A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan has not been touched by mass tourism. More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travelers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday.
According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne. The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.”
Because of its great charm, Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who say the town is the only holiday destination they would choose to visit repeatedly. There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan along Turkey’s coast.
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 situated alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants in historic buildings. Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere.
Not only is Kalkan beautiful, but unlike other Turkish coastal resort towns Kalkan’s main economy is tourism and therefore its citizens put much pride and effort into the town’s historic preservation. Because of this, Kalkan has retained the texture of its history by protecting its distinctive Ottoman Greek architecture (it was once an Ottoman Greek and Turkish fishing village). Very strict building codes keep the town small and architecturally blended with the historic heart of the town known as “Old Kalkan”.
Besides the famous “Kalkan Style” historic architecture, the many excellent restaurants of Kalkan contribute to the special atmosphere within Kalkan. Good dining has always been the way of life in Kalkan and continues today. In fact, 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!).
Additionally, Kalkan is especially renowned in Turkey for its numerous roof terrace restaurants and bars which offer a wonderful view of the town, sea and stars. It’s also 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.
There is lots to do during the day and nightlife is fun, but laid-back. You won’t find noisy, wild nightlife here, like in some other coastal resorts.
Kalkan has many fine qualities, but without a doubt, it is the people of Kalkan who make the town extra special. The people of Kalkan warmly welcome you, and you may at first be surprised by the universal friendliness within the town. This, along with warm Turkish hospitality is the basis of life here and the people of Kalkan sincerely enjoy getting to know their guests. So don’t hesitate to accept one of the many tulip-shaped glasses of çay (tea) you will be offered while you amble along Kalkan’s winding streets. You won’t be hassled while you are a guest of Kalkan – the town is hassle-free and is proud to be so. You will find a mixed population here, consisting of locals, some Istanbul Turks and Turks from other cities who have made Kalkan their home and own small businesses, as well as a small number of well-educated foreigners who have settled in the town.
Kaş, once an unspoiled fishing village, is now a relatively unspoiled tourist town on the southern bulge of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast two hours’ drive southeast of Fethiye and three hours’ drive southwest of Antalya (map).
Despite dozens of new hotels and pensions, Kaş (KAHSH) still has charm, part of which comes from its setting at the foot of a wall of mountains facing the sparkling Mediterranean.
Another part of its charm comes from Kaş’s unhurried ambience. Because it is hours away from the Mediterranean’s two major airports (Antalya and Dalaman), it gets fewer visitors than towns that are more quickly accessible.
Ruins of the ancient town of Antiphellos mix with modern buildings in Kaş. Across the water to the south lies the Greek island of Megisti (Kastellorizo; Meis Adası in Turkish). You can go there easily for a day trip. More…
Kaş’s beaches are small, pebbly and apt to be crowded, so visitors in search of a broad, long sand beach drive west to Patara.
Otherwise, visitors to Kaş spend time in waterfront coffee-houses and restaurants, take boat trips to nearby Üçağız and Kaleköy or the Blue Cave, visit the neighboring village of Kalkan, or walk up the mountain to the cliff tombs.
Kaş is also a good base for exploring the plentiful ancient Lycian cities and archeological sites such as Demre (Kale), Patara, Xanthos (Kınık), Letoön, Saklıkent and Tlos.
Fethiye is located in the picturesque bay at the foot of the mountains, sheltered by green pine and cedar forests – an unusually beautiful resort with a developed tourist infrastructure located in 60 km from Dalaman airport. Immersed in the green peninsula known for exceptional environmental friendliness, this resort is for those who are seeking privacy and tranquility, love beautiful nature, clean air and beautiful views.
Among tourists, the resort has become a popular place in the Mediterranean and known as the Turquoise Coast. Fethiye, with its majestic mountains, the numerous sandy beaches, islands and numerous hidden from human eyes bays and colorful bustling bazaars is attracting tourists from all over the world.
The abundance of bays and islands on the rugged coast line creates an excellent basis for the development of yacht tourism. The old city itself has no beaches, the closest beach Calis, is located in several kilometers. The water temperature in the sea near Fethiye throughout the year does not fall below 19 ° C. Fethiye region is famous for the magnificent sea and underwater tuff caves, which are particularly interesting for divers. In 16 km from Fethiye near the town of Oludeniz there is a unique nature reserve Blue Lagoon, the so-called Dead Sea – the most visited and most beautiful beach in Turkey.
To add to the Fethiye info it should mentioned that the main attractions, which reminisce on the rich historical past of the region and attract tourists – the Roman amphitheater located near the harbor of Fethiye, the ruins of the fortress of the Rhodes knights, Lycian tombs (3-4 centuries BC) in cliff which imitate the facade of the ancient buildings.
In Fethiye tourists will find a lot of entertainment. Here you can go paragliding, extreme white water rafting, take a jeep safari on the mountain roads, boat trips or diving with all the beauty of the underwater world. Fethiye streets are full of the different shops, bars and restaurants that offer a pleasant shopping experience and taste delicious dishes of national and European cuisine.
Spending your vacation in this wonderful place of secluded relaxation, you will be able to feel the unique national character of diverse Turkey.