There is something magical about Kalkan which makes this a very special place to visit and the perfect place to experience a little bit of what makes Turkey so unique.
Nestled at the base of a mountain the pretty town descends to the sea in a maze of cobbled streets and whitewashed houses many draped in vibrant bougainvillea.
This once sleepy fishing village now has an air of sophistication about it with an abundance of chic boutiques, interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. These all come to life as the sun goes down and the town buzzes with activity as visitors and locals alike enjoy the magical Kalkan nightlife and the traditional warm Turkish hospitality.
Relaxation is easily found in Kalkan. You can stretch out in the sun by the water’s edge at the many beach clubs or enjoy the atmosphere of the town beach where the local children play and the water is clear and turquoise. For the energetic there are many water sport activities available and a sea rich in history and life for scuba divers to explore.
If you want to soak up Turkey’s colourful history, Kalkan is perfectly located in the heart of the Lycian region with numerous ancient historical sites within easy access. Only a short distance away are the historical sites of Patara, Letoon and Xanthos where visitors are free to wander the streets of the ancient past or take their seat in the amphitheatres as others did 2000 years before them.
Don’t miss the experience of climbing the gorge and wading through the fresh water pools at Saklikent with it’s colossal cathedral walls or canoeing down the Xanthos river until you reach the sea at Patara Beach which, at 18km long, is breathtaking.
There is something for everyone in Kalkan and as much or as little to do depending on how the mood takes you.
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