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Kalkan is a town on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, and an important tourist destination. The area includes many historical sites (such as Tlos and Kekova) and many fine beaches (including Patara Beach & Kaputaş Beach).
Kalkan is an old fishing town, and the only safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye; it is famous for its white-washed houses, descending to the sea, and its brightly coloured bougainvilleas. It averages 300 days of sunshine a year.
Until the early 1920s, the majority of its inhabitants were Greeks.They left in 1923 because of the Exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey after the Greco-Turkish War and emigrated mainly to Attica, where they founded the new town of Kalamaki. Abandoned Greek houses can still be seen at Kalkan.
Kalkan was an important harbour town until the 1970s as the only seaport for the environs. It declined after construction of Fethiye road but revived after the emergence of the tourism industry in the region.
Although part of the Antalya province administratively, Kalkan is connected more closely to Fethiye economically and for transportation.
British newspaper The Independent listed Kalkan among the best tourist destinations for 2007. The paper recommended Kalkan especially for those seeking a romantic vacation and who do not want to travel far from their home country in Europe.
According to a 2012 survey 96% of visitors to Kalkan during 2011 were from the United Kingdom. The breakdown was: UK England (82%), UK Scotland (9%), UK Wales (3%), UK NI (2%).
Kalkan, an old fishing town, famous for its white-washed houses. Situated on a very steep slope descending to the sea, Kalkan is 13km from the Patara turn off and is the former Greek village of Kalamaki.
Living in Kalkan
Many British have taken up residence here turning Kalkan into an upmarket expat colony of around 1200, out of a population of 4000. The house prices match those in Europe and it remains more exclusive and quainter than nearby Kas.
Restaurants and Bars in Kalkan
Restaurants and bars are spread out throughout the town with most of the bars being just above the seafront and on Hasan Altan Street, which at nightfall becomes the main walk way linking the bus stop with the town centre. Some of the restaurant prices are exorbitant, serving curries and dull British fare, although there are some well established restaurants down at the waterfront.
Beaches of Kalkan
Kalkan’s pebble beach Komuluk, situated at the east edge of town, is clean and cooled by the fresh water seeping from nearby springs. It becomes very full during high season but there are swimming platforms available in beach clubs such as Likya, Kalamar, Patara and Mahal on the borders of the bay, which can be reached with a shuttle from the harbour. The only other beach, with course pebbles, is in walking distance between Gelemis and Akbel, 2km northwest of Kalkan. 6km on route to Kas is Kaputas Gorge, a deep canyon going back into the cliffs and steps from the roadside parking area take you down to Kaputas Beach , a 150m stretch with pebbles and blonde sand.
Hotels in Kalkan
Most of the purpose built hotels here are blocked booked by the tour operators and a few guesthouses or pansiyons are located in the Yaliboyu area. The closest recommendable accommodation is on Kalkan Bay, about 3.5km out of town.
Closeby Places to Visit
Kalkan serves as a good base for exploring Patara, Xanthos and Letoön and excursions run into the Toros Mountains from here. The main buses and dolmus operate from Fethiye to Kalkan.