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Holidays in Kalkan
Kalkan is a sophisticated seaside town on Turkey’s sparkling Turquoise Coast. Loved for its blend of traditional charm and modern, upbeat nightlife, Kalkan is the ideal place to sightsee, take sailing trips along the glorious coast and dine in Turkish restaurants. The town is also popular for its proximity to some of the finest historical sites in the region, including ancient cities filled with Roman ruins.
April and May are popular for more comfortable temperatures.
Dalaman Airport (DLM).
Book your holiday to Kalkan with Thomas Cook to experience the Roman remains of Xanthos and tasty Turkish cuisine in the yacht-filled harbour.
Kalkan’s waterfront is the perfect place to acclimatise, with restaurants and bars filling the seafront promenade all the way to the marina. The marina is ideal for planning a boat trip or strolling down to the pebbly beach for a swim or dive. An excursion out to Kalkan’s historic surroundings is a must; the ancient sites at Xanthos are mesmerising, including Roman amphitheatres and vast tombs. Be sure to visit Kalkan’s downtown area to browse the lively markets for gifts or some tasty street food, or climb to a rooftop terrace and enjoy homemade mezes while watching the sun go down.
Kalkan’s location on the Lycian Coast makes it a popular base for exploring the region’s historic attractions. The jewel of the Lycian Coast is Xanthos, the region’s ancient capital that is a treasure trove of sights for history buffs. Famous sites include the Lycian Tomb and towering Hellenistic City Gate. Kalkan itself is popular for its traditional charm, with its quaint downtown area filled with narrow streets and whitewashed villas with terracotta roofs. The best place in Kalkan to shop, this part of town has market stalls open until late at night selling locally made clothing, jewellery and earthenware.
Kalkan’s beautiful marina is a hub of activity and nightlife, packed with gleaming boats and a local yacht club. One of the biggest attractions in Kalkan, the harbour is the perfect place to take a leisurely sail, an excursion over to Xanthos or plan a diving trip. Beside the marina is the resort’s pretty pebble beach, ideal for a little sunbathing. If you prefer a traditional sandy spot, the golden Patara Beach is a 20 minute dolmus ride away. Kalkan’s crystal clear waters are paradise for divers, with a local dive centre arranging trips to explore a shipwreck and caves off the coast.
Kalkan is loved for its cosmopolitan nightlife scene, with a buzzing promenade filled with lively bars and Mediterranean seafood restaurants. Rooftop bars in the downtown area are a favourite setting for enjoying drinks in the warm evenings. The harbour front and yacht club are the places to go in Kalkan for chic wine bars and upmarket restaurants. Kalkan’s choice of restaurants is excellent, with several good steak houses and Italian restaurants among the dominant seafood and Turkish places. Ideal for foodies and visitors after real Turkish experiences, Kalkan is the perfect place to nibble at mezes, fragrant lamb tandir and slow-cooked guvek.
Couples: Kalkan’s sun-soaked marina, intimate restaurants and beautiful scenery are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Night owls: Spend balmy evenings dining on Kalkan’s rooftop terraces and sipping wine in the yacht club.
Sightseers: Situated an easy distance from the likes of Patara and Xanthos, Kalkan is the gateway to Lycia’s fascinating remains.
Language: The language spoken in Kalkan is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Kalkan is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Kalkan is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport (DLM)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Kalkan tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com/en/pages/read/kalkan
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kalkan.
Temperature: Summer average of 25-28°C
Best time to visit: April and May are popular for more comfortable temperatures.
Kalkan’s Mediterranean climate features dry, very hot summers that can last for nearly seven months of the year. The hottest months are July to September, when the temperature often reaches the 30s (°C).
By dolmus: The local mini buses in Turkey are called dolmuses, and are a very handy and cheap way of getting around resorts. Dolmuses leave from Kalkan’s main square and head to the coast and local places of interest.
By bus: Buses are generally used for longer journeys, and are a good option for day trips and excursions if you don’t want to drive. There is a bus ticket office in the main square.
By car: There are plenty of car hire companies available in Kalkan and at Dalaman Airport. Prices are competitive and car hire is ideal for visitors wanting the freedom to travel on their own time.
For water babies: Kalkan’s Festival of the Sea is the most popular event of the year, a one day festival in July held on Kalkan’s beach. Activities include a swimming competition, boat races and lots of evening entertainment on the beach.
For culture vultures: Around 30 minutes’ drive from Kalkan is the city of Kas, host of the International Lycian Culture and Arts Festival. Held annually at the end of June, the festival is a three day event featuring an opening parade and performances, exhibitions and concerts, plus lots of food in the city’s squares and venues.