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For some time away on the peaceful Turquoise coast of Turkey, a 2020 holiday to Kalkan is exactly what you need. Curled around the harbour at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, Kalkan is a small resort and fishing village with its own style and atmosphere. Whitewashed villas with shuttered windows line the narrow streets, which wind down to the harbour where the pleasure boats dock, and carved timber balconies strewn with colourful bougainvillea cascade overhead.
This historic town has many architectural treasures, and strict building codes keep the more contemporary additions in line with the traditional Ottoman architecture of the old town. Out in front of the bay, islands float upon the water, and a number of speciality shops line the streets. Kalkan is littered with once-in-a-lifetime dining opportunities, with an array of rooftop terrace restaurants and bars from which to view the surroundings. Meanwhile, the fishing culture is still alive and well, with fishing boats leaving the harbour in the early mornings and returning in the evenings with the day’s haul.
Your guide to Kalkan holidays
The Ottoman origins of the village are still very much evident in the landscape today, and a tour of the local architecture is highly recommended on a holiday to Kalkan. Other cultures, including Greek, Roman and Lycian have left their mark upon the town throughout history, and the evidence of this can be seen in many of the resort’s attractive sights, including Xanthos, Letoon, Patara, the sunken city of Kekova, Saklikent Gorge, and Hierapolis-Pamukkale. There are a number of walking tours available in the area, enabling you to see the best of Kalkan at your own pace.
The restaurants in the area are some of the best in Turkey, and all utilise the very freshest local ingredients. There are plenty of sunbathing opportunities at the shingle beach, as well as a diving school and a range of other water sports. For opportunities to take in the resort’s surroundings from the sea, there are regular boat trips from the harbour that take you on a gentle cruise around the bay.
A beach holiday to Kalkan includes some truly spectacular beaches. To the east of Kalkan’s harbour, the public beach is an impeccably clean pebble beach that has been awarded a Blue Flag, and with crystal-clear waters that drop off fairly close to the shore, it has optimum swimming conditions. There are two other gorgeous beach locations a short minibus ride from the centre of Kalkan.
Kaputaş Beach is about a 10-minute drive from Kalkan, and is nestled in a luxuriously soft sandy cove, with brilliant turquoise waters perfect for a relaxed, secluded dip off the shore. Umbrellas are available for hire, and the beach is located at the foot of a magnificent mountain gorge. Patara beach by far stands out as the most naturally beautiful. Part of a national park, the sand stretches for 12 kilometres along the shore, and is backed by sand dunes with a small snack café at one end, which also hires out sun loungers and umbrellas. There are also at least six popular beach clubs within easy reach of Kalkan, with a range of water sports, cafés, bars, restaurants and swimming opportunities.
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