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About Kalkan – curious to know what to expect?

10/03/2020 by Louise Watson

Kalkan at NightHistory

Pretty, charming, sophisticated are just a few of the words used to describe Kalkan, Turkey, which was formerly a Greek village called Kalamaki. In 1921 following the Turkish War of Independence, there was an exchange of citizens between Greece and Turkey resulting in the name change. The Greek influence can still be found in the ‘old quarter’ of the town, with the central mosque which was once a Greek Orthodox church, and the old original white buildings and wooden balconies. Kalkan is still a village with a small centre, and remains relatively untouched. During the summer, an array of colourful bougainvillea adorns many of the small shops and restaurants.


Kalkan has an abundance of restaurants for which it is famous. Therefore the quality of food available is not only to suit all tastes and budgets, but also of extremely high quality to rival many UK restaurants. Trust us, you will be spoilt for choice!

Getting around Kalkan

Kalkan is not for the feint hearted when it comes to walking. Built into the mountainside, Kalkan commands some spectacular views from most of the properties. But there are parts of Kalkan which are steep and should be taken slowly or better still by taxi! With a favourable exchange rate, taxis are plentiful and cheap.

Kalkan by Day

Kalkan tends to attract couples or families looking for a more relaxing holiday. Most people either spend the day around their villa and pool, or head to the beach club. Everyone has their favourite, but each does the same thing. It’s a chance to while away the hours soaking up the sunshine on a sunbed. Take a dip in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, have a light lunch or read. For the more adventurous, enjoy the various watersport activities Kalkan has to offer such as hiring a jet ski for an adrenaline rush.

If you prefer to do a day excursion, there are plenty to choice from. The local area has an abundance of ruins such as Patara which was an important Roman port and harbour. Patara also has 17 kms of sandy beach too to enjoy.  Probably the most popular thing to do in Kalkan is a boat trip. Spend a lazy day on the water (most boats take a maximum of 10-12 people), bobbing around, swimming and enjoying a splendid Turkish lunch prepared fresh on-board. Remember to take your snorkel and fins!

Kalkan by Night

As Kalkan is not a large resort, there is limited night life. If all night clubbing is what you are looking for, then Kalkan is not for you.  There are a couple of small late night opening clubs, but the majority of nightlife consists of dinner at one of the many restaurants, with either pre or post dinner drinks at the more refined cocktail bars.

In summary, Kalkan is a great place to get away from it all and recharge your batteries. The Turkish culture is laid back and friendly. The Turkish people will welcome you like long-lost friends. Like many visitors to Kalkan, you’ll become a regular and won’t want to leave……

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