Kalkan is a little town, located in Antalya province, built on a steep hillside and dotted in whitewash houses covered in bougainvillaea. Every year Kalkan receives about 300 days of sunshine and with its position on the ocean and close proximity to the white sandy beaches of Patara and Kaputas you can see why it can turn into a tourist mecca during the summer. Along with the beaches nearby Kalkan also offers easy access to surrounding sites, such as Saklikent Gorge, ancient Lycian cities and the Emerald Lake. It is also well known for its fine dining, so you will easily find a meal to please within the many cafes and restaurants that scatter all through town.
Things to do in Kalkan
Kalkan is a delightful town in the Lycian Coast of Turkey. Filled with rich unspoiled beauty, historic architectures and warm Turkish hospitality, the town of Kalkan has plenty to offer travellers from around the world. The whole town of Kalkan has a delightful café culture. Here the narrow streets will offer you plenty of historic Ottoman architectures to appreciate. You will also be able to appreciate whitewashed local houses and sweeping views of the sparkling bay. The delightful friendliness of the locals sets the town apart from the hassles of the other larger cities. Here shopping might be the best thing you can experience as you pick up souvenirs and mingle with the locals. You will get a fascinating insight into Turkish culture.
The town of Kalkan is famous for its watersports, yachting and scuba diving activities. All sorts of equipment for scuba diving can be found with ease. Friendly yachts will take you to the diving locations. Aside from diving, you may partake in many activities like sailing, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and banana boating in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Kalkan is also famous for its high concentration of fascinating restaurants. There are more than 100 restaurants from trendy and market eateries to local lokantas (taverns). And most of the restaurants will offer a breathtaking view of the harbour and the surrounding mountains from their rooftop. Here tourists from all walks of life can enjoy a few magnificent and romantic meals.
Kalkan’s nightlife has plenty of opportunities to offer the local and foreign tourists. The town comes to life after dusk as the restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs become quite vibrant. You can go to one of the many rooftop terrace bars to enjoy a drink or two while watching the sea sparkle in the darkness or listen to a gipsy band. You can also smoke a nargile pipe while resting on the ottoman style cushions or enjoy the local dancer put on a belly dancing show.