Kalkan is set in one of Europe's most breath-taking, grand sweeping Mediterranean bays, with the truly majestic backdrop of the Taurus Mountains which seem to wrap themselves around the beautiful harbour town. A pretty harbour, full of Turkish wooden gulets and small fishing craft, bordered with waterfront bars and restaurants and the small beach. The beautiful and historic old town area extends back from the harbour.
If you haven't been to Kalkan before you are in for a real treat. There is so much to see and do in the local area. It is no wonder that visitors return time and time again!
If you are a foodie you will be delighted with the many choices of restaurants, cafe's and bars....Kalkan is renowned for its food and you will not go far wrong with any choice from the 140 restaurants. These range from cheap eats, medium priced to fine dining on the roof top restaurants in the Old Town.
Another firm favourite with visitors is a visit to the Trout Farm Restaurant situated high up in the mountains above Kalkan. Beautiful views over the mountains down to Kalkan and a much cooler climate make it a refreshing treat not to mention the excellent fish!
There is a small beach down by the marina. The larger beach of Patara (13kms of white sands) is located just a 10 minute bus ride away. Boat trips (day/sunset) are offered from the Marina (these are highly recommended). There is also a water sports centre offering a wide range of activities here.
Kalkan boasts many beach clubs along the coast line. These are very popular with visitors. Most are free to enter so long as you have a bite to eat or a drink, a few make a small charge for their sunbeds. All have easy access straight into the turquoise sea!
We have a local market in town on a Thursday which should not be missed. A larger market can be found in Fethiye on a Tuesday and again you can take a bus through to this town. It is worth visiting the Old Town in Fethiye too!
There is plenty of shopping in Kalkan. All shops open early in the day and stay open until at least midnight. And unlike other resort towns, shopping in Kalkan is completely hassle-free. An evening spent strolling about the winding streets and alleys while window shopping can be very rewarding as there are so many things to see and buy in the many specialty shops.
Further afield and accessible by bus is Kaputas Beach and the town of Kas. Tour companies run trips to places of interest of which there are too many to mention but some of our favourites are Saklikent Gorge, Day trip to Meis (Greek Island) and Kekova (sunken city) to name but a few.