There are many activities for those who want to explore the beautiful area around Kalkan. Tours run from Kalkan every day or you can hire your own car. The nearby towns of Fethiye, and Kas make good day trips and are easy to reach by bus or dolmus. There are so many historical and cultural sites, these are just some of our suggestions.
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The longest and most magnificent beach in Turkey. The Daily Telegraph says it is ‘one of the longest and best in the entire Mediterranean’ -18km of fine white sand and even in high season you can find deserted stretches! It is been used in films as a desert scene background as it has unbelievable sand dunes as well. This beach is famous for the yearly return of caretta turtles who lay their eggs in the sand so it’s a protected area and at sunset the beach closes. It is only 10 minutes away from Kalkan by dolmus or minibus which run every half an hour and costs a couple of pounds. As Patara is not developed there is only place to eat. The big beach hut does a great tuna salad and serves drinks. Patara is not just about the beach; it was one of the 6 principle town of Lycia so on your way to the beach you will walk through the ancient ruins dominated by the dilapidated 5000-seat theatre . Next door is the bouleuterion, ancient Patara's 'parliament' where it is believed members of the Lycian League met. Nearby there are tombs and roman baths.
Did you know St Nicolas or Father Christmas originates from here?
This is definitely a “Must See” location when you are holidaying in or around Kalkan. On the breathtaking road between Kalkan and Kas, the beach at Kaputas is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. There are two options to get there to enjoy the clear turquoise sea. It's 10 minutes by car however, especially in high season it can be difficult to park, alternatively either taxi or the local dolmus can drop you there. Beware, you have to go down 187 steps which means you have to go back up all those stairs. There are no facilities on the beach so take water and a parasol if you're planning to stay a while. The second option is easier and more fun; arrange a boat trip and swim from the boat to the beach.
If you want to escape from the heat, head for Islamlar, you will find the trout farms. You can dine open air very cheaply and overlook the mountain valley with a spectacular view to the sea, while enjoying your excellent meal of meze; olives, cheese, aubergine, rocket salad and the best home cooked chips, just like my nan used to make and of course fresh trout. There probably won’t be a menu but you can guarantee that what you eat will be very fresh and locally produced. It might be worth taking a phrase book as not everyone speaks much English but that’s all part of the charm.
Before I tell you all about it just a warning – if you are in or around Kalkan, there is no way to get lost, but be aware that there is another location in Antalya called “Saklikent” – don’t end up in there. It is the mountain where Turks go skiing!
Let’s get back to Kalkan Saklikent…it is around 30 minutes drive from Kalkan and is a 17km canyon, the longest in Turkey. Did you know that it was caused by an earthquake that happened 200,000 years ago? You have to do the walk in this huge canyon which is quite safe, but please make sure you get one of the experienced guides (who are local and know every inch of the place). It will only cost you £15-£20 or whatever you think it is fair as a tip. After the walk you will be so hungry and ready to taste lovely “Gozleme” – (traditional Turkish pastry filled with cheese or meat) or whatever you like in one of the floating restaurants on the river.
You if fancy leaving Turkish soil for the day why not venture to the Greek island of Meis or Kastellorizo as the Greeks call it. You will need to be in Kas by 10am but its only short crossing. On this island of about 400 inhabitants, the attractions worth visiting are churches, museums, a fortress, and most particularly, a blue cave. The second largest cave of Europe, The Blue Grotto is located right at the far side of the island. Alternatively you can spend the day wondering around the cobbled streets, visit the few shops or even swim but make sure you spare time for lunch in the lovely harbour. Don’t forget your passport.