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!

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!

Beach Clubs: A day in Kalkan

Kalkan’s picturesque shoreline is marked by numerous waterfront beach clubs. Each boasts a unique view of the town, harbour and sea. Some are embellished with quaint platforms, others with pebbled coves. Many have water themed amenities such as floating platforms or sea trampolines. Whichever establishment you visit expect a full service of food and beverages as well as sun loungers and access to the sea. You will be blown away by the choice of stunning views and crystal clear sea waters to swim in!

A get-away to the charming town of Kalkan is never complete without a visit to one (if not several) of the fantastic beach clubs this seaside resort has to offer. Read on to discover which of these sea-front havens may be the perfect spot for you. 

Indigo Beach Club

Indigo beach club is located on the far side of Kalkan harbour. An early morning stroll to the entrance is a great opportunity for you to see the various gullets which inhabit the marina. Indigo has a generous bar and restaurant area which boasts spectacular views out to sea.

Indigo Beach Club dining area

The sunbathing terrace is one level below the restaurant and has plenty of sun loungers and parasols. You can access the sea directly via steps above the rocks . A daily highlight you will surely enjoy is the complimentary Turkish Çay (tea) and cake which is served late in the afternoon.

Indigo Beach Club

If you are an adrenaline junky Indigo beach club is a great place to spend the day. It is home to Kalkan’s excellent water sports company Aristos. They have their main platform at Indigo although they do provide services to several other beach clubs. You can get picked you up from across the bay in one of their speed boats.

Aristos Water Sports
Aristos Water Sports

Aristos cater for all demographics and offer various activities and services. Sailing, boat renting, speed boat trips, paddle boarding, kayaking, motorised water sports-inflatables and jet-skis are all available for you to try. Perhaps you would like to learn a new skill? Then why not take a lesson in Water-skiing, Wake-boarding, Mono-skiing or even Knee-boarding.

Indigo Beach Club Wedding
Entrance fee:

A fee is charged per person for use of the sunbeds and showers.

Food & Drink:

A varied menu of food and drinks is available day and night at an extra cost. Definitely try the fishcakes for lunch, they are the best we have had in Kalkan. There are also semi-regular themed nights at Indigo where you can try a variety of world cuisine. We have visited on Thai and Mexican night and the menu was delicious and varied for a great price!

Special Occasions:

Indigo beach club is one of the frequently chosen venues for holding wedding ceremonies and parties. The venue can be hire privately for the day and they have great facilities for catering for a wedding group.

Access:

You can reach this beach club on foot by walking along the harbour. If you have a car parking is available near to the side entrance of the club.

Palm Beach Club

Palm beach club is situated on the opposite side of the bay from Indigo beach club and is a fantastic place for you to observe Kalkans’ stunning sunsets. Its’ position means it gets the sun late into the evening so you can enjoy a cocktail and watch the sun sink behind the mountains.

Palm Beach Club

You have a choice of sunbathing spots as the platforms are split over several levels. For frequent dips in the sea you can settle yourself on the large wooden platform just above the sea. If you have smaller children in your group there is a small private pebble beach next to a cave. This little beach is ideal for getting in and out of the sea easily with toddlers. Prefer a quieter spot? Choose a bed placed among the plush greenery that grows around the club. Other facilities at Palm beach that you can enjoy include a games area with table tennis, foosball and pool table as well as a large platform and trampoline in the sea (free of charge).

Palm Beach Club Trampoline
Palm Beach Club Pebble Beach

If you feel like having a break from the sun to pamper yourself a professional masseur is set up at Palm Beach. A private massage room overlooks the sea and a range of therapies are available including reflexology, head and face massage and full body massage. Aristos water sports services are available from this beach club just ask the staff to help you arrange a sport and available time.

Palm Beach Club Massage
Palm Beach Club Massage
Entrance fee:

You will be charged a fee per person during the daytime for use of sun beds and showers.

Food & Drink:

Palm beach offers a variety of food and drinks from breakfast to dinner with Turkish cuisine as well as classic snacks and popular lunch choices like salads and pastas. A new a la carte restaurant was constructed and opened for the 2020 season with a once-a-week live traditional Turkish music performance with a menu that features seafood and Turkish mezzes. We recommend one of their tasty fresh salads for lunch and the stuffed calamari form the evening al a carte menu is divine.

Special Occasions:

This beach club is another favourite venue for wedding ceremonies and parties and can help you to arrange decorations on request.

How to get there:

Palm beach offers a complimentary water taxi that leaves regularly from the harbour or can be reached by car or local taxis.

Zest Beach Club

Zest beach club is a fairly new addition to Kalkan as it launched in 2019 and is the next club along the bay from Palm beach club. You have a choice of stone paved or wooden sunbathing terraces which get day-long sun. As well as access to the sea for swimming there is a 25 metre saltwater infinity pool ideal for those in your group who are less confident at swimming in the sea. A word of warning however. If you are nervous about heights then this may not be the best beach club for you. To access each platform there are a maze of steep steps some of which look right down to the sea below.

Zest Beach Club
Zest Beach Club Pool
Zest Beach Club dining
Entrance fee:

A fee is charged for entrance and use of sunbeds and facilities, they do have a reservation system unlike the other beach clubs. Reservations must be made by email/whatsapp request before arrival and beds will be reserved until 11 a.m.

Food & Drink:

Zest offers you a choice of two bars and two restaurants which provide breakfast lunch and evening meals with fantastic burgers and wonderful fruit salads if you fancy a sweet treat. There is a good cocktail menu you can choose from. The location is great for enjoying a sundowner.

How to get there:

Zest also offers a complimentary water taxi that leaves regularly from the harbour or can be reached by car or local taxis.

Mahal Beach Club

Mahal beach club is part of the Villa Mahal Hotel but will welcome you as an external guest. The beach club area consists of platforms built into the hillside hidden under the shade of olive trees. These platforms are spaciously arranged to give you more privacy. So as you may have guessed this beach club is best suited to couples/adults. If you are a family with children don’t worry you will still be welcomed although there are fewer child-suited amenities here. Mahal is another beach club which is perfectly positioned on the left side of the bay to enjoy the sunset views.

Mahal Beach Club
Mahal Beach Club Bar
Mahal Beach club dining
Entrance Fee:

You will be charged a fee per guest during the day for use of the sun beds and showers

Food & Drink:

You can use Mahal’s offers a restaurant and bar throughout the day. In the evening the dining area and platforms are transformed into a chic waterfront restaurant with soft lighting and spectacular views of Kalkans’ harbour. If you want a romantic setting this is great as you can see the hills lit-up with their twinkling lights reflecting across the waters. The most popular dish at lunchtime is a pide- a Turkish style pizza cooked in a stone oven.

How to get there:

Mahal offers a complimentary water taxi for you to use which leaves regularly from the harbour or you can get there by car or local taxi.

Kalkan Beach Park

Kalkan beach park is found towards the edge of the left side of Kalkan’s main bay below the area known as Kışla. If you have younger children this may be the one for you. Kalkan beach park is the most family friendly beach club with a children’s playground, small beach, trampoline and platform in the sea. It’s also the best place for you to get a chance at spotting sea turtles. Being furthest from the harbour means the waters are less disturbed by passing boat traffic.

Kalkan Beach Park
Kalkan Beach Park
Entrance fee:

This is the only beach club that will not charge you to the use of the facilities. However, as a visitor you are expected to make use of the bar or restaurant. You are not permitted to bring in any food or drink from outside.

Food & Drink:

Dining is available served morning to evening at the restaurant. You have the choice of two bars at each end of the beach club serving hot, cold and alcoholic refreshments throughout the day. Try the seafood pizza for a delicious lunchtime snack.

How to get there:

Similar to other beach clubs Kalkan beach park offers a complimentary water taxi that leaves regularly from the harbour or can be reached by car or local taxis.

Yalı Beach Club

Yalı beach club is on the opposite side of the bay from the above-mentioned clubs and is spaced across several levels of wooden decking built into the rock cliffs. If you are staying on the Kalamar Road area of Kalkan this beach club is more conveniently located. Plus the position means you get a different viewpoint with the towering mountains above the seascape.

Yali Beach Club

You can hire large Ottoman seating areas for the day. You will pay an extra fee but it is worth it if you have a special occasion you would like to celebrate. Choose from two floating platforms which are anchored in the sea at Yalı beach club for sunbathing on the turquoise waters.

Yali Beach Club
Yali Beach Club Dining
Entrance fee:

The beach club has agreements with a few hotels in Kalkan and for their guests entrance to the beach club is free. So don’t be put off if you are paying and someone else doesn’t! There is a set charge per guest for use of sun beds, umbrellas, showers and towels for all other visitors.

Food & Drink:

Yali beach serve food and drink morning to evening and their dining area sits on a platform just above the sea with wonderful views. Their frozen cocktails and frozen smoothies are perfect to cool you down in the heat of the summer.

How to get there:

Yalı beach club can be accessed by taxi or on foot and is located in the Kalamar area of Kalkan.

Kalamar Beach Club

Kalamar Beach Club is the only beach club found in Kalamar bay. Here the waters are a little warmer than other areas of Kalkan if you prefer a more temperate dip!.Unique to this beach club, kayaks and pedalos are available to use free of charge to visitors. Kalamar beach club is popular amongst families with children and young adults and has a capacity of up to 200 guests. Reasonably priced food and drink is readily available from morning until evening.

Kalamar Beach Club
Kalamar Beach Club

Are you into diving? Perhaps you are a novice and fancy giving it a try? The Kalkan Dive Centre platform and team are well equipped to help you. They offer everything from scuba diving to jet skis and private boat hire to trampolines. Book a diving trip with the team and discover stingrays, turtles and starfish which make an appearance from time to time around the reefs and islands. You can expect visibility of up to 30m in clear blue water and sea temperatures between 18 – 30C.

Kalkan Dive Centre
Diving in Kalkan
Entrance fee:

There is a charged a per person fee for the use of sunbeds, pedalos and kayaks.

Food & Drink:

You can enjoy reasonably priced food and drink is readily available from morning until evening. Chicken skewers and grilled fish are a popular choice from their restaurant.

How to get there:

There is no water taxi to Kalamar beach club it is situated in Kalamar bay. This is a separate bay from Kalkan’s main bay. They do however pay for taxis for guests. When you arrive you can go town to the restaurant area to open your tab without paying the taxi driver.

What can Kalkan Holiday Property do for you?

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

The Lycian Way- A Walk Through Time (Part 3)

If you want to discover Turkey then this epic trail is the perfect place to start. The Lycian Way is a long-distance hiking trail which follows the Teke peninsula in the Mediterranean part of South Turkey. You will explore local nature, culture and history. There are numerous fascinating historical sites for you to visit along this route. Whilst at the same time you can explore lessor known areas of Turkey’s natural beauty. From breath taking coastline to fruit-filled rural hamlets this trail will lead you on a truly enriching cultural adventure. With 509 km of walkway to cover, hiking the whole trail is a big commitment. It takes around a month to complete so unless you are a seasoned hiker choosing a section to hike for a day or two is perhaps more realistic. You will still find it a very rewarding way to spend some of your holiday.

Lycian Way starting point

Following the Trail

The route, which was ‘launched’ in 1999 after a significant research project. It is not, however, comprised of one single road. There are a combination old Roman roads, forest trails and dirt tracks. Impressively a total of 25 antiquated sites are connected by the trail, which tell the story of the great Lycian League. The intention for this project was to both preserve and share the ancient marvels which populate this epic trail and to bring tourism to more rural areas of Turkey.

Helpful Guides

A British/Turkish amateur historian named Kate Clow embarked on the mammoth task of researching, designing and waymarking this epic trail. She rallied political and financial support and assembled a team of volunteers to help plan the best route. Furthermore, she has created fantastic resources to allow travellers like you to make the most out of the route. These include a guidebook for the trail and in collaboration with the Turkish Culture Routes Society a Lycian Way app. The app is available to you on iphone and android. They give you extensive information on points of interest, contoured maps and accommodation options.

Lycian Way trail waymarks

Lycian Way Waymarks

The standard waymarks for the route reflect the colours of the Turkish flag (although other colours are also used). You will see red and white rectangles painted on rocks and garden walls. These are more frequent in areas where the trail curves and coils and less frequent on straighter parts of the route. You should look out for signposts along the route topped with the header Likya Yolu. Yellow arrows are position below pointing you in the direction of the nearest calling points in each direction of the walkway.

Lycian Way trail waymarks

Which Lycian Way Route Should You Take?

Embarking on the full 29 day journey required to complete the trail is almost certainly too great a challenge for most. You can easily spend a few days of your holiday exploring parts of the trail, as the walkway is separated into many different sections. There are lots of great ‘short routes’ you could complete in a day or two. And yes they are within relatively easy reach of our beloved town of Kalkan.

Ovacik Route

The easiest of these is the 6 km section at the start of the trail leading from Ovacik, through Oludeniz with its’ breath taking Blue Lagoon and onto the Ghost town of Kayakoy.

Lycian Way route sections
Lycian Way route sections, Kayakoy

Faralya and the Butterfly Valley

Another moderate section of the walkway runs between Faralya and Kabak. You will follow rural roads through unspoiled forests and meadows for approximately 8 km. The small village of Faralya is located in an elevated position above the Butterfly Valley. Here you will find a few highly recommended pansiyons for spending the night. If you prefer camping accommodation for tents is also available in this tranquil spot. You will love the incredible views over the valley and out to sea.

To add a real challenge to this section of the walkway you can descend down the butterfly valley to the beach but beware it is incredibly steep. In order to get to the bottom you will use ropes fixed to the rocky facade. We advise you not to take heavy rucksacks as the descent it tricky. You should allow a few hours for this detour. If you decide to take it to allow time for steady climbing as well as enjoying the views from the beach and a dip in the waters.

Lycian Way route sections, Butterfly valley

Local Village Routes

For a taste of traditional village life you could try the route which goes between the villages of Uzumlu, Islamlar, Bezirgan and Saribelen. These villages are all local to Kalkan. They have kept their traditional charm and are scarcely populated with families of farmers and shepherds. You will see old stone houses and wooden “ambarlar” where food is stored on stilts. You will come across multitudes of orchards with organic fruit trees, friendly-faced locals and of course the odd Mosque.

Lycian Way route sections
Lycian Way route sections

Spring is a particularly good time for you to walk this section. During this time the villages of Bezirgan and Saribelen are full of blossoming almond trees.  This section of the route is 23 km long with a steep incline between Bezirgan and Saribelen. So by the time you get to the end you may want to stay in one of the pansiyons at Saribelen for the night and regain some strength.

Village Life
Saribelen Village

You can access the start and end points for the above short routes by public transport. This is in the form of the local Dolmus services. These are small minibuses that charge you a minimal fee. They travel to other towns and main bus stations for connecting journeys.

Nature & Wildlife

Turkey's mediterranean coast

As well as the incredible historical and social exploration the Lycian Way has to offer, the terrain of the trail itself holds many natural wonders. As you trek your way up soaring mountains, through extended valleys and along hidden coastal paths with secluded beaches you will observe profoundly beautiful scenery and become acquainted with a variety of native creatures.

Baby Tortoise
Lizzard

You will commonly spot deer and wild goats along the route. Also expect to see smaller creatures such as porcupines, rabbits, red squirrels, lynx, tortoises and a variety of lizards including chameleons.

Mountain goats

If you are a bird spotter there are many species of birds which you can see throughout the year. Due the mild climate there are two rare breeds which you may come across: the Smyrna kingfisher and the wall climber.

Smyrna kingfisher
Rare wall climber

You may encounter endangered and dangerous animals along the way too. Snakes and scorpions live in certain mountainous areas along the trail so you should stay vigilant.

Scorpion
Loggerhead Turtle

The endangered loggerhead turtles lay their eggs at both Patara beach and Cirali beach near to the site of Olympos and you can often see them in the turquoise waters along the coast. So if you decide to take a much needed dip in the sea to cool off along the way be sure to look out for their heads bobbing above the waves.

Hiking the Lycian Way

Where to sleep?

You will find that most accommodation along the Lycian Way route are family-run guesthouses. These are locally known as Pansiyons. Although these modest abodes may lack luxury they certainly make up for in traditional charm and warm hospitality. If the early parts of the routes appeal to you there are several quaint B&B’s to choose from. The Kayakoy Pansiyon is a reasonably priced 3 bedroomed wooden framed guest house in the heart of Kayakoy village near to many eateries.

Pansiyons along the Lycian Way
Pansiyons along the Lycian Way

At Faralya the Montenegro Motel and George House are well known hosts for partakers of the Lycian Way. They will offer you help with the routes and information on wildlife, flora and fauna to look out for. Montenegro has a number of traditional stone and timber chalets set in a beautifully maintained garden full of brightly coloured flowers. George House also allows campers to pitch their tents on their sea view terrace provided they make use of the restaurant for refreshments.

Pansiyons along the Lycian Way
Pansiyons in Saribelen

If the village route appeals to you the  Hidden Garden is a great half-way stop off point between Islamlar and Akbel villages where you could spend the night before continuing on to Bezirgan village. Similar to the Kayakoy Pansiyon, Hidden Garden offers a number of wooden cabins for accommodation all nestled in thick greenery in a quiet location.  Alternatively you could spend an evening at the much-loved Moonstone House  in Saribelen, a welcoming haven after the elevating trek from Bezirgan village. If you are an animal lover you will be in your element here as the hosts take care of a large number of cats and dogs on their grounds.

What will you need?

The Lycian Way route leads you through populated areas between its’ rural and historical calling points. So you don’t ned to worry too much about taking lots of food supplies or cooking equipment. Trust us there are plenty of great options along the way. You can stock up at local convenience shops for snacks. Alternatively you can take a break to have lunch and the pansiyons provide wonderful Turkish breakfasts and evening meals. Make sure you have bottles which you can refill with water at one of the many public water fountains along the route. You will also find villagers full or hospitality and are happy to share their water or provide refreshing Turkish cay or fresh fruit juice in their gardens.

Good hiking boots are a must as the trail cuts through rocky terrain and of course be sure to carry Turkish Lira as rural areas don’t tend to support card payments. Many of the archaeological sites have an entrance fee which you should keep in mind when planning your budget for any sections you plan to walk.

How can Kalkan Holiday Property Help?

If you are searching for a quality holiday property to stay in before or after walking any sections of the Lycian Way please get in touch. Our professional team will be happy to assist. We can also advise you on more interesting sites to visit and help you plan your itinerary. 

The Lycian Way- A Walk Through Time (Part 2)

Skirting the captivating turquoise waters of the Mediterranean coast is the Lycian Way. This is Turkey’s first long-distance hiking trail. The trail spans some 509 km through highlands, rural villages, coastal cliffs and secluded beaches. It connects popular holiday resorts from Fethiye to Antalya. If you were to trek the walkway in full from start to finish it would take you around 29 days. You follow the contours of the Teke peninsula through divided sections. This means you can try a 3 or 4-day hike or even a one-day excursion.

Lycian Way hiking

The walkway repeatedly appears in top 10 lists for the world’s greatest walking trails. It will lead you through a mix of beautiful coastline, intriguing ancient Lycian sites, rural farming villages and wild Mediterranean terrain. If you are looking for a Turkish cultural experience- this is it!

Sites of Historical Significance on the Lycian Way

While the Lycian Way connects a vast number of fascinating ancient ruins there are some major sites which are certainly worth exploring. Many of the sites of ancient Lycia are featured in the Unesco tentative list. This is because they are unique to the Teke peninsula of Turkey. They also bring to light a wealth of information about the Lycian civilisation, it’s traditions and Indo-European language.

Xantos

Another major significance of the Lycian union is that it is the first known democratic federation in history which is said to have inspired the democratic systems we are familiar with today. In this system, principle cities had 3 votes while the others had 2 votes or 1 depending on their size. Here is a brief introduction to some of the interesting places which had major roles to play in Lycian society: Xantos

Xantos ancient site

Discovered by the British archaeologist Charles Fellows in 1839 the city of Xantos was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and dates back to the 8th Century BC. Xantos is linked with the close-by site of Letoon. The Xantos-Letoon sites are the only sites on the Lycian Way route on the Unesco World Heritage site list. This is because the two neighbouring settlements exhibit the most comprehensive examples of Lycian architecture. They also housed the most important unveiled inscriptions of the Lycian language.

Remains at Xantos ancient site

Sadly you can no longer see some of the most elaborate artifacts belonging to Xantos. They were shipped to England by Charles Fellows and you can now view them in the British Museum. The most famous of these is the Neried Monument. This large tomb is believed to have been built for Arbinas, a Xanthian ruler.

Nevertheless you will still find a wealth of intriguing structures and carvings at Xantos. Stone tombs, a Byzantine street and mosaics are some of the intriguing artefacts you can explore.

Location:

Found on the western part of the Lycian Way 46 km outside of Fethiye.  This part of the Lycian Way leading to Xantos is largely asphalt and not very challenging. So many trekkers choose to use the local dolmus bus services to access the site. You can alight at the bus stop in the village of Kinik by the main bridge and go on foot (about 1.3 km) to the ruins. If you are determined to get your step count up then this part of the route is an easy section to tackle.

Letoon

You will feel a mystical quality at this site which is entwined with sacred legend. It has origins in the worship of the Anatolian mother-goddess Eni Mahanahi and Greek mythological tales of nymphs and Gods.

Purportedly named after one of the national deities of Lycia Leto, the ancient site of Letoon was an important religious sanctuary for the Lycian people. At the spiritual centre three temples were erected. One to the Goddess Leto, and a further two: one to each of her twin children Apollo and Artemis.

Letoon ancient site
Nymphaeum at Letoon ancient site

You will see various architectural structures at this site. These include an amphitheatre, a Basilica, and a nymphaeum connected to a sacred spring and porticoes which rise out of amphibian filled water. The ties to water were of great importance. Nymph worship was predominant in the area until the 1st century and the Letoon springs were believed to influence fertility.

Location:

Found on the western part of the Lycian Way route, 65 km outside of Fethiye. Similar to the Xantos site the route to Letoon is largely on asphalt so there is not much to see. You can also use the local dolmus bus services to access this site. The bus stops at the Letoon junction. From here you will trek about 1 km on foot to the ruins.

Myra

The site of Myra was one of the six principle cities in Lycia and eventually overtook Xantos as the capital in the 5th century AD. The towering rock-cut tombs in the hills of this ancient site are an impressive sight. The largest amphitheatre of Lycia is also located at Myra.

Myra ancient site
Amphitheatre at Myra ancient site
Rock tombs at Myra ancient site

Further to these spectacular ruins you can visit the Museum of Lycian Civilisations. The museum is located near the site of what is modern day Demre. The building itself is a converted ancient granary and holds many artefacts of the Lycian Union.

A trip to this area would not be complete without a visit to the St. Nicholas Church. Yes that’s right! If you didn’t already know Father Christmas was actually born in Turkey. Reportedly in the ancient city of Patara between 260 and 280 AD. He served as a beloved Bishop in Myra and became known throughout the land. He was famed for generosity to the needy, his love for children and his concern for sailors and ships. It is this charitable nature that allowed his legend to develop into the character we know and celebrate today.

Church of St. Nicholas Facade
Church of St. Nicholas Facade
Location:

This route is in the Lycian Way’s central section in what is now known as the town of Demre. Myra comes at the end of at least a 2-day long hike. You should only try this section if you are more experienced. We do not advise this section for novices as there are limited places for refilling water and the terrain is tricky. Also the section of the route leading to the site has no accommodation. Camping is the only option you have when embarking on this section of the Lycian Way (Finike-Myra distance 19km)

Central Lycian Way- Olympos

The ancient site of Olympos tells the story of yet another one of the six major cities in Lycia. This was determined by its’ depiction on the Lycian Union coinage. The city’s geographical situation alongside the Akcay river and close to the sea means it served as a centre for trade and was a pirate refuge for many centuries. The ruins of the city are today encompassed in the Beydaglari Coastal National Park. This park has over 74,000 acres (30,000 hectares) of coastal cliffs, beaches, and mountains. For us the site of Olympos and connecting sections of the Lycian Way are particularly enthralling. The historical remains are in a truly spectacular natural setting.

Lycian Way route

A necropolis on the south side of the river contains striking chamber tombs cut into the rock. Beyond the necropolis lie remains of a small overgrown Roman theatre with an elaborate entrance and a Roman church. There is also a Hellenistic quay and ruins of a granary. You can see two well-preserved tombs further along the river. One has a poetic inscription in memory of an ancient ship captain together with detailed carving of his beached boat.

Ruins along the Lycian Way
Ruins at Olympos ancient site

Chimaera Flames

Approximately 13km west of the site of Olympos high in the mountains is another unmissable spectacle. Known locally as “Yanartas” which literally translates as “burning stone” it’s quite a sight to behold. The Chimaera Burning Stone is a naturally occurring phenomenon caused by natural gas. The gas emits from cracks in the limestone and serpentine mountainside, creating flames that dance above the rocks. Unsurprisingly these flames are subject to myth and have apparently been burning for thousands of years. In Greek Mythology the Chimaera was a fierce fire breathing creature made up of a lion, a goat and a dragon. This creature was said to have terrorised Lycia until slain by the hero Bellerophon and then fell and got trapped in the earth.

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If you are searching for a quality holiday property to stay in after walking any sections of the Lycian Way contact us. Our professional team will be happy to assist. You can also visit our properties page to browse our fantastic collection. We can also advise you on more interesting sites to visit and help you plan your itinerary.