Kalkan

Kalkan is a beautiful and popular resort on Turkey’s sparkling Turquoise Coast. Favoured by both couples and groups, its superb location is great for sightseeing. Kalkan is an upbeat resort with a real unique charm that comes alive after dark. The cobbled streets and picturesque harbour add a touch of tradition to this modern, sophisticated seaside town.

Overview

Excellent beachesThe Blue Flag beaches that line the coast of Kalkan are beautiful. A long stretch of soft, white sand shelves gently into calm, glistening waters. The tranquil waves make the beach ideal for relaxing afternoons, reclining on sun loungers under parasols. If you’re after a more upbeat activity, there are lots of water sports available, from water skiing and paragliding to banana boats and canoeing.
Cafés and restaurants line the coast where you can eat fresh seafood and sip on delicious cocktails. A pleasant, pebbly beach lies next to the beautiful harbour, where the sun-soaked sea is a perfect romantic spot to sit and watch the boats dance on the horizon at nightfall.History and culture

Kalkan was once a working fishing town and a safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye. Its traditional character can still be seen through the cobbled streets of whitewashed houses that sit along the shore. Kalkan is close to significant, historic landmarks including Kayakoy; an evacuated ghost town and the Lycian city ruins of Tlos. Tourism has only become apparent in the last 40 or so years so the town still thrives on the traditional Turkish laid-back way of life.Lively nightlifeAside from its romantic setting and rich history, Kalkan has a vibrant nightlife to keep you entertained. Whether you want a quiet drink in a scenic setting or a dance floor in a buzzing nightclub, this modern town has it all.Things to do

1. Boat trips near Kalkan

Set sail along Turkey’s exquisite Turquoise Coast from the beautiful surroundings of Kalkan. Boat tours can be easily arranged through agencies

2. Water sports

Kalkan has several beautiful beaches, some of which are sandy whilst others are more pebbly. The shallow shores are famous for its crystal clear waters and gentle waves

3. Explore the ancient Lycian ruins of Tlos

Tlos was one of the oldest and most powerful Lycian cities under reign of the Roman Empire. The huge site is widely spread over fertile fields,

4. Take a day trip to Saklikent Gorge

Take a trip to the breathtaking Saklikent Gorge, best known as the Hidden City. The gorge is the second largest in Europe and the grandest in all

Kalkan – Weather

Kalkan is a fantastic resort located along Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast, which is blessed with a traditional long, hot summer spanning from May until October. The temperatures in summer rarely drop below 20°C and in peak season you can expect sizzling highs of 30°C. Rain is virtually unheard of during the peak season, which means you’re guaranteed great sunbathing weather. With the low humidity and up to 14 hours of sunshine, the sea breeze is welcomed and makes the climate slightly more comfortable in between the heat.

Getting around

By dolmus: The local mini buses in Turkey are called dolmuses, and are a very handy and cheap way of getting around resorts. Dolmuses leave from Kalkan’s main square and head to the coast and local places of interest.

By bus: Buses are generally used for longer journeys, and are a good option for day trips and excursions if you don’t want to drive. There is a bus ticket office in the main square.

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