If you want pale sand and lots of it (some 18km long) then head for Patara Beach - a 20 minute dolmus ride away. - cost 10 NTL return journey. There is an entrance fee to the ruins of Patara and the beach (2NTL in 2007) as a protected site but its well worth it - its probably the best beach in all of Turkey. The only negative is that there are no mattresses on the sunbeds - gets a bit hard on the back after a day!
There is one beach taverna, (built in keeping with the style) serving the usual drinks and snacks - nothing special but adequate.
Map of dive sites.
1 Kusmuk (Seasick) wall
2 Snake island reef
3 Mouse island
4 Middle reef/Mouse island
5 Yesilkoy bay
6 Camel Stones
7 Small reef
8 Furnaz Bay
9 Kalamar/Kalkan Dive Centre
10 Yali Slope
11 Patara Prince Hotel reef/Dive centre.
12 Frenks bay/wall
13 Frenks wall
14 Frenks reef
15 Medallion reef/wall
16 Sakarya reef
a Duchess of York wreck
b Sakarya wreck
17 Blue cave 30-42m
18 Saribelen reef
19 Panorama reef
20 Heybeliada reef
21 Stingray reef
22 Kaptanoglu/Captains son
23 Oksuz island
24 Oksuz reef
Different dive clubs call sites other names but locations are true as far as i can ascertain.
Wonderful place to watch the world go by
JUST SPENT A SHORT BREAK IN KALKAN AND VISITED THIS RESTAURANT 3 TIMES. LOVELY FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND THE FOOD IS GREAT.
WE PAID OUR FIRST VISIT TO DELI DELI TOMATO ON THEIR OPENING DAY AND THE PLACE WAS SPOTLESS AND MODERN. THE VIEWS ARE WONDERFUL AND IT IS A GREAT LOCATION TO SIT AND PEOPLE WATCH AS THE WORLD PASSES YOU BY THERE. THE HOME MADE CAKES ARE SUPER, AND THE TRADITIONAL TURKISH DISHES ARE SOME OF THE BEST WE HAVE HAD ESPECIALLY THE ICLI KOFTA - MINCED MEAT, SPICES AND WALNUTS WRAPPED IN A BULGAR SHELL.
We had coffee here several times during our stay and it was great. The coffee shop itself is quite interesting as the chairs are old and squashy and full of character and there were lots of old knick-knacks on display, and also magazines to read and free internet access.
The coffee itself was excellent, and we had cake as well one day. I had carrot cake and my husband had apple pie. Both were very good. Another time we stopped for lunch and had delicious home made lemonade and borek with salad. The borek was prawns and mushrooms (and other things) wrapped in filo type pastry.
It was just a great place to enjoy a really good cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
Award-winning Patara Beach
Patara Beach is a stunning place, not far from Kalkan. It is part of a national park, is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta). The beach stretches for 12 kilometers, bordered on its ends by mountains and along its length by sand dunes. It was voted as one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online, Best of 2005 and is known as the "widest beach of the northern Mediterranean". Only about a 15 minute stroll away are the extensive ancient ruins of the Lycian city of Patara.
The beach never gets crowded and if you want solitude that is easy to find by walking a bit down the beach. There is just one small restaurant near the end of the path to the beach, it also rents out sunbeds and umbrellas.
It is easy to get to Patara from Kalkan, even if you don't have a car. It's just a short ride (20 min.?) away on a dolmus (shared minibus, inexpensive) and they leave often. The entrance fee this year (2006) is 2 TL (about 1.50 USD, .85 GBP, 1.23 Euros). That gives you entrance for the day (as opposed to last year's more expensive week-long ticket) and gives you access to both the beach and ancient ruins.
The beach is closed after sunset so that the sea turtles can nest in peace.
You can see more photos and lots of info at my website listed below.