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.
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.