The essence of the beautiful south-west Mediterranean coast of Turkey is captured in Kalkan (Old Kalamaki) as a great holiday destination.
The sea, the mountains, and the peace and quiet are the simple recipe which has ensured the success of Kalkan over the last 20 years. This is why Kalkan has the highest repeat tourists.
The town is blessed with a good selection of mainly small, independent shops and a number of restaurants which will give you a flavour of tradition right across their menus. The more unspoilt Old Town is your best hunting ground for these, and such is the reputation for quality and value which many of them enjoy, that the town attracts many visitors from elsewhere in the region.
Pick one with its own roof terrace or one by the harbour, and you can savour your meal to the sight of the setting sun disappearing into the sea behind the mountains. With more than 100 restaurants to choose from, no two meals you enjoy on your Kalkan holiday need be the same.
Among the historic sites which a Kalkan puts you within easy reach of are Patara, Xanthos, Letoon (UNESCO World Heritage Centre) Tlos, Pinara, Simena, Chruch of St Nicholas and Myra. To read and learn more visit our website on ancient Lycia and its geography visit www.lycianturkey.com
Sitting in a bay at the foot of the Taurus mountains, you will be able to feast your eyes on spectacular views of both sea and mountains, as well as buildings of Greek and Turkish origin dating back to 19th century.
Kalkan Bay has a pebble beach which holds an EU blue flag for cleanliness. There are also several private beach clubs situated in different parts of the Kalkan Bay and they all provide free boat taxis all day. The calm waters in most parts of the bay are ideal for scubadiving, many other watersports, fishing, and boat tours.
Kalkan is a town on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, and an important tourist destination. The area includes many historical sites (such as Tlos and Kekova) and many fine beaches (including Patara Beach & Kaputaş Beach).
Kalkan is an old fishing town, and the only safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye; it is famous for its white-washed houses, descending to the sea, and its brightly coloured bougainvilleas. It averages 300 days of sunshine a year.
Until the early 1920s, the majority of its inhabitants were Greeks. They left in 1923 because of the Exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey after the Greco-Turkish War and emigrated mainly to Attica, where they founded the new town of Kalamaki. Abandoned Greek houses can still be seen at Kalkan.
Kalkan was an important harbour town until the 1970s as the only seaport for the environs. It declined after construction of Fethiye road but revived after the emergence of the tourism industry in the region.
Although part of the Antalya province administratively, Kalkan is connected more closely to Fethiye economically and for transportation.
British newspaper The Independent listed Kalkan among the best tourist destinations for 2007. The paper recommended Kalkan especially for those seeking a romantic vacation and who do not want to travel far from their home country in Europe.
According to a 2012 survey 96% of visitors to Kalkan during 2011 were from the United Kingdom. The breakdown was: UK England (82%), UK Scotland (9%), UK Wales (3%), UK NI (2%).
So, we invite you to get a taste of that beauty by staying in one of our modern kalkan villas or apartments. The rental holiday villas we have hand-picked, contemporary villas and apartments are fitted with chic, modern furnishings and boast panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and Kalkan’s mountains.