Kalkan has grown a lot from the small harbour side village known as Kalamaki left by the Greeks during the population exchange. In the last two decades it has been the choice of the more discerning of British holidaymakers, many of whom have bought villas here. Together with some of Turkey’s elite they enjoy over 70 restaurants, mostly of excellent quality. As you walk through the intricate maze of cobbled streets you will see the old Greek style buildings with ornately carved balconies, many now converted to rooftop restaurants.
By day you can take a boat trip from the harbour, laze by a pool or use one of the many beach clubs that jut out from the rocky coastline. By night you can wander through the pretty streets, eat by the harbour or at a rooftop restaurant, take time to barter for that unusual piece of jewellery after dinner or sip tea at one of the carpet bazaars.
Kalkan Beach: A pebble beach with a steep access to the sea. Umbrellas and sunbeds are available for hire, toilets, showers and changing cubicles. A good beach for younger families. There is a children’s park and some cafes just by the beach.
Patara Beach: Situated a 20 minute drive west of Kalkan, this is a stunning 12km sandy beach. Sunbeds and umbrellas can be hired and the small café is run by the locals and provides good priced Turkish food. There are also toilets, showers and changing cubicles.
Kaputaş: The much photographed Kaputas Beach is 10 minutes’ drive or you can use the local dolmus service. There are almost 200 steps down to the beach, but its turquoise waters are quite amazing. During high season there is umbrella hire available. Due to the lack of shade the best times are early or late in the day. It is also wise to take drinks and snacks with you.
Beach Clubs: Dotted around Kalkan are many beach clubs essentially sun bathing platforms cut into the rocks. They mostly provide the same service, with lunch and drinks being available and a shuttle service from wherever you are staying.
For watersports enthusiasts, Kalkan offers a wide array of activities, including water-skiing, ringos, jet-skis and bananas. There are three scuba diving schools, two operating out of Kalkan Harbour and one from the Kalamar Bay Beach Club.
Facilities in Kalkan
Banks: There are more than adequate exchange facilities in Kalkan. There are now six banks in Kalkan and it is possible to change money using all major credit cards. The banks also each have a cash machine which accepts cards with Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus symbols (including current account debit cards) normally with commission charged by your bank. The instructions are written in English. Please bear in mind that not all cards will work in the machines and that they can be very temperamental —do not rely on them! It is usually not possible to change Travellers Cheques without a Turkish Tax number or a high commission.
Post Office (PTT): The post office (at the top of the main street) is open from 08:30-20:00 daily but closed on Sundays. Facilities include changing currency, selling telephone cards and metered telephone as well as the traditional functions of a post office. You can also use their metered telephone and be charged the same rate as a telephone box. There is also an ATM machine outside.
Internet Facilities: There are several Internet cafés in Kalkan, costing approximately £1 an hour.
Health Centre: The local Health Centre, or Saglik Ogagi, is located on the road that runs between Kalkan and Kalamar Bay. It is open 09.00-17,00, closing for lunch from 12.00-13.30. The phone number for the local doctor is listed in the back of this file. There is also an ambulance service for emergencies, dial 112, they can locate you from your call.
Pharmacy: For minor ailments, there are also three pharmacies (Eczane) in Kalkan that are open until late evening. Opening times are from 09:00 — 19:30, extending to 08:30 — 21:00 in high season.
Places to visit close to Kalkan include Islamlar village for dinner at one of the fish farms, Patara for the beach, but also the stunning Lycian ruins, Xanthos, Tlos and Saklikent. The town of Gombe and Yesilgol (Green Lake).
In the forest just outside of Gombe are several barbecue restaurants by the river. On this drive you will see the most stunning scenery and glimpses of Turkish village life.