Some 15mins away in the opposite direction to Patatra is Kaputas - probably the most photographed beach in Turkey. I anticipated going here but as we passed it on our way to Kas it looked much smaller than I expected, there was no shade from the heat and absolutely no facilities not to mention the 100 + steps up and down to the beach from the busy highway. Ok a fabulous beach but not for me a blondie frying in the heat here so just settled for a view from the roadside.
Some boat trips will anchor off here and let people swim to the shore - heard that strong curents make it difficult to get back to the boat though.
We only got around to one beach club and the one we chose was Palm Beach Club. Reached by a free taxi boat (5 min journey) to the left hand side of the bay of Kalkan is this relaxing spot of paradise. We saw pictures of it at the harbour and the decking and cosy Turkish corner seating areas on the grass looked a bit more inviting and varied than just concrete. It was great choice, not overcrowded, steps into the sea as opposed to steep ladders, a small pebbly beach if you wanted shallower water for snorkelling, excellent service and really good facilities and food at the restaurant on the upper level. Just one note the water was a bit cooler here due to natural springs - one minuting swimming in warm water , the next a cold bit! Cost wise for beds and food for lunch it was about the same as getting a dolmus out to Patara beach and spending the day there. Lovely to have the variety.
Fondest memory: A really relaxing day spent here on the sunbeds, reading our books, overlooking the sea and a great view back to Kalkan. Just a great chill out day
The ruins behind the beach of Patara are still undergoing excavation and more things are being discovered - like the recent discovery of the lighthouse. The site which can be explored now is much more extensive than our previous visit here which we only briefly passed on our way to th beach. Now its worth spend a good hour or so exploring the temples and stadium before relaxing on the beach. Take some water with you as it involves quite a bit of walking - wish we could have got an earlier dolmus as it was already hot by mid morning. Start at the triumphal arch - just past the toll area - and work your way towards the beach via the ruins on the way.
Fondest memory: Parts of the site reminded me of Ephesus - especially the area of the paved road - could just imaginre the apostle Paul walking down here when he stopped at patara on one of his missionary journeys. Its worthwhile checking out this page to get an idea of the area and what can be see. Many fragments are laid out in the fields just waiting to be categorised and sorted.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
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.
Favorite thing: Just offshore from Kalkan are two small island in the bay - Snake and Mouse Island - the boat trips tend to sail around or near these islands. We sailed up to Snake island and were fascinated with the way goats clung to the rock face here, gradually picking their way along the sheer cliff face - how they didn't slip I'll never know.
Favorite thing: OK so Kalkan may not have the best beach in the town itself but there are also various beach clubs that can be visited - many have free taxi transfers to and from. Most are of the concrete platform type with ladders allowing easy access in to the sea plus the on-site facilities of showers and restaurant are excellent. OK probably cost a bit more to hire the sunbeds here but well worth while for a lazy day. Just beyond the harbour wall is the IBO beach club - within walking distance of the town and a bit further on was the Yali club. Popular too are the Kalamar beach club - around the neighbouring bay and the Kalkan beach club - although we didn't get to these clubs. See next tip for our choice of beach club.
Favorite thing: Kalkan does have its own beach, albeit small and mainly shingle - to be honest it was better than I expected and intended to spend a day here but never made it with all the other activites. Didn't seem to get overcrowded, plenty of eateries nearby and a good place to watch the boats come and go from the nearby harbour. The beach tends to shelve a bit steepishly into the sea so you are not walking on the shingle for long. The water was lovely and warm at the end of Sept/early Oct.
Favorite thing: Kalkan, once a smalll fishing resort is now a sophisticated Turkish resort with fantastic restaurants with views over the bay, wonderfully friendly locals, and excellent trips making it a good base to explore the turquoise coast of Turkey as this part is known and also inland of the Lycian region with its many archaeological sites just waiting to be explored. Bear in mind there are some steep hills so not suited for the less mobile. I can't say it was the prettiest place I've been to in Turkey - I think ongoing development around the bay will gradually spoil this much loved resort - its popular with Brits buying properties here - but the sheer number and variety of restaurants in Kalkan with the views over the harbour is a big plus factor.
Favorite thing: By exploring the little streets off the road leading down to the harbour you can still see evidence of old Kalkan with its balconied houses - typical of the old Ottoman empire.
Situated at the top of the town by the bank and minibus,bus and taxi stops.
Open 08.00-24.00 so no excuse to send those post cards.