Smaller and quieter than neighbouring Kas, Kalkan is a small resort and fishing village, set on the hillside at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. The architecture here is unique – narrow streets are lined with whitewashed villas, their carved timber balconies interwoven with colourful bougainvillea. A small pebble beach provides access to the azure waters, and boat trips are an ideal way to check out the nearby sandy bays of Patara and Kapatus. The locals are warm and hospitable, and prepare delicious, locally caught fish which can be sampled some at one of their many roof-terraced restaurants whilst enjoying the magnificent sea views.
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The Turkish cuisine offers a great range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, with a variety of spices and ingredients that make it very popular and appeals to all tastes. The Turkish kebab is a favourite, simply grilled meat on skewers with a pitta bread as a simple accompaniment, or the Turkish equivalent of the pizza is the “pide”. Like the usual pizza base, you will find not just the predictable tomato and cheese, but also fragrant lamb, spinach, chargrilled courgettes, prawns and walnuts as a range of toppings. Borek are tiny filo pies filled with ham or cheese, all washed with “raki” the traditional firewater, or the fresh Turkish wines.
Known for its roof terrace restaurants with stunning town and sea views, Kalkan is said to have the largest number of restaurants and bars per square meter along the whole of the Turkish Coastline. In the evening the resort centre has something for everyone, from the winding streets of local speciality shops and restaurants to live music bars and disco bars. You’ll find shopping hassle-free with shops open till midnight and over forty restaurants offering traditional and international cuisine. Or if you’re in need of a quieter evening take a peaceful stroll along the historic harbour front.
Take the Kekova Island Boat Tour from Kas, this will include stopping at a small seaside village near to Kekova Island, with old stone houses, simple cafes and a cluster of ancient Lycian and Roman tombs. Along the way you will pass open cisterns and shepherds tending their flocks among the rocky outcrops. Continue to cruise around the Kekova Island area to picturesque Simena, a charming town that has not changed much for many years.
Patara beach isone of the longest beach inn the Mediterranean and is truly stunning and makes an enjoyable visit as well as the nearby ancient site of Patara, with its gorgeous landscape and great swimming. Part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle. the beach has been declared off-limits for development because of the turtles, they are nearing extinction and protection of their nesting sites on the Turkish coast is very important. The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs as it is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey.
Saklikent Gorge is approximately 50 minutes’ drive from both Fethiye and Kalkan and is the second longest canyon in Europe. It is 18km long and 300 meters high, with a 20 meter high footbridge, leading you into the canyon, where masses of ice-cold spring water gushes down the rocks forming a raging river which you are able to cross with the help of a rope leading you into the Gorge where you can walk around and explore.
Visit the charming fishing village of Kalekoy , its buildings mingling with ancient and medieval structures. The top of the village is dominated by a well-preserved castle built by the Knights of Rhodes partially upon ancient Lycian foundations. Inside the castle is the smallest amphitheatre of Lycia. At the eastern end of the village is a Lycian necropolis with a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees. Near the harbour of Kalekoy is another sarcophagus, popping up from the water.
The heart of Kalkan is its Old Town, wander around a maze of small cobbled streets winding down to the harbour. The streets are lined with many old Greek and Turkish buildings covered with bougainvillea, occupied by small boutique shops, restaurants and a few bar and cafes. Today the town is expanding out from this traditional centre, but the character of the Old Town and harbour remains unchanged. Kalkan is most famous for its high quality but reasonably priced restaurants. With over 100 to choose from, there is something for everyone. Most popular are the roof terrace restaurants of the Old Town where you can sit and watch the sun set overlooking the sea but there is a range of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes.
Kas is everything that a typical Mediterranean seaside resort in Turkey should be. White washed houses cascade down the winding mountain roads to show the way to beautiful beaches and a harbour. Many of the houses in Kas are surrounded with pink bougainvillea flowers that immediately make you notice the influence of Greek architecture in some of the older properties, typically the wooden shutters, narrow streets and large terraces for enjoying the mid-day sun. Walk along the harbour while the fishing boats dock in and unload their catch and the restaurants surrounding the harbour take advantage of this.
Visit the Hellenistic Theatre near Kas and the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The Kas antique theatre is a Hellenistic structure made up of natural rocks and built during the 1st century BC, it has 26 tiers that can accommodate 4,000 spectators.
Churches / Cathedrals
Jeep Safari, Mountain Walk
Fishing, Horse riding
Banana boats, Jet ski, Speed boat, Parasailing, Donuts, Water-skiing, Scuba diving