Our Kalkan Beach Guide
The best beaches in and around Kalkan
To the left of and at the entrance to Kalkan harbour, sits Kalkan's white pebble beach which is hugely popular with vistors and locals. The water is incredibly clear and often calm, making it very good for snorkelling and swimming. Toilet and changing facilities are available just behind the beach, and sunbeds/umbrellas can be hired at a very reasonable rate. It is worth noting that the beach has a blue flag award for cleanliness too. There are harbour front restaurants, shops and cafes all within 2 minutes walk of the beach. Kalkan beach also enjoys late evening sun, and is a lovely place to watch the yachts and gulets returning back to harbour in the early evening. This beach is just around a 3 minute walk from our Kalkan Old Town accommodation.
Patara beach is approximately a 20 minute drive from Kalkan and makes for a great day out. Part of a national park, Patara beach is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and is the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta). Luckily the beach has been declared off-limits for development because of the turtles. They are nearing extinction and protection of their nesting sites on the Turkish coast is very important. The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs as it is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey.
There is a small entrance fee to get into the ancient site of Patara and its beach (24TL per person as of 2019). Or if you are planning on making a few trips to the beach then it may be worth purhcasing a Beach Card (Plaj Kart) at the entry point, by the barrier, which is run by the government TURSAB agency. There are two Plaj Karts to choose from; one which will gain you 25 entries and one which will gain you 10 entries. The card will be activated at your first entry. Both Beachcards are valid for 10 days and only give you permission to access Patara beach.
As you drive up towards the beach car park you will find the ancient ruins of Patara on your right. As part of the ruins you will find the old parliament of Patara, which is where the Lycian League were believed to have once met, along with the remains of the grand ampitheatre. You can make a stop and wander right through ruins before carrying on to enjoy your time at the beach. Or alternatively you can park up at the beach and walk back down to see the ruins (approximately a 15 minute walk).
Even in the height of summer the beach is never crowded. The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful. There is a café/restaurant at the end of the boardwalk that sells food and drink, and also hires out sunbeds and parasols. As you walk from the car park to the beach you will find just a couple of stalls where you can buy souvenirs and keepsakes.
On the road between Kalkan and Kas, there is a long flight of steps (almost 200!) which leads onto Kaputas beach, which is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. The local Belideye have improved facilities at the beach since 2017, with the provision of toilets, changing rooms, and a small café selling drinks and snacks. Some limited refreshments can also be bought from enterprising locals. As per 2019 prices, two sunloungers and an umbrella can be purhcased for 35TL. It is a popular beach with locals and visitors, and can get very busy over the Summer months. The beach is often visited by Gulet's and yachts for it's Turquoise waters and good swimming too. On a windy day the waves can get quite strong. There are dolmuses (minibuses) between Kalkan and Kas which stop off at Kaputas. Alternatively, you can make the drive yourself or use a taxi. It is approximately a 10 minute journey from Kalkan. The beach does not have a car park and so instead you will find free parking along the side of the road - however please note that this gets busy quickly!