Kalkan travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Summer average of 25-28°C

Best time to visit: April and May are popular for more comfortable temperatures. Summers get very hot here, with temperatures peaking in the low thirties. While this might be ideal for sunseekers, if you want to get some sightseeing done and would prefer things a little cooler, book your break between March and May or in the autumn, between September and November.

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KALKAN IS BEST FOR...

Couples: Still sporting much of its original character, Kalkan is a tangle of whitewashed, narrow streets, and boasts a sun-soaked marina lined with intimate restaurants and beautiful scenery: all the ingredients for a romantic getaway. 

Night owls: On top of a selection of superb restaurants and bars, most of Kalkan’s shops stay open until midnight, so you can indulge in some late-night haggling. Don’t expect rowdy clubs: the locals prefer the sound of live gypsy bands, rather than thumping techno.

Sightseers: Situated an easy distance from Patara and Xanthos, Kalkan is the gateway to Lycia’s fascinating remains.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is Turkish, while the locals speak some English, a phrasebook or an app is a good idea especially if you’re sightseeing away from the usual tourist spots. 

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Turkish Lira, before jetting off on your holidays to Kalkan.

Local time: Kalkan is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dalaman Airport. The transfer time to Kalkan is 2.5 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Kalkan is 4 hours.

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. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

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GETTING AROUND

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 the 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’s a bus ticket office in the main square.

By car: There are plenty of car hire companies available on your Kalkan holiday, especially at Dalaman Airport. Prices are competitive and car hire is ideal for visitors wanting the freedom to travel on their own time. 

EVENTS

For water babies: The first of July sees the Festival of the Sea soaking Kalkan to the bone! What begins as a memorial ceremony to those who’ve lost their lives at sea, erupts into a celebration that anyone can take part in. Expect swimming races, kayaking competitions, and even a contest to see who can walk a plank that’s been covered in olive oil! 

For culture vultures: At the end of June, nearby Kas holds the International Lycian Culture and Arts Festival. Around 30 minutes’ drive from here, 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.