Kalkan is one of those harborside villages that seem to have it all. The old town is full of old charm with a still visible Greek past, narrow cobbled streets, and plenty of colorful shops and restaurants that cater for the most discerning tourists. Kalkan’s old town may be small, but it is inviting you to get lost in it, or at least to forget about the world for a brief moment.
Admittedly, Kalkan is extremely popular. Its excellent situation on a hill looking down onto the picture perfect bay below makes it an attractive place for holidaymakers and second homeowners alike. Each year development continues, but because of the fact that it all happens up the hills, the old town has kept its original charm. The village was once Greek and called Kalamaki. The old church is still there and is now converted into a mosque. When describing Kalkan with only one word, it would be quaint. Is being quaint enough for you to visit Kalkan? It is small, so understandably you wouldn’t drive from across the country to spend the day. But if you are somewhere remotely in the area, we’re quite confident that if you made a stop here, you’d rather enjoy Kalkan. Here’s your appetizer!
Shopping, stopping or boat hopping?
Strolling along the streets of the old town, there is something to discover around each corner. The cobblestone streets, the renovated Greek houses, the play of light and shade, and the presence of color everywhere makes you curious to go and explore each and every corner. And if all this exploring makes you hungry or thirsty, you’ll have a hard time picking ‘the one’ out of all the restaurants, cafés, and bars that look equally inviting and appealing. There’s a pinch of romance in the air, especially in spring, when the jasmines blossom and disperse their aroma through the narrow streets. And don’t forget that in between discovering new alleys and trying out the local cuisine, you’ll be tempted to do some shopping too! 🙂
Kalkan as your base
Kalkan is the perfect place to make it your base. Why? Because it has a cozy atmosphere, views to die for, excellent wining and dining facilities, and a number of attractions nearby that are perfect for a day trip. From Kalkan, you can easily visit Patara beach, and Unesco sites Xanthos and Letoon. If you are particularly taken by its Greek past, go catch some more Greek vibes in Kastellorizo, the pretty Greek island just off the coast in Kaş.
Get a taste of Turkish village life and stay in Islamlar, just above Kalkan bay. We’ve stayed at Villa Rudi and loved it. In fact, you may enjoy it so much, you can’t tear yourself away from the view.
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