Kalkan has retained more of its Ottoman-era character, and has beauty and charm despite the inevitable modern development, most noticeable in the form of the 60-room Patara Prince Hotel & Resort and the 18-villa Club Patara Villas on the southeast side of Kalkan’s pristine little azure cove.
Once an Ottoman Greek fishing village named Kalamaki, Kalkan (kahl-KAHN, shield) has a tiny beach, but is too hemmed in by mountains falling right into the sea to have much coastal sand. Most people swim from tiny concrete decks set near the sea, reached by stairs or ladders.
|An old street in Kalkan…|
Kalkan’s small yachtharbor stays busy ferrying day-trippers to the Blue Cave and to tiny, hidden Kaputaş(KAH-poo-tahsh) beach, 7 km (4.3 miles) to the east.
Kalkan is a favorite destination for British travelers coming for a week’s villa vacation, or years of easy retirement living. If you’re traveling through, I wouldn’t recommend Kalkan for a long stay, but a night or two can be pleasant.
For more extensive information on Kalkan, visit Kalkan Turkish Local News.
Distances & Travel Times
Antalya: 214 km (133 miles) NE, 4.5 hours
Demre (Myra, Kale): 74 km (46 miles) E, 1.5 hours
Fethiye: 139 km (68 miles) NW, 2 hours
Kaş: 29 km (18 miles) W, 35 minutes
Marmaris: 246 km (153 miles) W, 4 hours
Patara: 19 km (12 miles) W, 20 minutes
—by Tom Brosnahan