Kalkan is a Turkish Mediterranean fishing
village gone upscale to resort status.
Located 27 km (17 miles) west of Kaş (map), it's like Kaş with
less land but more money.
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
The good news is that Kalkan has a good selection of hotels and villas to rent/let for your visit. More...
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 yacht harbor 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.
a completely different feeling for
Kalkan if you stay in your own villa—an
easy thing to accomplish. More...
Kaputaş Beach, only a few kilometers from Kalkan...
Come by car or bus,
perhaps changing at Fethiye or Antalya.
of Kaş, Kalkan & Mediterranean
For more extensive information on Kalkan, visit Kalkan Turkish Local News.
Distances & Travel Times
km (133 miles) NE, 4.5 hours
Kale): 74 km (46 miles) E, 1.5
km (68 miles) NW, 2 hours
km (18 miles) W, 35 minutes
km (153 miles) W, 4 hours
km (12 miles) W, 20 minutes
—by Tom Brosnahan