The roads of Kalkan lead down the hill to the small harbour - here you'll find several boats offering a days boat trip around the bay and islands with swim stops and lunch included. - just look at the boats and notice boards along the quai - most follow a similar route. You can also walk along the harbour wall to the lighthouse and enjoy the views looking back over Kalkan. We enjoyed a boat trip with Captain George - it was a bit windy at sea - last Saturday in September so we didn't actually sail too far but it was a lazy way to spend the day and escape the heat of the village ashore.
Kalkan Dive Centre
Kalkan is a super place for scuba diving because of the very clear waters that give great visibilty. And because the sea is calm and tide-free, it is a great place for beginners to learn how to dive. The Kalkan Dive Centre gives clients specialized service and introductory and certification courses. Also, deep diving, night diving, wreck diving and underwater navigation. I went for an introductory dive with this company and they were very good, explained things well, and my husband dives with them often. They have free introductory lessons.
Turkuaz restaurant: indeed heavenly
We're just back from a lovely holiday in Kalkan and I'm going to follow the other tip in this site: Turkuaz was our favourite!
A lot of restaurants in Kalkan serve all kinds of food nowadays, but this restaurant sticks to what the Turks are good at: proper Turkish dishes. Prices were good, cheaper than a lot of others and the view was indeed stunning. It won't be a waste to vistit it both for dinner and lunch, as the views are totally different, but both great. You'll experience the famous Turkish hospitality in this restaurant, more than in some of the up-market chic restaurants that Kalkan has.
You won't regret a visit to Turkuaz (Turkuaz means Turquoise in Turkish and refers to the beautiful colour of the sea in this area, you'll understand this when you sit on the roof terrace during the afternoon!) The kebabs are of course delicious, but they've got very good fish as well. Can't tell what exactly is my favourite I'm afraid... Very tasteful and spicy!
Ilyada and the great fixed dinner menu
On the way back from the beach we noticed the "fixed menu 22 YTL" sign in front of The seaside Ilyada Restaurant. We would like to have a special dinner to celebrate an anniversary so we walked around the town to check at other places and to be sure that there is no better alternative within our affordability range. Finally, we ended up at Ilyada because it was offering the cheapest fine dining atmosphere. The fixed menu (22YTL, 17US Dollar, 12,5Euro per person) included the following:
* Starter platter with "mezes"
* Fish (sea bass or seabream)
* Dessert / Turkish coffee
We also ordered fried calamaris and a bottle of wine. Both had good quality at a reasonable price.
The staff was very attentive, the food tasted great and looked fancy on different shapes of plates but round.
PS: Saying that it was a fine dining place I should mention that the staff was animal friendly and didn't chase away the cats and a beloved local dog. So if you believe fine dining and stray animals are incompatible, my advice would be misleading for you. I liked fried calamaris but this tells nothing as I would have probably enjoyed them also elsewhere.
Not really much unless you look for the old store houses and tombs spread about all down the valley.Used to be a very busy port,with many store houses.Now called Cayagzi this is probably a better place for a swim just after St.Nicholas' church and Myra,with its 1km sandy beach.