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  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
  • Kalkan, Antalya, Turkey
 

Places to Visit, Cultural Sites, Activities and Day Trips

There are a myriad of things to do and places to visit in this area. We could go on and on extolling the virtues of each one but as there are so many good websites we have decided to go in-depth in just a few and leave you to explore others as you wish with the links provided.

Places to Visit

Islamlar

– Mountain village (Easy and very pleasant for lunch out of the sun)

Islamar trout farmA 20 minute drive up from Kalkan, Islamlar is situated in a very high, cool, green valley with wonderful, panoramic views. Almost as though time has stood still, the village itself has a rambling collection of traditional old houses, a beautiful mosque and an original water-powered flour mill. 

It’s also famous for its trout farms and restaurants. For a very reasonable sum you can have a feast: typical food on offer consists of freshly prepared local meze, fried goats cheese, their own home-farmed fresh water trout, home-made chips and fresh fruit – delicious!

Islamar trout farm

Kaş Photo Gallery

View the Kaş photo galleryKaş (easy day or evening trip)

Kaş is a 30 minute drive away from Kalkan and is built on the ancient site of Antiphellos with its ownamphitheatre. The stunning coastal road snakes its way along the edge of a rocky coastline providing truly spectacular views out to sea. It's well worth a visit just for the scenery alone. Open all year round, Kas is an up-market international resort which attracts professionals, artists, writers and the yachting fraternity. Its small marina is charming and it now boasts a new marina completed in early 2011. This is the third largest marina in Southern Turkey with berths for approximately 450 boats including super and mega vessels. However the resort still exudes a special charm, which comes from its narrow cobbled streets, boutique shops, lovely restaurants and easy-going, laid-back ambience.

Meis (day/evening trip)

Meis, or Kastellorizo, is a must do day trip from Kalkan. This tiny (at only 4 square miles in area) and pretty Dodecanese island with its population of a couple of hundred, sits opposite the harbour of Kas. It’s a 20 minute journey by ferry to this beautiful little Greek island untouched by tourism. Kastellorizo has an interesting history of its own, governed by many countries over the years. There is quite a lot to see in Meis. The harbour area is charming with a warren of alleys and houses behind the pretty waterfront shops and restaurants and churches. Tours operate almost every week day in high season. > Meis Express Ferry details

Saklikent Gorge Photo Gallery

Saklikent Gorge (a great day out!)

About a 40 minute drive from Kalkan. Saklikent Gorge is a 20km-long canyon, and is accessed by a suspended wooden catwalk. Melted snow from the Taurus Mountains passes through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River. The walls here are so steep that the sun never reaches the floor. If you can brave wading through the icy cold water at the start, it's a pleasant walk through the canyon especially when you wish to escape the searing heat of high summer. Enterprising locals have set up a series of wooden platforms suspended just a foot or two above the bubbling snow-melt of the Xanthos River. Decked out with Turkish rugs and comfy cushions and shaded by fig trees, you can relax by the waters as they serve up freshly-caught trout and salad, Turkish pancakes and beer cooled by the ice-cold waters.

For the intrepid it is also possible to go river rafting.


Fethiye (day trip)

About an hours drive from Kalkan and set between wooded mountains and a wide blue bay Fethiye is a bustling harbour and market town with a lovely yachting marina and promenade. It is the major commercial centre of the region and provides some fascinating sights and sounds, particularly on market day every Tuesday when the roads are full of vehicles of all types - from old American trucks, to horses and carts spilling over with all manner of produce destined to create the vibrant colours and smells of the market. There are many day trip boats lining the harbour which will take you to the islands near Gocek, or you can take the hydrofoil across to the Greek island of Rhodes. The wide tree-lined promenade is very attractive with bars and restaurants.

The cobbled streets of the old town with its original Turkish Bath and warren of shops and restaurants retains a distinctly 'Turkish' feel. Nearby you will find the famous Fish Market. Choose your fish from the days catch on one of the fish stalls in the centre, then take it to one of the many surrounding cafes and they will cook it to perfection for you (the chilli, garlic sauce is good with prawns). Your fish will be served with wonderfully fresh salads, chips and freshly baked bread. Don't miss dining here with the locals to get an authentic flavour of a Turkish town.

Fethiye Photo Gallery

Fethiye MarketIf you love to barter take a visit to the Fethiye Market, which is on every Tuesday and is open all day. It sells everything from wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional Turkish linen and lanterns as well as great bargains on fashion, jewellery, handbags and so on. You will find the market traders sell a lot of 'genuine fakes'. Don't accept the first price be prepared to barter, it's part of the fun!

There are some larger supermarkets than you will find in Kalkan if you need to do a really big shop.

Fethiye has become more and more popular in recent years with tourists and is open all year round.

Olu Deniz Photo Gallery

Olu Deniz (day trip)

About an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Kalkan but worth it for the wonderful beach.

Olu Deniz is widely known as Turkey's top beach destination and you will undoubtedly have seen it on many advertising hoardings. It has officially been declared a conservation area of outstanding natural beauty. Set on a magnificent, wide sweeping bay against an impressive mountain backdrop. Clear, turquoise waters lap the long curving sand and pebble beach which culminates in a placid turquoise lagoon at one end.

You will find a variety of water sports on the beach and paragliding is a popular activity. Oludeniz has become a mecca for paragliders from all over the world.  It is fascinating to spend a day on the beach watching the drama of corkscrew turns as the paragliders descend. Day-long boat trips for swimming, snorkelling and lunch are good value. Some companies offer riding tours of the wooded mountains.

There are many cafés, bars and restaurants situated along the seafront, still fairly laid-back. Many more have opened up through the centre of the village. You can enjoy a fun day out for all the family on this glorious beach and buzzy resort. > Photo Gallery

Cultural Sites in the region well worth a visit...

Kekova

Kekova – The Sunken City – and Simena (Full Day trip)

Just over an hour's drive from Kalkan. Take a glass-bottomed boat trip over the ruins of Kekova a submerged port dating back to the 5th century BC. Underwater lie the fascinating half-submerged remains of this Lycian sunken city. Adjacent to Kekova's underwater ruins are the beautiful ruins of Simena, dating back to the 4th century BC. A medieval castle sits atop the little hill surrounded by the ruins of ancient Simena and you can climb to the summit to enjoy the views over the expanse of turquoise water. Look out for the unusual -shaped Lycian tombs which protrude from the waters of the shallow bay.

Xanthos

Xanthos was the name of a city in ancient Lycia, the site of present day Kınık, Antalya Province, and of the river on which the city is situated. The ruins of Xanthus are on the south slopes of a hill, the ancient acropolis, located on the northern outskirts of the modern city, on the left bank of the Xanthus, which flows beneath the hill. A single road, Xantos yolu, encircles the hill and runs through the ruins.

Other Sites:

Location

Description

Tlos

A fortress-topped acropolis dramatically set high on a rocky outcrop

Pinara

A Lycian site with a magnificent and isolated setting

Letoon

A shrine to Leto consisting of three temples

Xanthos

The ancient capital and grandest city of Lycia

Myra

Lycian tombs and a Roman theatre

Arycanda

One of the Lycian Coast's best kept secrets. A site that in many peoples view offers an insight equal to Ephesus!

Olympos

Fascinating ruins set just inland from a beautiful beach and the flames of the Chimera – the site of dozens of small fires which burn constantly from vents in the rocks on the side of the mountain. Best seen at night.

Phaselis

Less to see than Olympos but a truly magical setting

  Xanthos

Boat Trips

Boat Trips KalkanBook a boat trip on one of the many yachts that leave the harbour daily and you will leave any stress behind! It is hard to imagine a more totally relaxing day than one on-board a traditional Turkish 'gulet' as it sails around the beautiful coves of Kalkan. For a very modest sum, you are treated to a cooked lunch and afternoon tea on board, with many opportunities to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters or just drift and dream on your comfortable deck mattress. Or charter your own boat and take family or a group of friends. Leaving and re-entering the pretty harbour gives you another delightful perspective of Kalkan from the sea. Alternatively set the scene with a romantic moonlight cruise!

We have enjoyed many wonderful day trips out and a 'moonlit' cruise on our friend Ali's boat 'Anil'. Skippered by Ali, the delicious food is cooked by his English wife Vicki, it is always advisable to book well in advance: jacksonvictoria@hotmail.com

Boat Trips in and around Kalkan

Boat Trips Kalkan Tea time on a gullet boat trip

Activities

Gurus Place

Gurus Place (morning cookery course)

Just a short drive out of Kalkan on the Kaş road is Gurus Place an informal and rustic restaurant where you can try your hand at learning to cook traditional Turkish dishes.  Don aprons and headscarves and Hussein the young and vivacious manager will talk you through the steps to prepare and cook a delicious meal in a small group but for no less than 2 people. Then sit down together and enjoy what you have made with a glass of wine! Book in advance. > www.kalkanguru.com/cooking-course

Jeep Safari

Drive up to mountains for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement. There are three different safari itineraries. > www.visitkalkan.com

Canoeing

An exciting day of sun, fun and nature and canoeing along the beautiful Xanthos River. No canoeing experience required to share an exhilarating day in Patara national park with experienced guides who will show you one of the most unspoilt places of the area. > www.visitkalkan.com

Walking and Walking Tours

Kalkan is situated in the heart of the old Lycian region. The Lycian Way is a 509 km marked footpath around the coast of Lycia from Fethiye to Antalya. Rated by the Sunday Times as one of the most beautiful long distance hikes of the world. It is ideal for walking in the spring or autumn. Mild temperatures mean it can also be walked in the winter.

> more information

Take a day walking tour to Akda Akdaglar ( White Mountains ) Sutlegen village and Sinekcibeli observatory. It starts with a drive to mountains in the morning which takes 45 minutes. Then walk from Sinekcibeli to Sutlegen village.  It is an easy walk with absolutely fantastic scenery of mountains, nomadic villages and cedar, pine and juniper forests. The total walk takes about 4-5 hours with picnic lunch and breaks.> www.visitkalkan.com

Walking the Lycian Way
Paraglider

Paragliding

Olu Deniz is reputedly the best site in Europe, if not the world, to experience the thrill of paragliding.  Fly like a bird over the breathtaking Oludeniz lagoon. There are many professional companies with whom you can book a solo or tandem paragliding flight with an experienced pilot. An experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed.

> Focus Tours Paragliding

Turkish Bath /Hamam

A visit to a Turkish bath/Hamam is definitely an invigorating and unforgettable experience. It is best to sample this traditional Turkish culture at the start of your holiday. It will get rid of any surface dead skin cells, leaving your body silky smooth (which will help your tan develop nicely). Usually starting by relaxing on a warm marble slab, followed by a massage with an abrasive glove, then a big 'soap-up' with loads of bubbles, a rinse off and finally cooling off with a refreshing drink.

Turkish Bath

Likya Residence Hotel Spa

Photo: The Likya Residence Hotel Spa is certainly worth a visit.

Atlantis Wellness Centre in the town centre offer a variety of soothing treatments – Turkish baths, sauna, many types of massages and more. The Asfiya Hotel, the Kalkan Regency and The Likya Residence Hotel also have their own lovely spas/haman which non-residents can take advantage of.

Days out in Kalkan
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