Kalkan is renowned for eating out! There are over 125 restaurants in Kalkan and they vary in price from inexpensive to top of the range. Regardless of price, the quality of food is normally very good. If you need advice on where to go, please feel free to ask Jane our villa representative.
Kalkan is famous for its beautiful roof top restaurants, of which there is a good choice, dine whilst watching the sunset over the bay, or the beautiful harbour at night-time. A must for your holiday!
Jane will be happy to give you some recommendations for local restaurants, cafes and bars and can book tables for you if required
Turkish is hard to master, but a few polite words are always appreciated:
Hello – Merhaba – “mer-hab-a”
Please – Lutfen – “Loot-fen”
Thank You – Tesekkur ederim – “Tesh-e-kur-e-derim”
Yes – Evet
No – Hayir No
Thanks – Yok sagol – “Yok – sa-ol”
Water – su – “sue”
The bill please – Hesap Lutfen – “Hesap loot-ven”
Good day- Iyi Gunler- “ee gun-ler”
Good Evening- Iyi Aksamlar- “ee ak-sham-lar”
Good night- Iyi Geceler- “ee gej-e-lar”
I don’t understand- Anlamadim- “An-lam-adhim”
WEEKLY MARKET – held every Thursday. Lots of tourist goodies (clothes, shoes, jewellery, bags, spices, ornaments etc). Don’t miss the fabulous fruit and vegetable stalls at the back of the market, where you can also buy local cheese, honey, eggs, and other locally produced foodstuffs. Prepare to haggle! Walk down the hill across from the petrol station, keep on the left hand side, walk past the cemetery, and you will come to the market street on the same side opposite The Junction cafe/restaurant which is a lovely place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner and has live music some evenings
ACTIVITIES (Please ensure your holiday insurance covers these)
Diving – some of the best in the Mediterranean.
Walking – the lush green countryside and rolling hills are perfect for long walks, with a few well-known trails along the Lycian Way to explore.
Watersports are available at the beach clubs and include water skiing, ringos, jet skiing and bananas.
Popular Excursions/Days out include: Canoeing along the Xanthos River, Jeep Safari, Horse Riding on Patara beach, Climbing the stunning Gorge at Saklikent, Paragliding – take off from Mount Bezirgan at 3600 feet and enjoy a scenic flight, landing at the harbour in Kalkan.
Kalkan has a small, pebbly beach which has blue flag status. We love it here. but you will need beach shoes for getting in and out of the water. Just a short drive away you will find some other stunning local beaches (see below)
PATARA BEACH Is approximately a 10 minute drive, or you can take the local bus (dolmus). Here you will find 12 miles of golden sand which is home to a protected colony of turtles. Entrance to the beach is through the ruins of the ancient city. There is a small entrance fee to get into the beach and if you wish to hire sunbeds and umbrellas, these are also available.
KAPUTAS Is one of the most scenic beaches in Turkey is just a stunning 10 minute drive from Kalkan (towards Kas) but a word of warning – the beach is accessed by nearly 200 steps. There are toilet facilities and a cafe on the beach. It can get VERY crowded in July and August.
BEACHES & BEACH CLUBS In addition to Kalkan beach, there are also several beach clubs. These are decked areas, on the water’s edge, offering water sports, swimming, restaurant and bar facilities, all set in beautiful locations with fabulous unobstructed view of the bay. Mahal Beach club, Palm Beach and Kalkan Beach Park, and Patara Prince Resort beach clubs all offer a free water taxi service from the harbour. Kalamar beach club is in Kalamar Bay and the Yali Beach club and Indigo Beach clubs are close to the harbour. There is usually a small charge for the day for using the sun-beds and umbrellas.
BOAT TRIPS One of the best days’ out in Kalkan. For private charter, please speak to Jane. With a smaller number in your group, it is often possible to just join another group already booked onto one of the gulet boats. Just go down to the harbour after 6pm when the boats have all come in, and speak to the boat captains.
CAR HIRE For some independence on holiday why not hire a car? Car hire can be arranged for you. Please note in July/Aug, car hire must be arranged in advance, as most of the hire cars are booked out.
CHANGING MONEY There are numerous banks in Kalkan, and also ATM machines, the nearest ones being just down the road from Migros supermarket. You will need to show your passport when changing money in banks. In addition, you can change money at Kalkan’s post office (PTT Building – next door to the Utopia & Moonlight Bars) or at some of the local shops in the Old Town including most of the jewellers.
Normal banking hours are 9am – 12.30pm/1.30pm – 5pm. Please note that the banks and the Post Office (PTT) are closed at the weekend.
LOCAL PLACES OF INTEREST
Kas - A 30 minute drive along the stunning coast line, takes you to the busy town of Kas where you will find the ruins of Antiphellos.
Alternatively, you can get a boat here for a day trip to the Greek island of Meis. The ferry for Meis leaves Kas at 10am, and returns at 4pm
Islamlar - close to Kalkan and situated in a cool, green valley, you will find many trout restaurants her, and it is much cooler, especially in the main summer months.
Saklikent Gorge – home to the Xanthos River, following an expert guide, you can enter the gorge. After walking up the gorge you can then relax on the ottoman seating in one of the riverside cafes or if you are feeling adventurous why not try rafting on the large rings down the river. It’s a great day out and really good fun, but be prepared to get wet! Any of the tour companies arrange trips here or if you have a car it’s only about 40 minutes away.
Xanthos – the ancient Lycian capital was buried by an earthquake and is still being excavated. There is a magnificent amphitheatre and monuments dating back to Roman and Byzantine times.
Letoon – an important religious centre, with remains of temples to Let, Artemis and Apollo.
Kekova, Ucagiz and Kale – a boat trip taking in ancient cities, under-water remains and breathtaking scenery of the coastline.