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Villa in Kalkan
Villa Lycia
sleep Sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms
Inhale the rejuvenating air while perched on the terrace of this magnificent villa and let sweeping views of the Kalamar and Kalkan bays enthrall you. Surrounded by sailing, scuba-diving and restaurants.
Amenity: Views, Private Swimming Pool, Seaside
RATES
GBP 115 – 160
Per Night
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Villa Nefis
sleep Sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms
Villa Nefis is a charming two-bedroomed villa overlooking Kalkan village and marina
Amenity: Views, Private Swimming Pool, Seaside
RATES
GBP 85 – 115
Per Night
Villa in Kalkan
Villa Safran
sleep Sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms
Spacious and well-lit, this exquisite villa sports a swimming pool, tennis court and transportation services. You can catch a bus to the picturesque Patara Beach, which is only a short ride away.
Amenity: Views, Private Swimming Pool, Wood Fireplace, Beach Front, Seaside
RATES
GBP 85 – 215
Per Night
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Villa Dolluca
sleep Sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms
Villa Dolluca is in a quiet, elevated position offering breathtaking views of picturesque Kalkan bay and of the surrounding Taurus Mountains
Amenity: Views, Private Swimming Pool, Wood Fireplace, Seaside
RATES
GBP 75 – 115
Per Night
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Villa Jamera
sleep Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
Unwind in a refreshing environment and let spectacular views of Palm Beach get imprinted on your memory. With a wide range of restaurants and malls nearby, you can never get bored.
Amenity: Views, Private Swimming Pool
RATES
GBP 75 – 195
Per Night
Apartment in Kalkan
Windchime
sleep Sleeps 6 in 2 bedrooms
This double bedroom villa is gracefully furnished and sports a swimming pool along with numerous other lavish features. Residents can behold the stunning Kaputas and Patara beaches.
Amenity: Views, Shared Swimming Pool, Seaside, Beach Front
RATES
EUR 35 – 70
Per Night

Kalkan Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Kalkan Mediterranean


Kalkan Geography

Hugging a historic harbor on Turkey’s iridescent Turquoise Coast, the small tourist town of Kalkan is an unforgettably beautiful destination for travel and sightseeing. Lying between the towns of Kas and Fethiye, Kalkan is a historical and recreational haven amidst the lush green land between the sea and the mountains.

Like other small fishing villages on Turkey’s western coastline, Kaklan’s main industry is tourism, and the life of the town is centered around it. Still, because it’s so small (the population has hovered around 3,000 for several years), you won’t find it to be crowded or hectic. Instead, it’s a perfect quaint and traditional getaway, a small resort and boating town with numerous attractions for out-of-town visitors. Tourists can enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of the rocky coastline, brilliant blue waters, and the wooded mountains. You’ll also want to see the traditional “Kalkan Style” architecture and the many historical ruins nearby.

Kalkan is known for the hospitable kindness of its residents, a microcosm of the hospitality that is characteristic of Turkish culture and is especially noticeable in small-scale village life. From the town’s location poised on the edge of the sea, you’ll have a view of an expanse of water stretching all the way to the horizon, with rocky islands seeming to float on the bay.

Kalkan also dazzles with its sunny Mediterranean climate. Its weather and water temperature are influenced by the nearby Taurus Mountains. Most of the town’s annual rainfall occurs during the winter months

Kalkan History and Culture

Like many of the towns along the Turquoise Coast, it is a Mediterranean paradise, and Kalkan in particular has its own unique charm. One of its main attractions is the fact that its historical sites and architecture are particularly well-preserved. Many of the buildings in Kalkan were influenced by the Ottoman Greek style. Most were built of stone and whitewashed, and the most common features include contrasting woodwork, red-tiled roofs, and balconies. Many houses have gardens, courtyards, and terraces with lovely views of the sea and mountains.

Kalkan also dazzles with its sunny Mediterranean climate. Its weather and water temperature are influenced by the nearby Taurus Mountains. Most of the town’s annual rainfall occurs during the winter months. The original name of Kalkan was Kalamaki, and before that, in ancient times, it was known as Phoenicus. It was during this ancient past, in 655 A.D., that the fierce Battle of the Masts took place in the bay between Roman and Rhodian ships.

Kalkan has always been a safe coastline harbor from rough and storm-tossed seas. In its long-ago past, it even provided a haven for pirates waiting to pounce on passing vessels. During the reign of the Ottomans, Kalkan was populated by both Turks and Greeks, and its main industry was fishing. In the 19th century, its influence as a port town began to grow, and it became a busy commercial center and part of an important trade route at a time when most trading took place by water.

In 1923, the population exchange with Greece took most residents with a Grecian background away from Kalkan, significantly shifting the demographics of the town (and the entire surrounding region).

During the 1960s, many trade routes moved away from the sea and became overland routes. This drop in commercial activity significantly decreased the population of Kalkan as residents moved away to find jobs elsewhere. But as Kalkan began to lose its identity as a trade port, it began to grow in popularity as a haven for tourists. Its economy shifted gradually to a dependence on tourism instead of trading.

Today, Kalkan’s identity as a tourist town is well-established. “Old Kalkan” is known as the “historic heart of the town.” Strict regulations ensure that the village doesn’t lose its old-fashioned identity and charm. In the village, there are more than 100 restaurants and bars, which is the highest number per individual of any town along the Turkish coastline. Many of the restaurants and bars are located on rooftops, providing a beautiful view of the sea. Kalkan’s nightlife is laidback, and much of its activity centers on the water during the daylight hours. There are beaches, boat tours, scuba diving, paragliding, and waterskiing. Visitors also enjoy hikes into the mountains and to see the various ancient ruins accessible to Kalkan. The town is especially popular with British tourists. The Thursday market is one of its traditional events and is enjoyed by many out-of-town visitors.