Explore Kalkan's historic and beautiful Old town

Highlights of a Holiday in Kalkan – Turkey

Turkeys glorious coast is becoming one of the top beach destinations in Europe unbeatable summer weather, sophisticated resorts, and, of course, a great selection of some truly stunning beaches. Selecting a resort can be a real challenge with so many to choose from. Belek is the place of choice for golf fans and Marmaris for the party crowd, but for those looking for somewhere characterful and relaxing, it is hard to beat a holiday in Kalkan. Located between Fethiye and Kas, this charming resort has plenty of highlights that make it stand out from the crowd?

The Resort Itself

Unlike some of the more crowded resorts, Kalkan has a low key character that is perfect for a relaxing break ? it is especially popular amongst couples looking for a romantic holiday. Kalkan used to be a fishing village, and still has a laid back charm and individual character that really makes it stand out from some of the other Turkish resorts.

Built on a hillside, the cobbled streets and old buildings are a delight to explore on foot, and the town is famed for the quality and number of its restaurants. Many of the best restaurants have rooftop terraces, where you can enjoy fine Turkish cuisine and a glass of raki as you enjoy glorious views out across the bay.

Beautiful Beaches

The resort has its own rocky pebble beach, but the real highlights are just a short distance away: Kaputas and Patara are both easily accessible for those on a holiday to Kalkan, and they are two of the finest beaches in Turkey, only twenty minutes from the resort. Those willing to travel further afield may want to venture to the lagoon beach at Oludeniz, an unspoilt stretch of sand that is perhaps the most beautiful beach in the country.

Local Historical Sights

A holiday in Kalkan is more than enough to keep you entertained even if you never leave the resort, but if you want to combine relaxation with a spot of ancient culture, the resort is well positioned for short trips to some of the most important local sites the castle at Simena, the sunken city of Kekova and the many architectural delights of Ephesus are all within easy reach of Kalkan.

The Stunning Harbour

If you go on a holiday in Kalkan, it's likely that the harbour is going to be where you spend much of your time it is the centre of life in the resort. The beautiful bay is a delight to look upon and Kalkan is a regular stopping point for spectacular yachts and sailing vessels. The harbour also offers plenty of activities: don't miss out on a gullet cruise to explore the bay and neighbouring islands, or just enjoy a meal on the sea on one of the many floating restaurants in Kalkan's harbour.

It won't be to everyone's tastes, but if you are looking for a relaxing and romantic coastal break on Turkey's coast, it is hard to beat a holiday in Kalkan.

New Visa Applications

On the 6th November, KTLN reported remarks from Turkey's Culture & Tourism Minister, Ömer Çelik, suggesting that the visa stickers issued at border points would no longer be issued from April 2014.

This has now been confirmed. Up to the 9th April 2014, you will be able to buy the old visa sticker at the border checkpoint, but after this date you must  buy your visa online before travelling to Turkey.

Official secure web site

This is the link to the official government secure web site:  www.evisa.gov.tr/en 

Please be aware that there are several websites offering Turkish visas at a higher cost than the official website, and we would strongly recommend that you use only the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to obtain your visa.

See there Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for further information

The visa gives you permission to remain in Turkey for 90 days out of a 180 day period. You can choose the date that you want the visa to start.

E -visa Application Site

Source: KTLN

A tourist visa is a 10 GBP entry visa payable when visiting Turkey. (for UK passport holders)


It would appear there has been a 'quiet' update to the previous 90/180-day visa entry.
 (Previous 90/180 day visa rule: This was calculated on your arrival date to Turkey)  New 90/180 visa rule: This is calculated on your departure date from Turkey

YellAli has received no official correspondence regarding the new rule (as yet) from either the British Consulate or Turkish Consulate. (Please note: This does not mean it has not already been officially enforced) 


However the new rules have already been fully adopted by boarder control points across Turkey, since the 18th of October 2013.

New rules explained

On the surface these new rules appear quite difficult to understand, but in reality they are not so complicated. It is just a case of 'counting backwards' when calculating how many days you have stayed in Turkey.


Tourist visa rule; One can not exceed 90 days in Turkey within the previous 180 days from the date of their departure.

How to calculate the 90/180 day visa?

Important note to remember - Always count backwards from the date you leave Turkey (Your  departure date)

When you depart from Turkey, count back 180 days (it doesn't matter if this includes x2 separate visa periods) - and count how many days spent in turkey during that period. As long as your days spent do not exceed 90 days you will be fine.

Why has this come into effect?


Turkey is keeping inline with current Schengen visa rules, which where also adopted by 25 other European countries.

When was this implemented?

The amended law; No: 5683 was proposed in October 2011 (Official source:  resmi gazete - in Turkish) and adopted on the 18th of October 2013.

Please see the below extract from the Turkish government resmi gazete (Law No: 5683)

Turkish: "süre…vize muafiyet süresi veya vizede belirtilen kalış süresi yeterli ise yabancının Türkiye'den çıktığı gün itibarıyla önceki 180 gün zarfında 90 gün olarak uygulanır".

Translation: "duration is calculated, (if the visa exemption period or visa period is sufficient) as 90 days within the previous 180 days from their date of departure".

Common questions;



What will happen if I overstay 90 days?


Overstaying a visa in Turkey will result in either a fine or ban from entering Turkey for a period of time.

When my 90 days is finished, can I purchase another visa and come back?

No, a tourist visa only allows you 90 full days entry into Turkey out of every 180 full days. Meaning you cannot visit again for another 90 days.

 (This rule was fully enforced on the 31st of January 2012)

Always remember it is a maximum of 90 days in every 180 daysg. The days not used will 'roll over'. (meaning can roll over to a new visa) Think 'what is my intended departure date from Turkey' and start counting back over a 180 day period. If you have spent a total of 90 days then you cannot re-enter for another 90 days. If you haven't reached 90 days, then you can return to Turkey for your remaining days.

When I visit Turkey can I buy another tourist visa even though my existing visa hasn't expired?

Yes, you can purchase multiple visas. But remember this will not entitle you to extra days; this will only carry over from your existing visa date.

What does this all mean?

Generally, this will not affect the average holidaymaker, but for those who frequently travel to Turkey for many months at a time, you will be affected. 
You might consider purchasing a 

Turkish residency permit.

Can I apply for a tourist visa online?

Yes please see: 

evisa.gov.tr

Why hasn't this been publicized?

This appears to have been  'snuck in' under the radar and unfortunately has caught quite a few holidaymakers out who genuinely thought they where within the 90-day period.


Source: http://www.yellali.com


Latest news for Kalkan Old Town

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A new walkway from the old town was completed in 2013 and leads fromt he old town directly to the beach; ideal for guests staying at our old town villas and apartments!

In keeping with the old town setting, traditional stone bricks were used for the  pathway which is bordered by timber fencing, includes bridges, old style street lanterns and seating areas;- there is even a small children's park!

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