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Kalkan is a beautiful and fascinating Mediterranean town, located in the heart of the Teke Peninsula or Ancient Lycia. If you enjoy a charming seaside town of traditional homes with wooden balconies spilling with begonvillas and over looking a spectacular bay, then Kalkan is your place.

Once an Ottoman Greek fishing village named Kalamaki, Kalkan has a small pebble beach, ideal for a post-shopping, pre-lunch dip! Dazzling crystal clear water where you can try to catch fish in your hands, idyllic.

Kalkan's small yacht harbour stays busy with yacht charter boats, gulets (traditional wooden turkish boats) & day-trippers to the Blue Cave and to secluded, hidden Kaputas beach (also easily accessible by car along the coast road), you will recognise it with its sparkling turquoise waters. Kalkan’s harbour is also a starting point for those interested in Scuba Diving, from the most experienced to the absolute beginner...

In Kalkan's delightful confusion of cobbled streets, there is a very good selection of small shops, seafront restaurants and bars, some of which are situated on the roofs of the buildings commanding fabulous views over the bay and the small elegant harbour. It is the kind of lazy and easy resort town where time can pass doing virtually nothing except relaxing and enjoying your days. For those who want to explore the surrounding area, it is a great base as Kalkan's in the centre of ancient Lycia węth spectacular historic sites like Tlos, Xanthos, Kekova & Simena, Pinara, Patara, Arycanda and many others nearby.

Turkey's most beautiful beaches Kaputas and Patara, are near Kalkan. Patara is a stretch of 17 km of superb sand approximately 20 minutes away from Kalkan. Kaputas beach is a stunning and cosy sandy beach about 5 min drive away. Kalkan also has its own pretty pebble beach by the harbour.

Early spring is a beautiful time to visit Kalkan for a relaxing peaceful holiday ' far from the madding crowd ' mid March and April being the best months to explore the Lycian Coast to see the abundance of historical and archaeological sites, catch up on your reading or simply relax and watch the world go by...

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    Distances & Travel times:

  • Antalya: 214 km (133 miles) NE, 2.5 hours
  • Demre (Myra, Kale): 74 km (46 miles) E, 1.5 hours
  • Fethiye: 139 km (68 miles) NW, 1 hour
  • Kas: 29 km (18 miles) W, 30 minutes
  • Marmaris: 246 km (153 miles) W, 3 hours
  • Patara: 19 km (12 miles) W, 20 minutes
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