About Kalkan

All about Kalkan, Turkey

KalkanWelcome to Kalkan, a small seaside town and popular holiday destination on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

Displaying a beautiful picture postcard scene, visitors are enticed with the view of whitewashed houses, covered with pink bougainvillea, scattered over a small and sloping hillside.

The cobbled streets lead down to the crystal blue sea and marina that regularly hosts boats and yachts from all over the world.

Visitors have a variety of amenities and facilities at hand including art galleries, restaurants, bars, boutique shops, and surrounding historical sites.

For the adventurous, the resort offers exciting activities such as canoeing, Jeep safaris and scuba diving, otherwise there is the simple options of lounging about all day on boats.

 

All About Kalkan: Fun Facts

  • It receives approximately 270 days of sunshine a year
  • It is on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey in the southwest region
  • It belongs to the province of Antalya
  • In 2007, the British Independent newspaper listed it as a top tourist destination
  • The area is extremely popular with tourists from the United Kingdom
  • Its population is approximately 72,000,000
  • The resort is a stopping point on the Turkish Riviera, which covers most of the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey.
  • It is also part of the Lycian way, a 516 kilometre marked and official walking trek encompassing ancient ruins from the Lycian era.

Transfer times from Airport

  • From Dalaman airport : Approximately 2 hours
  • From Antalya airport : Approximately 3.5 hours

Find out more about our private and shuttle transfers

How to Get Here

Hiring a car is a great way to get here from Dalaman airport. It is an easy drive and Kalkan can be reached by first heading onto the D555  road for approximately 20 minutes. From there, turn onto the main coastal road called the D400. After roughly one and a half hours, you will see signage directing you to the resort.  Find out more about our daily and weekly car hire rates.

Kalkan also has a bus station (otogar). They have connecting buses to Fethiye town, which in turn has regular buses to all other destinations within Turkey.

History

All about Kalkan, TurkeyHistorians know Kalkan was encompassed within the Lycian empire, a skilled and forward thinking group of people that dominated the coastline until 500 B.C.

Unfortunately, around that period of time, rife piracy forced many people to leave the coastline and settle inland.

Under the rule of the Roman Empire, piracy eventually became out-dated, and people came back but Kalkan remained a small fishing village until around 200 years ago, when locals were mainly Greek descendants.

It became a major trading seaport, during the 19th century, when it increased trade in olive, silk and charcoal to the surrounding areas and other countries. In 1923, Turkey and Greece agreed on a population exchange, following a treaty at the end of the Turkish war of Independence.

Most Greeks living in the village migrated to the nearest island of Meis( Castellorizon) or back to the mainland of Greece and more specifically Athens. Today the Greek ancestry can be seen in old buildings and houses scattered throughout the old town.

Their wooden balconies look over the cobbled streets below and the typical pink bougainvillea flowers spread down the wooden rafters of windows. In the last 15 years, Kalkan has become a popular holiday destination and home to a large ex-pat community. You will certainly feel at home here.

Further Reading

Kalkan is a great place for a holiday, whether you are a family, groups of friends, couple or solo traveler.  See our wide range of accommodation to rent including villas and apartments.

Contact us to help organise your holiday in Kalkan. We can assist with accommodation, airport transfers, daily tours and car hire. Tell us what you are looking for and let us do the rest. More

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