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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, Dalaman Area
The Happy Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility situated high above Kalamar Bay just 5 minutes drive from the charming fishing village of Kalkan on the south west coast of Turkey. Blessed with spectacular panoramic views, this is a great hotel for couples and families offering traditional Turkish hospitality and 50 attractive rooms in various sizes spread over 6 buildings, stylishly furnished with modern amenities. Guests to the Happy Hotel can enjoy Kalamar Beach by taking a steep walk downhill through the sunbathing platforms set into the rocks with sea access. , ,Getting there: Dalaman International Airport is 130 km from the hotel. ,Local Tips: Kalkan Village has a beautiful backdrop of the Taurus Mountains with a quaint historic harbour famous for its fresh fish. There is also a selection of specialty shops selling jewellery, crafts and clothes. A Dolmus (buses) service runs on a regular basis to the towns of Kas and Fethiye. , ,Please Note - Rates are not valid for Turkish passport holders.,FACILITIES:,Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast hotel. There is an Indoor /Outdoor Restaurant, Vitamin Bar, Pool Bar, Terrace Bar, spacious lobby with magnificent view of the Kalamar Bay, recreation lounge with 54 inch color TV and Home Theatre System. , ,Sports, games and activities: Semi-Olympic swimming pool, sauna, large open air Jacuzzi, fitness center with a stepper, two treadmills, and two exercise bikes, children's playground, table tennis, billiards and darts. , , ,Additional: Reception with friendly and helpful staff, car park, meeting room equipped with wide screen plasma display and other technical products, business corner with internet access, air conditioning, private parking, 24 hour room service, laundry service, doctor and baby sitting on request, shoe shine. It is a 1 hour 30 minute transfer from Dalaman airport, 5 minute drive to Kalkan town centre or walking distance 1 km to Kalkan, and a 5 minute walk to Kalamar Beach. A free shuttle to and from town is available at least three times a day.
Kalkan, Dalaman Area
The award winning Kalamar Hotel is a haven of peace and tranquility situated high above Kalamar Bay in the charming fishing village of Kalkan on the south west coast of Turkey. Blessed with spectacular panoramic views, this is a great hotel for couples and families with 43 attractive rooms stylishly furnished with modern amenities. Guests to the Kalamar Hotel can discover marvellous beaches, explore the delightful villages nearby and experience real Turkish hospitality.,Getting there: Dalaman International Airport is 130 km from the hotel. ,Local Tips: Kalkan Village has a beautiful backdrop of the Taurus Mountains with a quaint historic harbour famous for its fresh fish. There is also a selection of specialty shops selling jewellery, crafts and clothes. A Dolmus (buses) service runs on a regular basis to the towns of Kas and Fethiye. ,Please Note: Rates are not valid for Turkish passport holders., ,FACILITIES:,Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast hotel. There is an Indoor Restaurant and a Terrace Restaurant, Bar, and the Beach Club's restaurant has a wide range of mouth watering food and drink that are available morning, noon and night. Breakfast is served on the restaurant terrace and is accompanied by breathtaking views! ,Sports, games and activities: Swimming pool, tennis court, award winning beach club which has been recognized for its high levels of cleanliness, high level of safety and high level of friendliness. The Beach Club has comfortable, quality sun beds, a swimming platform and water sports. A free shuttle sevice is provided to guests, please note access to the beach club is via steps.,Additional: 24-hour reception with friendly and helpful staff, car park, Wireless Internet connection (Hotel and Beach).
Kalkan, Dalaman Area
The Hotel Dionysia & Apartments is a haven of peace and tranquility surrounded by green hills, 1 km from the beach in the charming fishing village of Kalkan on the south west coast of Turkey. Within easy reach of Kalkan centre with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants, this friendly 3 Star property offers 23 attractive single and twin rooms, apartments and villa stylishly furnished with modern amenities. Guests to the Hotel Dionysia & Apartments can discover marvellous beaches, explore the delightful villages nearby and experience real Turkish hospitality. , ,Getting there: Dalaman International Airport is 120 km from the hotel., ,Local Tips: Kalkan Village has a beautiful backdrop of the Taurus Mountains with a quaint historic harbour famous for its fresh fish. There is also a selection of specialty shops selling jewellery, crafts and clothes. , ,Please Note - Rates are not valid for Turkish passport holders.,FACILITIES:,Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering accommodation. A continental breakfast is served in the dining area and the poolside bar is shaded by olive trees offering refreshments and hot or cold snacks. The Moonlight Bar with a rooftop terrace features wonderful views of Kalkan Marina., ,Sports, games and activities: Well-kept outdoor pool with children's section, sun loungers, umbrellas, massage service on request with charge. , ,Additional: 24-hour reception, English speaking staff, non smoking rooms, luggage storage, free parking, newspapers, laundry and ironing service, safety deposit boxes, Wi-Fi is available in public areas and is free of charge.,
Kalkan, Dalaman Area
Book and enjoy a family holiday in Turkey at the beautiful Pirat Hotel with its breathtaking views. ,The Pirat Hotel has spectacular views of Kalkan, harbour and marina and its backdrop of green-clad mountains make this a great holiday location. The Pirat Hotel is central to all local amenities and just 200 metres from the beach which consists of patio platforms over the sea with sun beds and umbrellas (free of charge). You are walking distance to the town's shops and restaurants where you can shop for that exotic gift, dance the night away or just stroll the quaint narrow streets that are lined with bougainvillea. ,Please Note: Rates are not valid for Turkish passport holders.,FACILITIES:,The Pirat Hotel is a fun place to stay with shops and restaurants within walking distance and ideal for visiting other towns and beaches nearby.,Food, Drink and Entertainment: Indoor and Outdoor Restaurant, Snack Bar, TV Lounge and Pool bar. Bed and Breakfast is based on Bed and Turkish Breakfast. ,Sports, Games and Activities: 2 Swimming Pools (offering great views of the Mediterranean Sea), Children's Pool and Billiards.,Additional: 24 Hour Room Service, 24 Hour Reception, Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes (charged locally)
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.