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With the magnificent Taurus Mountains on one side and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea on the other, Kalkan truly combines the best of both worlds. If the fabled beauty of Kalkan is anything to go by, the natural beauty looming over it is no less.

But what makes the town stand out just like a page from a fairy tale is its sinewy narrow streets dotted with beautiful houses. Whitewashed villas with its special Greek touch seem to transport you to another time and place. But further elaboration would be useless until you see it with your own eyes.

When visiting Kalkan do take along proper monetary stockpile for there is only one bank there. The only other thing you need to carry along is your senses so that you can satiate the Epicurean in you.


International Tourism, Marinas and Government Investment Kalkan

  • Highway infrastructure 60 km --2012
  • Kalkan marina 200 boats


History of Kalkan

The strategic location of Kalkan as the only protected marina between Kas and Fethiye was the reason behind its significance in the 19th century and, which spurred the founding of a community. In fact it was during the Ottoman rule that the Greek and Turkish people first settled there, which is almost 200 years ago. It was the hub of Ottoman trading and dealt in silk, wine, olive oil, charcoal, high quality wood, grain, flour, cotton, sesame seed, acorns and grapes.

Rapid development in Kalkan resulted in a well populated village by the early 20th century. Soon after World War I however and during the Turkish War of Independence around 1921, Greek residents migrated from Kalkan. However, trading continued until the improvement of Turkish infrastructure brought an end to it.

When sea trade lost its importance much of the populace moved out of Kalkan, presently however the mainstay of Kalkan is its tourism appeal.


Kalkan Architecture

The architecture of Kalkan endures as a pleasant memory in the minds of its visitors. An eclectic mix of the Greek and old Kalkan architecture, the buildings are surely a treat to sore eyes. The Greek Orthodox Church by Kalkan’s harbor that has been converted into a mosque is the best example of Greek architecture in Kalkan.

Kalkan buildings are made of stone and maybe that is why they have endured for such a long time. Amongst its main features are small shuttered windows, timbered galleries, whitewashed walls, divergent woodwork, patios and gardens. They are usually two storied and have a mezzanine.

The trademark Kalkan style however consists of a portico, a red tiled roof and a chimneypot. Further there are sills placed between floor levels, on window tops and on corners of buildings that are decorated with columns and column heads. The eves on the other hand are decorated with dentils and cornices.


Activities in Kalkan

Activities in Kalkan spoils you for choice, you can opt for a relaxing day at the beach or the beautiful beach clubs and swimming pools, enjoy the numerous water sports or take boat and gullet trips.

You will not get enough of the beautiful sights and sounds of the Mediterranean coast in Kalkan. Turquoise water lapping up on the pebbly beaches is reason enough for you to get that tan you have been craving for.

However, if you are not too comfortable in public beaches you can always opt for the beach clubs in Kalkan. Cut into the ridges of the mountains these beach clubs have platform beaches and gardens offering a new dimension to your beach pleasures. Moreover, if you are not really too keen on saline water then you could avail of the private fresh water pools in Kalkan hotels that are open to the public.

Kalkan Water Sports are rich and varied and you could try out scuba diving, river canoeing and river tubing. River canoeing is conducted on the Xanthos River touring across the Lycian province and also includes a Barbecue lunch, a swim in the famed Patara beach and an invigorating mud bath. River tubing on the other hand takes place on the Saklikent River with a tube and oars.

Kalkan Water Sports are rich and varied and you could try out scuba diving, river canoeing and river tubing. River canoeing is conducted on the Xanthos River touring across the Lycian province and also includes a Barbecue lunch, a swim in the famed Patara beach and an invigorating mud bath. River tubing on the other hand takes place on the Saklikent River with a tube and oars.

But if you want to see the sights on land, then go for the daily tours in Kalkan for visiting the local attractions, as well as make a trip to Patara, Kas and Fethiye. You can hire a car or take a bus for the purpose.


Shopping in Kalkan

In Kalkan, Thursday is usually the market day but that does not mean you cannot shop on other days. Kalkan offers stress-free shopping and many shops are even open till midnight. Turkish Kilims that are different in each area or province in Turkey are a specialty here so you should indulge in one if you can afford. Otherwise you could go for other articles prepared with Kilims like wallets, bags, slippers, cushion covers etc.