A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey,
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. The harbour does get busy so we would suggest an early arrival would be best.
Kalkan curls snuggly around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains. The town overlooks a beautiful bay in which islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea.
Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows. Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere.
Besides the famous “Kalkan Style” historic architecture, the many excellent restaurants of Kalkan contribute to the special atmosphere within Kalkan. Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants and bars per inhabitant or square meter on the Turkish coast (over 100 of them!). Kalkan is renowned in Turkey for its numerous roof terrace restaurants and bars which offer a wonderful view of the town and sea It’s nice to sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants and watch the pleasure boats and fishermen leave early in the morning as you eat your breakfast, or see the fishing boats return with the day’s catch in the evening.
Ask us for recommendations before you set sail as some restaurants are so popular you will have to pre-book.
If you have time take a short taxi ride to visit to the ancient ruins of Xanthos, Patara and Letoon and the 7 mile long beach at Patara.
Allow 2-3 days to explore the Kekova Roads islands. Kekova is the name of a region of fascinating islands, bays and ancient cities. Kekova has a rarely seen attraction, a long the shore of the Island a sunken city is observed. The geological movements of the Island caused the city on the Island to be submerged. A strange scene with half of the city under water and half above. With spectacular scenery and many bays to stop at. You can choose your own anchorage with no-one else around to a choice of wooden jetties with restaurants in Ucagiz and Kale Kyou.
There are boat trips to view the submerged Lycian city. You may like to visit is the castle at Kale, a stunning village set on the hillside, with tiny stoned streets and terraces covered in hand-made carpets.
From Ucagiz and Kale Koyu you can take a trip to Demre & visit the St Nicholas Church. The ruins of Myra include a stunning collection of tombs cut into the cliffs above the town and the amphitheatre. If ruins are not for you just enjoy the peace and tranquility of these bays with swimming and caves to explore.