Kalkan is a beautiful quaint town, whitewashed houses decked with red, orange, and white bougainvilleas, narrow cobbled winding streets that lead you down to the renowned marina where you can watch the fishermen return with the days catch from one of the many waterfront cafes.
Kalkan has a good number of high quality restaurants, mostly roof -top. The views over the bay at night is breathtaking. You will also find friendly and vibrant bars which play a wide range of music for all taste. In terms of nightlife Kalkan is much more laid back than the party hot-spot of Fethiye. From Kalkan you will be able to book different tours that could fill your whole holiday if you wanted, the archaeological sites in and around the area are numerous. The unspoilt interior gives you a chance to truly escape your fellow travellers if you wish. I once visited in April, swam in the morning, drove up into the mountains in the afternoon where the children had a snow ball fight, it was 25 degrees!
You will find various excursions operating from Kalkan, visiting many historical sites, towns and mountain villages, you can hire a boat for the day and visit different coves (try the mud pack in one of the coves, works wonders for the skin I am told) lunch is prepared on deck, along with afternoon tea!
Visit the sunken city at Kekova where you can still see the remains of a Roman harbour, or explore the spectacular Sakilkent Gorge the longest and deepest in Turkey.
Fethiye offers the largest market in the area and has an excellent gold center.
A Jeep safari is a brilliant day out, visit Meis a Greek Island off Kas ( the next town along the coast ).
Canoeing, horse riding, fishing all available.............or just relax by the pool!
What to purchase in Kalkan?
Kalkan offers a good range of shops, ranging from boutiques, hand made cotton clothing via the local tailors, supermarkets, hand made ceramics, tour agencies, carpet and kilim shops and a local fresh fish and vegetable market.
On a Thursday it is market day in Kalkan where you can buy cheese, fresh eggs, all locally produced foods, fruit, clothing, spices, Turkish tea, Turkish delight, even a goats bell. It's well worth visiting, it starts at dawn and finishes at dusk!
Try Memik's Antique Shop as it is a delight to visit, lanterns, silver plates, coffee pots and jewellery adorn his Aladdin's Cave.
Cotton shirts, Pasminas, linen and throws. Silver and gold you can even choose your own stones from Just Silver and they will make your jewellery to your design.
Colourful Turkish Kilims, cushions, and wall tapestries are always a favourite.
Kalkan has an air of tranquility that other's have lost, narrow paved streets lined with vine covered cafes and small shops that lead you down to the harbour where you can sit in the shade and watch the boats leaving the harbour. At night Kalkan offers excellent cuisine from the many roof top restaurants. For the young at heart visit a choice of bars and dance the night away under the stars. If you don't want to leave the romance of Patara Prince resort you have a choice of restaurants that also offer very high standards of food, excellent service and reasonable prices.
Kalkan with it's combination of cobbled streets, mountain backdrop, glittering sea, range of restaurants and boutique shops makes this an ideal holiday for those who seek a place in Turkey which has kept its charm.
Wander through the maze of small cobbled streets where you will find locally made crafts, stop off for a glass of Turkish tea and chat to the locals who make you feel so welcome. You will find plenty to tempt you away from the beach if you desire.
The Turquoise coast has many historical sites on your doorstep, Amphitheatres, tombs and sunken cities. This is a region of spectacular scenery and history.
There will be plenty for you to do should you need a more energetic holiday, excursions are offered daily from Kalkan should you not wish to hire a car or make use of the local transport such as:
Kekova (sunken city) plus canoeing
Saklikent Gorge (The largest gorge in Turkey)
Patara beach (18kms of sandy beach in a protected are)