We know what you’re thinking. Why Kalkan? What is so great about Kalkan? Well, we’re here to tell you exactly why Kalkan is so fantastic, that we’ve based our entire business on this specific part of Turkey.
Famously referred to as ‘the Jewel’ of the Lycian Turquoise coast and nestled at the foot of the Taurus mountains, Kalkan is unlike any other beach resort destination. Originally a fishing village, a hub for the silk trade and other fineries over 200 years ago, the harbour is now sprinkled with stylish lounge bars and rooftop terraces, the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset and stunning views.
A Turkish version of the Italian Riviera, full of charm and timeless beauty, the narrow cobbled streets of Kalkan’s Old Town are brimming with Ottoman Greek whitewashed architecture with painted wooden shutters and fabulous cosmopolitan inspired boutiques. Bougainvillea fills the streets of this beautiful town, a wonderful contrast against the white of the houses.
Ortaalan, also referred to as the new town of Kalkan, is situated at the heart of the town and boasts an array of fabulous and tourist-friendly amenities.
Fine dining is one of Kalkan’s most attractive offerings and has become a way of life for its residents. It is said that Kalkan offers travellers the largest choice of dining options along the entire Turkish coast!
The people of Kalkan are the town’s best asset, extending pleasantries, warm gestures and a welcome with open arms, leaving guests feeling at home and at ease.
Stunning sandy beaches, preserved ancient architecture, fabulous eateries and bustling nightlife. What more could you want from your holiday?
If you’re an avid diver, then Kaş is the place for you. Known as one of Turkey’s leading scuba diving destinations with over 15 diving schools and centres, Kaş offers an array of tropical fish, molluscs and reptiles including octopuses and turtles.
Not only is Kaş swimming in magical sea life, but it also offers a variety of underwater wreckages to be explored, including a number of ships lost at sea and a World War II plane.
Every Friday, the locals set up market stalls to sell their fresh homegrown produce amongst other locals and tourists. Every year Kaş hosts a variety of festivals including the Lycian Culture and Art Festival, the Kalkan Maritime Day Festival and the Kaş Lycia Festival, all of which enhance the already festive atmosphere that Kaş has to offer.
Komurluk is one of Kalkan’s more premium locations, boasting stunning views of the harbour, a short ten minute walk from Kalkan’s Old Town and perfectly placed to enjoy the last of the evening sun. Komurluk offers travellers a fantastic beach club that provides an array of watersports and a beautiful restaurant.
The Kalamar bay offers beautiful beachfront views, watersports galore and is only a short walking distance from Kalkan’s Old Town. Whether you’re looking for a lively party bar or an Ibiza-esque chill lounge, Kalamar offers a variety of beach clubs to enjoy the wonderful sunshine and picture-perfect sunsets. Relax and unwind or dance the night away, right on the water’s edge.
For those that prefer a more peaceful holiday, secluded from the hustle and bustle and crowds, to be at one with nature and enjoy stunning countryside walks and breathtaking panoramic views of the entire harbour, Kizilitas is the location for you.
If you’re a lover of sunsets and would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, then Kisla is the perfect location for you. Bask in the dusky pinks and vibrant oranges of the evening sun as it slowly creeps behind the mountains. Take in the spectacular views of the sunlit harbour and the twinkling lights of the old town as they flicker across the mountains like fireflies in the night sky.
Kisla offers a fantastic edge-of-the-bay location, just a 25-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from the centre of Kalkan and is nearby to several neighbouring beach clubs. If you prefer travelling in style, then why not take a ride in a water taxi, offering just a short ten-minute journey from the harbour?
Ortaalan is the largest area in Kalkan and is often referred to as the ‘new Kalkan’, a central hub for day-to-day amenities and necessities such as various supermarkets, banks and council offices.
In recent years there has been a large amount of development here, with many villas and apartment complexes being built, with stunning views over the sea and swimming pools to cool down in during the heat of the midday sun. Ortaalan is only a five to ten-minute walk away from the Old Town of Kalkan and the beach! Many of Kalkan’s finest hotels are located here and offer non-residents luxury dining experiences and bars.
There are two airports that you can travel to Kalkan easily from, the closest being Dalaman airport which is approximately a one and a half hour drive away. Antalya Airport is also within close proximity to Kalkan, with around a three hour drive away.
Kalkan is an old fishing village between Kas (17 miles west) and Fethiye. Although Kalkan is situated within the province of Antalya, economically and for transportation, it is more closely connected with Fethiye.
Kas is half an hour drive away from Kalkan and roughly 24km away.
Patara beach is part of a national park and stretches for over 11 miles. Patara beach is around a 20-minute drive away from Kalkan.
May, June, September and October are pleasant months to visit Turkey outside of the peak season. With highs of early twenties and little rain, if you’re looking to avoid a crowd then these are the months for you!