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"Unspoiled Haven of Nature"

Kalkan Tourism

Nestled on the Lycian coast, the Mediterranean town of Kalkan is one of the most beautiful locations in Turkey. Known for its historical architecture, crystal clear blue waters and lush green surroundings, Kalkan is an unspoiled haven of nature. This beach town is located one and a half hour's drive from the city of Dalaman.

Backed by the Taurus mountains, this Greek Fishing village is a humble vacation spot for lovers of history and architecture. Serious history enthusiasts should visit the stunning hanging tombs at Demre or the abandoned cities of Xanthos and Letoon, both of which have been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

The best experiences in Kalkan include diving, kayaking and canoeing in the ocean. Additionally, two of Turkey's top beaches are just a short drive away for visitors looking to unwind. The gorgeous bay of Kaputas is tucked away in a narrow ravine, while Patara, the nation's longest beach, borders the ruins of a Lycian harbour. Kalkan is an excellent alternative to other Turkish towns. It is an offbeat location and does not boast much footfall, making it perfect for a laid-back vacation!

Must Know Before You Travel to Kalkan

  • You can explore Kalkan on foot or by taxi. Bikes can also be rented from vendors along the streets. Yellow taxis are easily available in the Old Town.
  • Located at the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, Kalkan has some steep inclines making it a little difficult to walk around

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Food in Kalkan

The picturesque rooftop restaurants in Kalkan Old Town are extremely popular; they are traditional and inexpensive as well. For a lavish Ottoman meal, head to Belgin's Kitchen or the traditional Gironda Restaurant, housed in a Greek merchant's home with a great ocean view. Then, for a feast, you can visit the romantic Villa Mahal. Do not forget to indulge in authentic beverages, like Efes, a local beer and Ayran, a salty yoghurt-based drink!

Nightlife in Kalkan

Kalkan is studded with bars and nightclubs, probably more than any other city on the Turkish coast. Renowned for its rooftop restaurants and hotels, you can find numerous bars offering DJ nights, Turkish Nights, live music, jazz and numerous other entertainment choices all around the city. About once a week these nightclubs and restaurants host a Turkish Night, which is a lavish feast celebrating the culture of Turkey.

Shopping in Kalkan

From the traditional glass evil eye hangings, Turkish delights, carpets and T-shirts to priceless antiques and ceramics with intricate designs; Kalkan has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping. Souks and marketplaces in Kalkan are open from early morning to post midnight, making the experience hassle free.

Suggested Itinerary for Kalkan

Start your Kalkan trip by spending some time at Kaputas Beach, one of the most photogenic beaches in the region. You can try some water sports here. Then, take a turquoise coast boat trip and spend a few hours in the waters. Next, get a traditional Turkish massage and unwind. Lastly, visit the Kalkan Beach Club for a fantastic night out experience.

Day trips from Kalkan – Meis islands, Saklikent National Park.

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