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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.

Central mosque of Kalkan—a former Greek church

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Dalaman airport is the closest at about 2 hours 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 Fethiye before arriving in a dramatic sweep into Kalkan by a new road.

By bus[edit]

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[edit]

From Fethiye[edit]

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 Kaş[edit]

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[edit]

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

Fethiye/Mugla direction[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit][add listing]

  • 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 & Letoon ruins in Kınık
  • ruins
  • Saklikent gorge
  • Meis/Kastellorizo - Greece's easternmost island. Take the boat from Kaş
  • Kekova
  • Bezirgan village
  • Green lake at Gombe
  • Visit the stunning beach at Kaputaş - 10 minutes away on the dolmus

Do[edit][add listing]

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.
  • Trips to Saklıkent Gorge or horseback riding along Patara beach can be arranged in Kalkan.
  • Walk the Lycian Way.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shops and restaurants in downtown Kalkan

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[edit][add listing]

The thing you will remember most about Kalkan is the restaurants. There are over 200 in this small fishing village and this small town allegedly has more restaurants per sq mile than anywhere else in Turkey. 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, a village up on the hills north of Kalkan. Much cooler than Kalkan in the summer.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Efes - local beer
  • Ayran - local salty drink made of yoghurt

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Pansiyon (guesthouse) accommodation in the village.
  • Lots of villas to rent but many outside the village or a long walk from the restaurants and harbour
  • Some Villas are also within 10-15 minutes walk to the centre and beach.
  • Kalkan is renowned for its hillside villas with infinity pools and stunning sea views.
  • There are roughly 60 hotels and pensions in Kalkan.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Kalkan
MarmarisKınık  W noframe E  KaşAntalya

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