Kalkan Tourist Places to Visit in Kalkan, Turkey, Europe

Kalkan Tourist Places to Visit in Kalkan, Turkey, Europe

Kalkan is a town situated on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey between 36°15.4870′ N latitude and 29°24.4987′ E longitude, around 200 km southwest of the largest international summer resort of Turkey, Antalya and 830 km south of the Istanbul, the capital of Turkey. It is a popular holiday destination widely renowned for beaches, especially for Patara Beach & Kaputaş Beach, and the town is also famous among tourists for its historical sites including Tlos and Kekova.


History of Kalkan:

Until the outcome of the Greco-Turkish War, Kalkan was inhabited by the higher majority of Greeks and the war resulted into the exchange of people between Greek and Turky in 1923. Kalkan has been the prominent harbor town since the early 20th century, once it was declined with the construction of Fethiye road but the town regained its prominence with the boom of tourism industry.


Connectivity to Kalkan:

Kalkan is not served by airport, so international tourists are needed to reach Dalaman Airport first and then take bus or airport taxi or pre-booked car to reach Kalkan. The Dalaman Airport is situated in Dalaman, around 125 km northwest of Kalkan and operates flights to all over Europe including the cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Cologne, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

By bus, Kalkan is connected to Istanbul, Izmir, Afyon, Fethiye, Antalya and other Turkish destinations.

Generally visitors choose mopeds to move within Kalkan which costs around £30 a day.


Shopping and Food in Kalkan:

Kalkan is famous for Turkish rugs and the town houses all sorts of shops including traditional handicraft products.

Some nice tourist favor food corners in Kalkan are as follows:

  • Agora Restaurant
  • Sade Restaurant
  • Adana Ocakbasi
  • Lipsos Restaurant Kalkan


Things to do in Kalkan:

  • Yildiz – Day Trips
  • Whisper Boat riding
  • Sunset Boat Trips
  • Skyline Paragliding


Must see in Kalkan:

Kaputaş Beach:

The Kaputaş Beach is a beautiful and long beach located between the towns of Kaş and Kalkan, around 7 km away from the centre of Kalkan. This natural beauty is untouched, drawing loads of tourists during the summer months for different water sport activities but permanent shops are less in number.


Patara Beach:

Measuring a length of 18 kilometers, the Patara Beach is one of the longest beaches in Mediterranean region. Located around 16 km away from Kalkan, the Patara Beach is also famous as a nesting place for sea turtles.


Kalkan Harbor:

The Kalkan Harbor is a great place for those who have interest in learning about boat riding, fishing and boat manufacturing. The environment is also nice and visitors can spend a whole day happily here.


Lycian Way:

The Lycian Way is a hiking trail stretching around 509 km from the city of Fethiye to Antalya passing through the town of Kalkan. It can be explored independently or by a guided tour, the latter option is helpful.


Caybogazi Baraji:

The Caybogazi Baraji is a beautiful lake, situated in the town of Gombe, around 50 km away from Kalkan. It can be reached by minibus or rental vehicle from Kalkan.


List of other attractive places in Kalkan and Fethiye (around 80 km) include:

  • Palm Beach Club
  • Blue Marlin Watersports
  • Xanthos – Lycian Antique City
  • Pinara Antique City
  • Saklikent Gorge
  • Karmylassos
  • Gemiler Island
  • Seahorse Diving Centre
  • Desperado Horse Ranch
  • Butterfly Valley
  • Billy’s Beach
  • Downtown Fethiye
  • Calis Beach
  • Selale Yaka Park
  • Fethiye Museum


Ideal time to visit Kalkan:

The best and most popular time to visit Kalkan in Turkey is during the months between May and September.


Where to stay in Kalkan?

Being a tourist favor town, Kalkan houses plenty of modernized hotels and resorts with upgraded amenities of which most offer advance booking facility for visitors’ convenience. The famous hotels in Kalkan are listed below:

  • Likya Residence and Spa
  • Hotel Asiyan
  • Pasha Apart-Hotel
  • Hotel Fidanka houses
  • Hotel Zinbad
  • Korsan Apartments
  • Meldi Hotel
  • Papermoon Hotel & Apartments
  • Hotel Dionysia
  • Hotel Villa Mahal
  • Asfiya Hotel
  • Rhapsody Hotel
  • Happy Hotel Kalkan
  • Allegra Hotel
  • Samira Garden Hotel

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