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Kalkan is a town in Mediterranean Turkey. It is an enchanting, historic town and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey's gorgeous Lycian Coast. There is an absence of mass tourism, and it remains a charming and unspoiled haven with brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.

Get in

  • By air

Dalaman airport is the closest at about 1hr 30mins by taxi from Kalkan.


In season charter flights operate to Dalaman from most UK airports. Scheduled flights operate all year round flying direct to Dalaman or with a change of plane in Istanbul. Try Thomas Cook for the cheapest direct flights

Taxi transfers from Dalaman, some flight providers offer a transfer to Fethiye where there;s a bus service to Kalkan

It is a fairly easy 90 minute drive from Dalaman to Kalkan, passing though a toll tunnel near Dalaman and then a straighforward drive, bypassing Fetiye before arriving in a dramatic sweep into Kalkan by a new road.

  • By bus

Daily bus service from Istanbul Otogar leaving at 9pm arriving in Kalkan the next day at 11am.

Other buses from Izmir, Afyon, Fethiye, Antalya

Buses used to arrive and leave from the centre of the village but now leave from the new bus station at the top of the hill above the Thursday market by the Petrol Ofisi petrol station. It's a long walk from most places in Kalkan.

  • By bicycle

From Fethiye

Lots of traffic to start, thins out after a while. Turn right at the Zorlar roundabout, wide, long inclines but nice coming down on the other side. After Yesilkoy very steep, tight corners and narrow, watch out for traffic in both directions, until junction with Islamlar road, then downhill, steep, very narrow, watch out for traffic in both directions. Watch out for the junction with the Bezirgan road. Will improve when the new road is finished. Some water sources (signposted) and service stations.

From Kas.

Fantastic views of the sea. Best Mediterranean ride in Turkey until you get to Silifke. Narrow in places. Tight corners. Watch out for overtaking traffic. Narrow bridge at Kaputas.

From Korkuteli.

Difficult conditions before April and after September. Several passes (cols) to go through.

Fethiye/Mugla direction Follow signposts to Saklikent. Then back road from Saklikent to Uzumlu. Carry on straight after Saklikent gorge. Now fully tarred. Not much traffic. Level until Uzumlu. No water or service stations. At Uzumlu take Islamlar-Akbel road direction right Akbel, sudden ups and downs, mainly up, at earthquake houses (deprem evleri), big junction, turn left onto Kalkan road.

From Elmali to junction with Kas - Antalya road

Nice road, not much traffic. Long inclines, cold in autumn, spring. Expect snow or rain before April and after September. Fantastic mountain views.

From Elmali via Sutlegen and Bezirgan.

Not much traffic. Fantastic views. Expect snow or rain before April and after September. Road inaccessible to cars sometimes. Long inclines but great downhill ride into Kalkan after the top of Kaputas gorge.

Get around

In the village on foot or by taxi. Alternatively rent a moped - probably the most common form of transport. Not necessarily safe but definitely fun! In the centre of Kalkan you can find vendors on the street who rent mopeds for around £30 a day give or take. Petrol is cheap.

See

  • Make sure to take a trip on a local dolmus to world reknowned Patara Beach.
  • A trip to Demre is also recommended to see the ruins.
  • Enjoy a one hour bus trip to Fethiye on market day.
  • Tlos ruins
  • Xanthos ruins
  • Letoon ruins
  • Saklikent gorge
  • Meis/Kastellorizo - Greece's easternmost island. Take the boat from Kas
  • Kekova
  • Bezirgan village
  • Green lake at Gombe

Do

Kalkan is reknowned for its scuba diving and water sports.

Kalkan is a place that appeals to the older visitor. There are no large discos so I don't think it is really a place for teenagers. However, if they got together with others they might enjoy themselves and the numerous music bars. During the summer period (july onwards) there is a larger number of young people around. A few bars suit this age group and get busy in the early hours

  • Take a boat trip. Some boats will take you to Patara or Kaputas. Some will just hug the bay. Lunch provided. Quality varies.
  • Walk the Likya Way

Buy

Lots of small shops in the village. Best buy would be a Turkish rug. There are many shops selling fake goods, especially T shirts.

Eat

The thing you will remember most about Kalkan is the restaurants. There are over 200 in this small fishing village. They vary from the very simple providing wholesome Turkish food to the sophisicated located in beautifully restored village homes. Many of them have roof terraces and it is wonderful to eat under the stars and gaze at the lights of the town.


Have lunch at a trout farm in Islamlar. Much cooler than Kalkan in the summer.

  • Ali Baba. There are 2 places with this name either side of the roundabout. Basically one is more expensive than the other. The cheaper, which sees more local people and fewer tourists, is towards the coast from the roundabout. The more expensive has very good food though.
  • Istanbul restaurant on Suleiman Yilmaz Cad.
  • Bezirgans Kitchen

Drink

  • Efes
  • Ayran

Sleep

  • Pansyon accommodation in the village.
  • Lots of villas to rent but many outside the village or a long walk from the restaurants and harbour

Get out

  • Bus to Istanbul, Izmir, Afyon
  • Bus to Antalya for Ankara, Black Sea coast, Hatay
  • Bus to Fethiye for Gaziantep, Sirnak, eastern Turkey, THY service bus to Dalaman
  • Taxi transfer to Dalaman or Antalya airports
  • On foot via the Likya Way
  • Bicycle see getting in
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