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Holidays in Kalkan
The former fishing village of Kalkan is today a lively upmarket resort. A four-hour drive from Antalya airport, discerning holidaymakers, can't get enough of this quaint town. With a population of four thousand, you might be surprised that 1500 of them are expats, most of which happen to be British. So, what is it that makes Kalkan so enticing?
For one, it’s the perfect haven for those who want to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful azure blue sea and breath-taking beaches. Just a few miles west of Kalkan sits Patara Beach, boasting eight silver miles of coastal bliss. Then there's pebbly Kalkan Beach which suits families with young children to a tee. And for groups looking to see something different, Kaputas Beach is formed by a gorge that opens to golden sands. Kaputas is incredibly popular with the locals, and often you’ll see the Gulet's and yachts making the most of turquoise waters.
Its appeal doesn't end there, famous for its whitewashed houses with bougainvillaea draping the walls; holidaymakers will step back in time to the 1920s where Greek influences reigned supreme in both history and majestic architecture.
The town also has the regal Taurus Mountains as a backdrop (which you can explore by mountain biking or walking), alongside an exquisite harbour full of Turkish wooden gulets (boats), and a beautiful and historic old town which extends back from the sea.
Between the soaring landscapes, lies the land of the Lycians (ancient people whose tombs dot this southern landscape). The ruined architecture is mesmerising, and best explored is the Lycian Way, a 310-mile path around the coast of Lycia from Fethiye to Antalya. A word to the wise, the route is rather tricky especially with the uneven surfaces – bring your best trainers and don’t worry, the trail gets easier as you approach the sea.
Kalkan undoubtedly ticks off a lot of boxes. The bohemian streets perfectly align with the towns laid-back atmosphere. So, if there was ever a time to visit Kalkan, it would be now – while it’s still relatively undiscovered.
Why book a villa in Kalkan
Our villas in Kalkan have been hand-picked for their enchanting charm, fabulous locations and top-notch facilities. You can breathe a sigh of relief in knowing your villa holiday to Kalkan has never been easier. With our insider expertise, we can help plan the sort of Turkish holiday that effortlessly captures the authenticity of the country alongside our luxury villas.
We have a great selection of luxury villas in Kalkan, which is why we guarantee that there will be something for everyone.
With the region growing more popular with Brits, we're always on the hunt for more villas to add to our portfolio. So, if you're yet to bite the bullet, make this the year you holiday to Kalkan.
Best time to visit Kalkan
Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, Kalkan is a hit with sun worshippers. Temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, and while we can't promise great weather, it's almost a given whenever you visit.
If it's summer highs you're after, plan your trip to Kalkan between June-August. Temperatures peak to 30°C, which is manageable given its coastal positioning. Although, we would recommend staying in the shade during the peak hours of 12-3pm.
As you can imagine, once November nears, the temperatures dip to lows of 8°C with an increased chance of rain. On average you can expect 12 rainy days during the winter months, but we wouldn't over think that too much.
When in doubt, the springtime is always a good time to visit Kalkan, especially if you're travelling with younger kids. You'll beat the scorching temperatures and fewer crowds with beaches practically for yourselves.
Kalkan for foodies
Kalkan's topography has given restaurateurs ample space to start some of the most remarkable eateries. Many located on roof terraces are the most sought after simply because the Mediterranean views can't be rivalled.
Meze is still at the core of Turkish cookery and an excellent option for vegetarian holidaymakers - and that's all before the main course arrives. The homebodies are passionate about their food; they celebrate breakfast with a spread that puts the continental breakfast to shame and have perfected the gözleme – thin layers of dough, with a savoury or sweet filling.
When in Turkey, you'll never be far away from tea. Served in a tulip tea glass, you get to choose your tea of choice. The regular kind is known to be a little too strong, even for us Brits. But you can also try apple tea, sage or rosehip.
If you’d prefer something alcoholic, try a refreshing Efes, Turkey’s most popular beer. However, all meals should be washed down with Raki. This aniseed liquor magically turns white on the addition of water, giving it the apt nickname of ‘Lion’s Milk’.
Kalkan for outdoor pursuits
Kalkan has adventures fit for both land and sea. Whether you’re hiking up the Taurus Mountains or taking a gulet trip on the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, the town is textbook for adventurous spirits. If you're keen, ask the captain for a fishing line, as you may be able to add to the lunch items. Or perhaps, whittle the hours away snorkelling; who knows, you might be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins or a turtle.
Kalkan for family holidays
If it's your first time in a Turkey villa with the family, Kalkan will oblige to all your needs. Sure, you have the beaches and the comfort of your villa. But what's going to make the region stand out to your kids? For starters, you can visit the unique sunken remains at Kekova - revealing half-submerged houses and the original harbour.
Kalkan Beach Park is also very popular with kids, the shallow beach area has a waterslide to keep them entertained, and their on-site restaurant will help everyone happy. Best of all the beach club entry is free.