Spring, Summer, Autumn
LCY → DLM
Up to 3 months
Set on the southwest coast of Turkey, Kalkan was once a sleepy fishing village but now it has been transformed into a cosmopolitan seaside town. The long promenade of Kalkan is packed with hip bars and seafood restaurants. However, the modernity has not come at the cost of tradition and in the old town you’ll find white-washed houses covered in bougainvillea, as well as hidden-away cafes, restaurants and shops. You are also perfectly positioned to take in the historic sights nearby on your Kalkan holidays.
Kalkan’s main beach is to the harbour’s east. It is a compact and pebbly beach that runs down to the crystalline-blue water, and it features plenty of umbrellas, sun-loungers, beachside bars and cafes. Another option is the sandy cove found at Kaputas, a 10 minute drive away, and the 12 kilometre-long Patara Beach which is part of a national park is less than 30 minutes away.
Temperature: The average summer temperature ranges from 25 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Kalkan: April and May are a popular time due to more comfortable temperatures.
The Mediterranean climate of Kalkan means dry and very hot summers that can span almost seven months of the year. July to September are the hottest months, when temperatures often reach the 30s degrees Celsius.
Kalkan’s sun-baked marina, intimate cafes and restaurants and stunning scenery makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
Spend warm evenings wining and dining at one of the many rooftop terraces on holidays in Kalkan or partake in a sophisticated experience at the yacht club.
Situated a short distance from the likes of Xanthos and Patara, Kalkan forms the gateway to the fascinating remains at Lycia. In just 25 minutes you can be in Kas, with its winding and narrow streets and an extremely well-preserved Greek amphitheatre – from the top tier you have fantastic views over the Mediterranean. A one hour drive away is Tlos – an ancient site where you’ll find tombs that have been built into the hillside.
The location of Kalkan on the Lycian Coast means it is a popular base for exploring the area’s historic attractions. The gem of them is Xanthos, the ancient capital of the region that has a wealth of sights for history buffs. Among the more famous of them is the towering Hellenistic City Gate and the Lycian Tomb. Kalkan itself has traditional charm, with its downtown packed with narrow streets and white-washed houses with terracotta roofs. It is also the best place for shopping during Kalkan holidays, this part of the town has market stalls that are open until late night and they sell locally made jewellery, clothing, and earthenware.
Kalkan’s picturesque marina is a hive of activity and a nightlife hub. One of Kalkan’s biggest attractions is the harbour and it is the perfect place to go sailing from, take a trip to Xanthos or go on a diving trip. Next to the marina is the picturesque pebbled beach, it’s ideal for sunbathing on your holidays to Kalkan. If you prefer more traditional sand, Patara Beach is only a 20 minutes by dolmus away. The crystal clear waters of Kalkan are a diver’s dream, with a number of dive centres that arrange trips to explore a caves and a shipwreck off the coast.
Kalkan is popular for its lively nightlife, the busy promenade is packed bars, cafes and Mediterranean seafood restaurants. The rooftop bars found downtown are a great setting for enjoying drinks on warm evenings. The harbour is the place to go for hip wine bars and upscale restaurants. The choice of restaurants in Kalkan is excellent, with several Italian restaurants and good steak houses among the seafood and Turkish venues that dominate the dining scene. For a real Turkish experience, holidays in Kalkan are ideal to feast on slow-cooked guvek, fragrant lamb tandir and mezes.