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Once a simple fishing village, today’s Kalkan is
sophisticated and postcard pretty. The village shops stay open till around
midnight and are well stocked with interesting antiques, crafts, jewellery,
clothing and accessories.
Kalkan possesses a range of bars catering
to the pre-dinner amble around the village or after dinner night cap. There are a multitude of excellent roof-top restaurants
offering all manner of
culinary delights both Turkish and international and beautifully fresh fish and
The narrow streets twist down to the harbour, which is the
focus of the village and here you can enjoy a meal whilst watching the world go
Thursday is market day enjoyed by the locals
and tourists alike. Besides tourist gifts (ceramics, jewellery and spices)
the market also includes clothing (all those M&S socks you buy are made in
Turkey) and wonderful fruit and veg, nuts, cheese, honey and dried fruits.
Kalkan is well positioned for
those who enjoy something other than relaxing poolside. The town itself has a
small pebble beach, and there are several good beach clubs on the coves
around Kalkan including, this year, a beach club for Komerluk and Kisla, which
are accessible by water taxi.
minute journey by Dolumus (local bus) takes you to Kaputas beach -
a stunning beach dramatically
positioned at the foot of a ravine, or visit
breathtaking 18km Patara beach 25 minutes
Alternatively, boat trips leave daily from the harbour visiting the outlying
islands (including those you can see from the villa - Mouse and Snake) and
beaches and cost from £12 per head, lunch included. There are also several companies
that offer diving based in the harbour area and water sports (waterskiing,
wake boarding, jet skiing, dinghy sailing, banana and ringo rides) are
A trip to the trout farms in the hills is a must,
or those who enjoy shopping can browse around the friendly local markets and
shops of nearby towns of Kas or Fethiye.
The more adventurous can visit the
ghost town, walk Saklikent Gorge or visit the ancient sites along the Lycian Way
or perhaps wander the quiet plains of Bezergan…
As the season starts, the sea temperature warms up from an
April minimum of 65 F to a mid summer 80 F which is extremely comfortable for
long periods snorkelling or lazing in the sea.
From November until April there is still a lot of sunshine and
the temperature rarely drops below 15 C ( 59 F) and long periods of rain are
unusual, although it will rain at some time every couple of days. The
Autumn and Spring months are great times to explore the many archaeological
sites in the area.
The weather in and around Kalkan during the
'season' is dry and warm.
In the Kalkan area now the temperature is