unmissable destination if you are a surfing fan. Facilities are available including sun bed and umbrellas for hire, showers, toilets. One large cafe at the centre of the beach serves snacks, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. To enter the site which encompasses Patara beach there is an entrance fee per person which doesn’t include sun beds. If you plan to drive that parking spaces for vehicles are available on site.

Patara Kum Tepesi

For spectacular sunsets you should make your way to the Küm Tepesi (translated as ‘Peak of the Sand’) area of Patara beach. You can reach this lovely spot by following winding roads uphill on the other side of Patara village. Here you won’t have to pay an entrance fee because there is no manned entrance. So, if you want to experience Patara like a local this is the place to go.  This favourite spot with the locals has huge rolling sand dunes with great views. It’s particularly populated in the evening with visitors watching the sun go down and star gazing at night.

Patara Kum Tepesi

Patara Eateries

Gelemis (Patara) is an intimate village so most of the restaurants and bars are located along the main street leading into the village centre. If you want to try a taste of a a true local tradition, there are numerous ‘gözleme evleri’ or pancake houses you can visit. These traditional style Turkish pancakes are delicious and filled with local mountain greens, cheese and spices. We’re sure you will enjoy watching the village women rolling out the pancakes over a wooden table and cooking them over open flames. We recommend trying Gözleme for breakfast or a daytime snack.

Gozleme pancake

You will also discover several family run restaurants (which are more like cafes in style) serving a range of traditional meat and fish dishes, village style mezzes and pides (Turkish pizzas). Sailing Terrace, named after its large sail offers a good range of fish and meat dishes. Durak restaurant serves traditional Turkish dishes and plenty of vegetarian options. St. Nicholas restaurant has a spacious dining terrace and a wide menu of traditional dishes and some international favourites.

Turkish mezzes

Where to drink in Patara

There are a few bars you can try which have a chilled atmosphere and serve drinks throughout the evening. A particular favourite of ours is Simbar and Beanies which is next to the local post office. By day you can try coffee and homemade cake at Beanies coffee shop. By night a range of excellent cocktails are on offer at Simbar. The setting is very romantic. Wooden pergolas covered by foliage shade the tables set about quaint garden beyond the bar. If you would like to support local artists there is a gallery at the back too!

Simbar and Beanies bar and coffee shop

How to get there

Basically, you have three options. The first is the local Dolmus service. This is a local minibus shuttle that runs between Kas and Patara regularly throughout the day and evening. You can alight at Kalkan’s bus station and arrive in the village about 25 minutes later. The bus follows the scenic route through the local villages. It will cost you the equivalent of a couple of pounds per passenger so definitely works as an economic option. Alternatively, you can go by taxi or car which will take just 15 minutes along the main road. It’s easy to find the village of Gelemis as you follow the path of one road which leads through Patara.

Dolmus local bus service

How can Kalkan Holiday Property assist?

We understand the importance of having a fulfilling holiday and having the opportunity to experience new things. At Kalkan Holiday Property we are very passionate about what Kalkan and the surrounding areas can offer to our clients. When holidaying in one of our properties, our concierge services allow you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. A member of our team will be happy to advise on activities and help you plan your holiday. 

Don’t forget to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty when you visit Patara and take an amazing shot!

Kalkan Old Town Properties – Our Top Picks

If you have visited Kalkan in the past you will know how remarkable the ambience is in the Old Town. Never visited Kalkan before? Let us paint you a picture. Aesthetically delightful and buzzing with welcoming energy, the Old Town of Kalkan is full of charm. You can stroll down winding cobbled streets adorned with colourful bougainvillea and admire the stunning architecture of traditional Greek buildings with wooden balconies. You can experience new culinary delights everyday because these streets are populated with a multitude of amazing restaurants. Beautiful boutique shops offer a range of handmade clothing, jewellery, ceramics and more. At the base of the Old Town is the pretty harbour where the gullet boats gather and most importantly public beach and crystal-clear turquoise sea. Sounds like heaven, right? Read on to see the fabulous rental properties we have in the heart of the Old Town.

Old Town Suites with Plunge Pools

Are you dreaming of spending you summer holiday in Kalkan’s gorgeous Old Town? Take a look at these lovely, restored properties tucked away on the side streets all with a private pool on the roof terrace- heaven!

Karsak Suite

Old Town townhouse- Karsak Suite

Karsak Suite is a beautifully presented 2 bedroom townhouse which has been tastefully restored keeping some of its lovely original wooden features. If you like a combination of old meets modern, then you will love the interior of Karsak Suite.

The open plan ground floor has a contemporary feel and combines a kitchen diner and living room with stylish fittings. One floor up you will find two bright bedrooms with balconies that overlook the traditional streets below. Follow the winding wooden staircase to the top floor where you will discover the jewel of this property. Here you can bask under the sun on a well-appointed sea-facing roof terrace. You even have your own plunge pool and sunbathing area to enjoy in privacy. This apartment is a wonderful place to experience the picturesque town of Kalkan because all amenities, the harbour and sea are 2-minutes walk away.

Karsak Suite roof terrace
Private plunge pool Karsak Suite
Karsak Suite Old Town restored living space
Karsak Suite bedroom

Muddy Suite

Muddy Suite Old Town central apartment

Muddy Suite can accommodate up to 6 guests in a reworked townhouse. Located next to a popular Old Town street filled with fantastic bars and restaurants you couldn’t stay anywhere more convenient. The best part of this suite is the amazing roof terrace because of its dazzling sea views. It features a comfortable seating group and dining table, built-in BBQ and raised plunge pool lined with sun loungers, so you can laze on hot summer days. You will love dining al-fresco on this terrace because you can take in the Old Town atmosphere as you look over the sea of roof terraces.

Inside you have a choice of 3 bedrooms arranged as two doubles and a twin. The first floor bedrooms have balconies overlooking the winding streets so you can enjoy views of different aspects of the Old Town lanes and historical buildings. If you love being close to the action, this property is great. Just step out of your door to discover the best local amenities the Old Town has to offer.

Muddy Suite roof terrace
Muddy Suite alfresco dining area
Muddy Suite Double bedroom
Muddy Suite open plan kitchen

Eliz Suite

Eliz Suite Old Town roof terrace

Newly refurbished for the 2021 season Eliz Suite is tastefully decorated with 1 bedroom and an open plan living space. This suite is perfect for a romantic holiday. The interior of this Suite is modern and stylishly finished, incorporating lovely Turkish tiles and natural wood. Situated in a prime central spot in Old Town, you can walk with ease to all the nearby amenities. You will love gazing out over the rooftops from the generous sea view terrace. You can take a dip in the plunge pool or dine alfresco. This is the perfect spot for you to enjoy a sundowner or to watch illuminated town at night.

Eliz Suite open plan living area
Eliz Suite indoor dining area
Eliz Suite double bedroom
Eliz Suite plunge pool

Old Town Restored Flats

If you are a couple or a young family you may want something more cost effective for your Kalkan break. These charming flats are all one bedroom with sofa beds that can comfortably accommodate one or two little people. Just a short walk from the beach, these apartments are a convenient option.

Kalamaki Flats

Kalamaki Flats Old Town apartments

This exclusive collection of 6 sympathetically restored flats provide accommodation for up to 4 guests in a contemporary self-contained apartment. They combine the concept of self-catering accommodation and hotel accommodation with an onsite caretaker, keypad secure access and elevator to all floors.

These flats are ideal if you are a young couple or family. They give you significantly more space than a hotel without you needing to break the bank. Every flat has an open plan living space, a double bedroom and separate bathroom. In the living rooms the sofas convert into beds which means up to 2 extra guests can sleep in the living area. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Kalamaki flats building is the roof terrace. Furnished with tables and chairs to accommodate guests from each flat, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner. The views from here are completely unspoiled, capturing the whole of Kalkan bay with the sea stretching out to the horizon.

Kalamaki Flats sea view apartment
Kalamaki Flats kitchen diner
Kalamaki flats shared sea view roof terrace
Kalamaki Flats bedroom
Kalamaki flats bedroom units & TV
Kalmaki Flats Shower room
Kalamaki Flats internal foyer with elevator

Old Town Apartments with Shared Pools

Do you prefer a large pool and enjoy the experience of meeting other Kalkan fans? An apartment with a shared pool terrace offers a great balance of privacy and socialising. Here are a couple of neighbouring options located on the edge of the Old Town. 

Apartment Sue

Apartment Sue- Kalkan Old Town

With an interior that tastefully combines wood, archways and traditional tiled flooring, Apartment Sue has the feel of a home-away -from-home. Sleeping up to 4 guests in two bedrooms, this quaint apartment is ideal for visitors on a budget. You will feel totally relaxed sipping your morning coffee on the private balcony which provides welcome shade and has views of the pool area and sea. If any of your party struggles with stairs this apartment is perfect as it is all on one floor and is access via a path which is at street level. This apartment complex is divided into blocks and as a result no more than 3 apartments share a pool terrace. This means you can enjoy a dip in the pool without feeling overly crowded.

Apartment Sue double bedroom
Apartment Sue twin bedroom
Apartment Sue private balcony
Saray Apartment Old Town & sea view

Saray Apartment

Saray Apartment Kalkan Old Town

Located on the same Old Town street as Apartment Sue, Saray Apartment hosts 5 guests in 3 bedrooms. Is modern interior design is your thing? If so, Saray is a great choice as it has been finished with contemporary furnishings and fittings. Another great feature at Saray apartment are the sea-facing balconies and private roof terrace. This terrace is equipped with BBQ and outdoor seating so you can really make the most of your time outside. The spacious shared terrace has a pool that winds around the building and dips under a bridge. Guests staying at Saray Apartment will have plenty of chance to socialise because there is one large communal pool terrace.

Saray Apartment modern interior
Saray Apartment twin bedroom
Saray Apartment roof terrace
Saray Apartment shared pool terrace

How can Kalkan Holiday Property help?

We understand the importance of having a fulfilling holiday and having the opportunity to experience new things. Our team at Kalkan Holiday Property are very passionate about helping our clients find the right place for them. When holidaying in one of our properties, our concierge services allow you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. If you are looking to book a luxury holiday, traditional property or working to a tighter budget, a member of our helpful team will be more than happy to advise on options and organise your reservations. 

Don’t forget to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty next time you visit and snap a picture or two at your chosen property!

Exchange Rate and Currency- Maximise your Kalkan Holiday Money

You’ve booked your Kalkan break and your departure date is getting closer. As well as the building excitement, you are probably feeling some stress. Preparing for a trip abroad is not all plain sailing. On top of important things like meeting your work deadlines and arranging pet care you have logistical tasks to complete. Your mind is buzzing with questions. Have I printed off my boarding passes? Is my luggage weight ok? What is the exchange rate right now? Do I have enough local currency to see me through my first day?

Exchange currency for Lira

Your Currency Questions Answered

Coming to Turkey on holiday and getting used to using ‘Foreign Money’ can sometimes be a little confusing right? How much should I change? Where will I get the best exchange rate? Should I obtain my foreign currency in my home country or wait till I get to Turkey? No matter how seasoned you are at travelling, these are questions we ask ourselves time and time again. It can actually make a big difference to how much fun we have. You don’t want to be worrying about finances on holiday. And the more you have to spend, the better – obviously! Read on to learn our insights about managing money and exchanging currency in Kalkan.

Foreign currency

Do I Bring Turkish Liras, Sterling, or Euros?

We’re sure you have concluded that carrying cash on you in Kalkan is a must. But what kind of currency could it be? Hotels may request (or desire) that you pay in GBP or EUR and offer you a favourable rate for doing so. But in general, for all your other expenditures you can use Turkish Lira. The culture of bartering is still widely present in Turkey. So having cash for a trip to the market or for more luxurious items can be favourable for getting you the best price.

Balance your costs and moake the most of your currency

So, if your accommodation is offering a great discount if you pay cash in a strong currency, take the requested amount with you and pay for your stay when you arrive. This way, you won’t have to carry large wads of cash with you when strolling through the town. After that, it’s a personal choice. Some visitors carry additional cash with them and swap it for Turkish Liras when they run short, while others use the ubiquitous ATMs to withdraw Turkish Liras.

Cash From ATM’s

Most Turkish ATMs accept MasterCard (Cirrus and Maestro) and Plus (Visa) cards. You can also locate the closest one online, using MasterCard’s ATM locator or Visa’s ATM locator. Turkish ATMs accept chip-and-pin cards and cards that only have a magnetic stripe on the back. However, they only accept four-digit PINs.

ATM

Where are they located?

ATM cash machines in Kalkan are easy to find as 95% of them are located on the same street. The main high street is lined on either side with banks all of which have ATM’s outside. Walk uphill from the taxi rank at the top of the Old Town and keep your eye open you will soon spot a bank.

Exchanging Currency in Kalkan; Do’s and Don’ts

Exchange rate board


One of the most frequently asked questions on Kalkan forums is regarding the exchange rate in Turkey compared to the UK. Rest assured in our many years here in Kalkan we can confidently say that exchanging your currency locally rather than before you travel will maximise your spending pot. You can check on what the local currency rates should be on the Turkish central bank website or the widely used doviz (meaning foreign currency) website to give you an idea of what to expect.

Sample exchange rates

Let’s make a comparison between UK travel money providers and local Kalkan based exchange outlets for today’s date 06.10.21

The UK rates have been sourced from money.co.uk and show the top 10 rates offered for Turkish Lira. The Kalkan rates are sourced from the PTT (post office), exchange bureau and jewellers.

UK Top 10 Lowest For £500 you getUK Top 10 Highest For £500 you getKalkan LowestFor £500 you getKalkan HighestFor £500 you get
10.5135,256.50 Turkish Lira11.6965,848.00 Turkish Lira11.8515,925.50 Turkish Lira12.0226,011.00 Turkish Lira

Where can I exchange my money in Kalkan?

DO’S:

There are numerous choices available to you. As the pound continues to be a strong currency you will find many establishments who are willing to change up your Sterling for Liras. You can easily spot places willing to exchange currency as they advertise on boards outside their entrances. Keep your eyes peeled for these as you stroll through the town and make a note of the rates so you can select the most lucrative place for that day. A few centrally located and well-known options are detailed below:

Post Office (PTT in Turkish)

Most post offices in Turkey will convert currency for US dollars or euros, and larger post offices may also exchange other significant currencies like the British pound sterling. Due to the number of British tourists who frequent Kalkan the local PTT readily exchanges GBP.

Kalkan Post Office

Exchange Bureau

Located just next to the post office the Kalkan exchange bureau offers better exchange rates than most banks. They are open day and night and offer exchange on a wide range of currencies.

Kalkan exchange bureau

Jewellers

Some of Kalkan’s well known and trusted jewellers like Yardan and Wishes & Co. will readily change currency for you and advertise their daily rates on a board outside their premises.

Kalkan Jewellers in Old Town

Gift Shops

Like the jewellers there are numerous gift shops dotted around the town who will be glad to change up your Sterling or Euros for Lira. Just look out for the boards and take your pick of the best rate you can spot.

DON’TS:

Exchange Your Money at the Airport: 

Airport bureaus consistently provide the poorest foreign exchange rates. Be prepared to accept up to an 11% commission! So, if you bring £1000 in cash, you’ll only be receiving £890 once the charge is deducted. That’s £110 you could have spent on drinks, day excursions, or dinners out.

Top Tips to Consider

1. Change your money in Turkey. You always get a better rate for Turkish Lira in Turkey than you will in your home country.

2. Always compare the rates by looking at different places. You might be surprised just how much they can vary.

3. Rates always seem to be better when the banks are open. So, after 5pm when the online trading rates are not available, you might find the rate will drop. The same goes for the weekend. We always find the best rates are available from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

4. When you have changed your currency, always count your money and check you have been given the correct amount at the point of exchange. Check it even if the server uses a counting machine or counts it out right in front of you.

5. Most exchange places do not charge a fee or commission for exchanging your currency. But do check in advance to avoid any shocks.

6. Use the calculator on your phone to check what you get is what you expected.

What about alternatives to cash?

Using your debit card may seem like the most practical option. After all, your debit card is already in your pocket. Each time you pay with your bank card abroad, you could be paying hefty currency exchange fees. Take, for example, a Halifax debit card. Each point-of-sale transaction would cost £1.50, and each ATM withdrawal would cost £1.50. In addition, a conversion cost of 2.99 % is paid each time so it’s pretty expensive. In short, you are getting fewer Turkish lira for your pounds sterling.

Pre paid cards

App-based banks and Prepaid card providers

Consider using a Monzo account or the Revolut App to get the best deal when using your card internationally. You can make use of some great beneficial features like £200 free cash withdrawal abroad, competitive exchange rates and no fees on payments made with your card when overseas. They do have slightly different approaches. Monzo is a more fully featured bank account, whereas Revolut functions as a prepaid debit card that lets you make payments in various currencies and has some additional financial services. Both offer support and advice for travelling. You can check out helpful blogs from Revolt and get travel reports from Monzo updating you on the current exchange rate for the country you are in. You can also get support from online communities who can guide you with any questions you have about using these services.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property Help?

If you are looking for a luxury villa or stylish apartment for your Kalkan visit you can peruse our varied property collection to find what you are looking for. Our experienced team are on hand to help you through the booking process and even plan your holiday itinerary, so you know how much to budget for. We are on the ground all year round and have a wealth of local knowledge so contact us for any queries you may have about your trip.

Gullet Cruise- Spend a luxurious day in Kalkan

Want a truly enjoyable and luxurious way to experience Kalkan? Then a day spent on one of the many charming gullets is our top recommendation. The quaint harbour is home to more than 40 gullets of varying sizes which offer daily cruises around the crystal-clear waters of the various bays surrounding Kalkan. Boat captains and their teams provide incredible service for great value. There is nothing more refreshing in the heat of the summer than feeling the wind in your hair as you sail from bay to bay and dive into the cool waters at the various calling points. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from a day at sea in Kalkan.

Discover Unspoiled Coves and Beaches

Tours set sail at around 9.30 a.m and you will cruise along to several beautiful bays where you can swim throughout the day. Depending on the sea conditions you can even go out as far along as Kaputas beach. This is one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey. Sat at the mouth of a towering gorge with white sands and turquoise waters Kaputas is a striking landmark.

One of the highlights of the day is the calling point at Gerenlik Beach otherwise known as ‘mud beach’. This unspoiled natural spot has walls of nutrient-full clay lining its borders. The boat crew will swim across and mix it with water for you to lather onto your body before allowing it to dry in the sun. Once rinsed off your skin feels incredibly smooth and soft. As well as being a great and comical photo opportunity this free of charge natural spa treatment goes down very well with many guests!

The pristine waters that encircle the Kalkan area are full of natural cold mineral springs. A dip in the sea gives welcome relief from the heat of the sun. As the waters are so clear snorkelling is possible at every calling point and all boats have snorkelling equipment available to use (free of charge). The salinity level of the water in this area is high. This is great for less confident swimmers as it helps you to float more easily. You can always request a noodle float from the captain to help you stay comfortably adrift if you are nervous in deeper waters.

Of course, if you are a sun worshipper then plenty of sun beds cover the bows of the gulets. You can enjoy basking in the rays whilst taking in the views and being gently rocked by the currents. With the captain and team on hand to serve beverages on request you will really feel like you are living the high life!

Nature Spotting

As well as exploring the natural landscape around Kalkan and the two islands – Snake and Mouse Island which mark the Kalkan horizon you will quite likely encounter some sea life. At lunchtime be sure to throw a little bread into the sea. You will be surprised by the shoals of swarming fish that come up to the surface. Occasionally dolphins have been spotted in the deeper waters beyond the harbour, but this is a rare sight. However, the giant loggerhead turtles which inhabit the area often pop their heads up to say hello.

A Foodie’s Delight!

If you are a lover of Turkish cuisine, then you are in for a treat. The lunches on a gulet trip are perhaps even more exciting than an evening meal at one of the fabulous Kalkan restaurants. Basically, you are getting the equivalent of Turkish tapas – but with much bigger portions. It’s a real opportunity to get a taste of a wide range of traditional, home cooked Turkish – Mediterranean dishes. A variety of freshly prepared cold and hot mezzes, chicken, fish and numerous salads are served with fresh Turkish bread. You will be amazed at what can be created in the small kitchens of these gulets.

As tempting as it is to overindulge on the delicious lunch, hold back as more food is coming! Later in the afternoon you will be served a platter of the most appetising fruit as well as cake and tea or coffee. Soft and alcoholic beverages are served throughout the day but unlike the food, are not included in the price of the trip.

How long does it last?

Typically, a daytime trip embarks on its journey at 09.30 in the morning and returns at approximately 17:30 in the afternoon. If you are not a sun-lover then you could adventure out on a sunset trip where you will sail out towards the sunset and dine under the stars. Sunset trips start from 18:30 and return at 22:30-23:00.

Is it private?

This is entirely up to you! Gulets are available for private hire for groups or families, or you can join a daily tour and take the opportunity to meet other Kalkan lovers.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on which gulet you choose and whether you want to hire privately, in which case the size of your group will in part determine the price. If you are joining a shared trip the price per person ranges from £25 each to £40 (2021 prices). Prices includes your space on the gulet and all food throughout the day.

Which boat should you choose?

Now this one is difficult to answer. We have experienced great hospitality and many memorable days on numerous gulets in Kalkan so picking out one is pretty tricky. Of course, one of the deciding factors will be availability and which boat has space for your group on any chosen day. Getting your request in early is a good idea particularly in high season. If you have infants or toddlers in your group, we recommend a day on the Falcon boat. Being one of the biggest in the harbour has the advantage of spacious decks, enclosed sides, double sun beds and plenty of shade. It’s ideal for toddlers to roam around freely and safely. You will also find a well-stocked bar with a great cocktail menu, a great bonus to this boat!

Other boats that stand out for us are Muddy, Chillout and Pina X. All are suitable for an intimate group of around 12 guests with very friendly and accommodating crews and excellent captain-come-chefs! Regardless of which boat you tour with you will have a wonderful time and a very full stomach by the end of the trip.

Special Occasions

Perhaps you are planning to celebrate something special in Kalkan? Perhaps a big birthday or anniversary or even a wedding. Why not do it in style with the fantastic backdrop of the sea? All of the gulets accommodate for such occasions with enough notice and you can be sure to have a truly memorable celebration.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property Help?

We know that you want to make the best of your time in Kalkan. That’s why we offer a round the clock service to all guests staying at our properties. Our advisors are happy to help you plan your itinerary, arrange meals or book days at any of the local establishments and even plan celebrations for special occasions. Whatever the question our friendly team will be happy to advise, just contact us for more information.

Turkey: It’s Continued Spot on the Red List

After a winter of tight restrictions and more than a year of living with Covid, many travellers have been eagerly awaiting their chance to travel to one of their favourite Mediterranean destinations – Turkey. As it stands the chances of visitors getting to Kalkan to enjoy the high season period in this little haven are slim. We are seeing flight providers cancelling their scheduled flights up to the end of August. With the next announcement due on August 5th there is not much time for travellers to rearrange cancelled flights. That is if they were to recommence again during August. Villa owners, business owners and travellers alike are now waiting with bated breath to see if there is a chance for September and October holidays in Kalkan.

When did Turkey Go on the Red List?

Turkey is on the Red List

On the 7th May 2021 the Transport Secretary Grant Schapps announced the initial phase of the traffic light system pertaining to travel from countries around the world. This took effect from May 17th when foreign travel began to open up for UK residents. From day one Turkey was placed in the Red category and to-date has remained in that category. Much to the dismay of Kalkan visitors and business owners.

What is the case rate in Turkey?

Turkey’s seven-day average case rate is 78 per 100,000. The UK’s by comparison, is 457 per 100,000.

What measures have been in place in Turkey?

Lockdown

The Turkish government implemented a full 3-week lockdown between the dates of April 29th and May 17th. The aim was to significantly reduce case numbers prior to the much-awaited tourist season commencing.

Restrictions in Turkey

Restrictions & Curfews

For many months curfews were in place across the whole of the country. On weekends “sokağa çıkma yasağı” was implemented. All residents required to stay indoors and during weekday evening curfews were enforced from 9p.m. until 5 a.m. Furthermore, many business places where groups of people could gather were closed to the public. These included sports centres, cinemas, internet cafes, games and entertainment centres, spas and hammams, tea gardens, coffee houses and restaurants. Shops and supermarkets were allowed to operate for restricted hours. Moreover certain items were restricted from sale to discourage shoppers from going out to browse or purchase non-essential items.

On the 27th June the Turkish Government announced that after an extended period of restrictions, curfews, inter – city travel restrictions would be lifted commencing July 1st.

Masks

Turkey’s mask mandate is still in place to date across all 81 provinces. Citizens are obliged to wear masks without exception in all areas. (Public areas, avenues, streets, parks, gardens, picnic areas, beaches, public transportation vehicles, workplaces, factories, etc.) This excludes private residences.

Vaccines

Turkey has administered close to 63.7 million COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign at the start of 2021. According to the Health Ministry, nearly 39.1 million people have received their first dose. While over 21 million are fully vaccinated.

International Travel

International Travel to Turkey

In seeking to limit the spread of the delta variant, the country has suspended flights from India, where the strain was first detected. Direct travel from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, and South Africa has also been suspended. 

As of June 1st, arrivals from the U.K., Iran, Egypt, and Singapore must have negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours before their departure in order to enter Turkey.

So why is Turkey in the Red?

Initially the decision for Turkey to be placed on the Red list seemed like a reasonable one. If you were to take the case numbers for the country in the week prior to the announcement. Per 100,000 people the case numbers were significant:

Istanbul530
Ankara360
Izmir223
Antalya200

However, as the 3 weekly updates were announced the decision has been widely criticised and questioned. Case numbers in Turkey decreased significantly throughout May and June. When the June 24th update was made the country had a 50% lower infection rate per 100k than the UK. Furthermore, Turkey had a significantly lower infection rate per 100k than Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Georgia. To name just a few of the countries which were on the amber list.

Red List Criteria

Decisions on red, amber and green list countries/territories are taken by ministers informed by risk assessments provided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC). According to their risk assessment report, countries are assumed to be Amber unless there is compelling evidence to suggest they fall into the Green or Red categories. The government website for the JBC stipulates the following for Red list countries:

  • Red – presenting a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern (VOC), known high-risk variants under investigation (VUI) or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of COVID-19

To put it in layman’s terms for you, destinations have been assigned to each list based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics. These include vaccination numbers, infection rates and prevalence of variants. If these are the primary factors in the decision making, how then, you ask, can Turkey possibly still be on the Red list? The vaccination program is going well. Case numbers are low and restrictions are in place for entry into Turkey for high risk countries. In which case, there must be some other determining factor for the decision to keep Turkey Red.

Turkey as a Travel Hub

British Airways’ former strategy chief, Robert Boyle has reportedly successfully predicted that Turkey would stay on the red list. This is despite the fact it did not technically “belong there”. The reason why you ask? Turkey is a major hub for international travel with Istanbul as a major stopping point for many connecting flights.

Pre-pandemic, Turkish airlines flew to more destinations than any other airline in the world. Flight connected everywhere from LA in the west to Tokyo in the east. While its main base, Istanbul airport continued to operate a large number of flights during the pandemic, becoming the busiest airport in Europe in 2020.

So perhaps this explains the UK governments concern regarding allowing British holidaymakers to visit Turkey. At the beginning of 2021 none of us in the Kalkan tourism sector could have predicted that the 2021 season would have been even more of a disappointment than the 2020 season. The hope of Covid jabs being the way back to normalcy is proving to have a far slower result than anticipated. This has left many would-be travellers feeling hopeless and frustrated.

How has it affected reservations?

You will not be surprised to hear that reservations for the 2021 season have dropped significantly. Dates up until the end of August have almost completely been cancelled by British tourists. As the FCO advises against all essential travel to Turkey most insurance policies are invalid. This is causing concern for travellers. Even if Turkey moved to Amber holidaymakers are worried that there could be a quick revert back to Red.

So just like in 2021 we have seen many reservations moved to 2022. Many guests have given up on 2021 completely due to so much uncertainty around travel.

When will Turkey’s position change?

When can you travel to Turkey

None of us can anticipate what the Government will decide next. More reports are emerging on the efficacy of the Covid jabs. Supposedly they are weakening the link between cases, hospitalisations, and deaths. So there is some hope that UK citizens who have received two doses will be allowed to travel to Turkey sooner rather than later.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property Help?

Have you been let down with your accommodation? Do you need to move dates to next year? Or are you looking for alternative options or seeking properties with flexible terms? Then we are here to assist. You can browse our property page or contact us for helpful advice.

Turkish Bath- A Ritual Not To Be Missed

Never had the pleasure of indulging in a Hammam (Turkish Bath)? Then your next trip to Kalkan is absolutely the time to try. “Hammam”, originally meant both the public steam room and the deep cleansing ritual which takes place inside it. It is a wonderfully rejuvenating ceremony that will leave you feeling relaxed, cleansed and lighter. The treatment helps to expel toxins from the body as well as leaving your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

In the past century the Turkish Bath has changed from being a fundamental social activity to a nearly forgotten remnant of the past. It would be misleading to say that going to a hammam today is getting a taste of current local life. A large number of Turks no longer regularly frequent hammams as they did in the past. Nevertheless, a visit to a hammam is a chance to experience a rich and unique bit of historical tradition. The tourism industry is helping this tradition to stay alive despite local cultural shifts.

Public Bathing in History

Public baths and purification rituals have been a prominent feature throughout history. They can be traced across many territories and bygone cultures. Ancient Greece, Ancient Japan, the Roman Empire and the Middle East are just a few examples. Turkish Baths evolved from the model of Roman thermae. These were a vital social institution in any Middle Eastern city for centuries before the start of modern plumbing. Inspired by their religion, the Ottomans conformed to their own rules on cleanliness and merged this with Roman bathing habits. While the Roman and Byzantine baths had pools, Hammams did not. Standing water is seen as unclean and not fit for drinking or purifying the body. Instead, they doused themselves in flowing water from taps whilst sitting on heated marble benches.

Hammams played a central role in promoting hygiene and public health. Furthermore they served as meeting places for and socialising and purifying before prayer. Unsurprising then that many Hammams can be found next to a mosque. It was common for them to be built side by side to allow worshippers to be clean. Some impressive historical hammams still stand today in Istanbul. The oldest of which, Ağa Hamamı, was built in 1454. The number one rated hammam in Istanbul is the 300 year-old Cağaloğlu Hamamı which has both historical and architectural importance as it is the last great Turkish bath constructed before Sultan Mustafa III prohibited the construction of great baths in 1768.

Order of Ceremony

Here is a brief description of what to expect from this long-standing ritual:

Step 1: Disrobe

On arrival you will be handed a peştemal (a thin Turkish towel often available to purchase). You will then being sent to change and can wrap the peştemal around the lower part of the body (for men) or around the centre of the body (for women). The most common practice nowadays is to keep your swimwear on. Keep in mind that the larger the swimwear the less of your body will be able to benefit from the exfoliation treatment.  

Step 2: Heat up

The main focus of the hammam treatment is to detoxify and cleanse the body by removing old skin. In order to do this you must first get hot! On entering the “hot room” your hammam journey begins. Some centres have separate saunas or steam rooms for this part of the ritual or you may go directly into a ‘sıcaklık’. This is the main hammam room made from marble which is heated both around the edges and in the centre where the ‘göbek taşı’ (the central heating stone) is found.  Your time in the hot room usually last around 15-20 minutes. If there is no sauna or steam room available you should dowse your whole body with hot water that flows from the taps around the edge of the hammam room to make your skin warm and soft.

Step 3: ‘Kese Köpük’ Exfoliation and foam massage

You will be invited to lie down on the heated göbek taşı where your attendant will begin the exfoliation part of the ritual. Your skin will be scrubbed with a rough mit (called a ‘Kese’) which removes all the dead skin from your body. Contrary to popular belief this does not remove your tan. In fact it will help you to get a better colour by removing old layers of skin. If you have sensitive skin be sure to make the attendant aware before the treatment begins so they can adjust the amount of pressure they use to exfoliate you. Following the exfoliation is the foam massage where you are covered in bubbles from traditional style soap and massaged on your back and legs.

Step 4: Rinse off

You will now be doused in cool water until all of the foam is washed away. You may have a hair wash and quick head massage if you wish at this point. If you like a specific shampoo it’s a good idea to take this with you for the attendant to use. 

Step 5: Relax with Refreshments

You will now be guided out of the hot room to a lounging area where you can have some apple tea, or cold fruit juice. Usually you will be offered a clay mud face mask which will sit on your skin while you recline. At this point you may get a little drowsy as the after effects of the detoxification come in to play. It literally feels like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. The whole experience should last between 45 minutes to an hour.

A Few Turkish Bath Tips

-Don’t go straight after a meal. The combination of heat, scrubbing and massage could be quite unpleasant if you have a full stomach.

-Stay hydrated! You’re going to lose a lot of fluid sweating so it’s a good idea to start properly hydrated and drink water after using a sauna or steam room.

-Socialise. Traditionally Hammams were social places and this relaxing leisure activity should be enjoyed in the same way today so go with friends or family, laugh, chat and unwind.

Which Turkish Bath?

Kalkan is home to a number of both independent hammams and hotel spas which have hammam facilities. The question is which one should you choose? If a day of lounging appeals to you then one of the hotels may be a good choice. Some offer packages including breakfast or lunch and you can make use of their pool and sun terrace facilities. Both the Elixir Hotel and the Lykia Residence & Spa have popular spa amenities and beautiful grounds ideal for spending some time luxuriating in peace. On the other hand if you want an invigorating scrub but have a busy timetable planned a visit to one of the independent hammams like the Atlantis or Arcadia hammams may be a better choice. 

What can Kalkan Holiday Property do for you?

We understand the importance of having a fulfilling holiday and having the opportunity to experience new things. Our team at Kalkan Holiday Property are very passionate about what Kalkan has to offer our clients. When holidaying in one of our properties, our concierge services allow you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. If you are looking to book a treatment as a group or on your own, a member of our helpful team will be more than happy to advise on options and organise your reservations. 

Don’t forget to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty next time you visit and snap a picture at one of these marvellous local hammams!