Kalkan – A place to fall in love with.
Wander around the town’s atmospheric Old Quarter, with its winding streets, overhanging balconies and roof terraces, tempting restaurants and shops selling local crafts. You’ll find an interesting mix of Greek and Turkish architecture, from whitewashed, shuttered buildings to the former Greek Orthodox Church, now a mosque.
Sample fine food with amazing views. From Turkish meze to stunning seafood to baklava, Kalkan’s many restaurants are an integral part of the fabric of this hilly resort. Many in the town boast roof terraces with amazing views out across the sea, or opt for an eatery lining the historic harbour with its traditional Turkish Gulets and yachts.
Trek part of the Lycian Way. This 540km footpath stretches around the coastline of southern Turkey from Fethiye to Antalya, it is partly made up of Roman roads and old mule trails and has been named one of the top ten most beautiful long-distance hikes in the world.
Head about an hour inland to the ancient Lycian city of Tlos, once a large and prosperous settlement during Roman times. There are numerous fascinating ruins to take in, including Acropolis Hill with its amazing panoramic views. Legend has it that Pegasus, the winged horse, also called this city home.
Around a 30 minute drive from Kalkan is the Saklikent Gorge, which at 20km long and 300m deep is the second largest in Europe. Around 4km of the gorge is walkable after April, once the snow from the nearby Taurus Mountains has melted. Great for photo opportunities, just be sure to wear sensible shoes!
Head for Fethiye, considered one of the treasures of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Having grown from an unassuming, traditional fishing port and tomato growing area into a vibrant tourist town, there is plenty to see and do here from the famous fish market to the Roman amphitheatre and the Lycian rock tombs.
Set off from Kalkan harbour and spend a day on a relaxing Gulet cruise. Gulets are traditional Turkish motor yachts crafted out of wood. Historically they were used for transport and fishing along Turkey’s southern coasts, now they are more famed for their ample deck safe – brilliant for soaking up some rays.
Try your hand at scuba diving, a popular pastime in this region with more than 15 dive sites sitting between Kalkan and nearby Kas. Whether a beginner or an expert at checking out underwater ship wrecks, there are various courses on offer. Plus Kalkan is also a brilliant spot for snorkelling.
Extreme sports are also quite big business in this part of Turkey. If you’re brave enough you could try a little tandem paragliding where you soar through the sunny skies rigged up to a professional. Just make sure your holiday insurance covers it!
Take a short ferry from nearby Kas to the island of Meis, also known as Kastellorizo. This beautiful island has a permanent population of just a few hundred but can get busy during tourist season. It is worth it though to visit the breathtaking Blue Cave.