What was once a small fishing village has blossomed into one of the most sophisticated and popular holiday destinations along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. While it bears all the hallmarks of a haven for those who want to do nothing but relax, you’ll find that there are plenty of things to do in Kalkan, Turkey.
Shopping in the Old Quarter
If you love shopping then head for the Old Quarter, where you’ll find the whitewashed, winding streets hiding quirky shops and unique boutiques. Mid-week is when the market comes to town and the backstreets brim with stalls selling traditional Turkish rugs (kilims), jewellery, handmade arts and crafts, and fresh produce. Prepare to get your bargaining head on, because haggling is one of the most Kalkan things to do and you’ll quickly become familiar with the rules. Never take the first offer and always bargain hard: the locals love a good haggle as much as you do!
In and under the sea
For adventurous types, a day at sea in a traditional Turkish boat (gϋlet) is one of the most fascinating things to do in Kalkan and the best way to appreciate the natural beauty of the coastline. If the crystal-clear waters look inviting, you can go for a boat cruise, where the anchor is thrown down and you can go for a refreshing swim. Alternatively, the Aegean provides excellent conditions for snorkelling or scuba-diving.
Travel back in time
Xanthos is one of the most popular attractions in the area, offering a fascinating insight into Kalkan’s past. Alongside a magnificent Roman amphitheatre, you’ll find the remains of an ancient temple and a range of vast tombs. Look out for the Xanthian Obelisk and the oddly-named ‘Happy Tomb’.
With so many things to do in Kalkan, you can make your holiday as laid back or as up-tempo as you want it to be.