Kalkan Travel Guide

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    Kalkan
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    fording the river in the Gorge
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    Pilar tomb and HArpy tomb
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Kalkan Things to Do

  • More views of Kas Turkey

    The following pictures are of around Kas they are here to show anyone planning a visit some views of the town.

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  • THE LYCIAN SARCOPHAGUS OF KAS

    WHEN YOU VISIT THE TOWN OF KAS ,YOU CANNOT FAIL TO SEE THE VERY LARGE LYCIAN SARCOPHAGUS,IT STANDS BETWEEN PICTURESQUE HOUSES IN THE MARKET.I HAVE TAKEN MANY PHOTOS OF IT ,SOME OF WHICH I OFFER FOR YOU NOW.A BRIEF BACKGROUND TO KAS,IT IS BUILT OVER THE ANCIENT CITY OF ANTIPHELLOS DATEING FROM AROUND THE 4TH CENTURY BC,THERE VERY FEW RUINS ABOVE...

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  • Kalamar Beach Club.

    Great for kids and adults alike. Whether it's just sun bathing or getting involved in all the water sports, it has to be the best place in town.Food is excellent and if you can't forget about work, then there's internet access.Free to use canoes and pedalos.Sun beds and shades are 9Ytl for the day.

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  • Water Sports

    Kalkan has lots of watersports, offered near beach clubs. This picture is from Aquasports at the Kalamar Beach Club (in Kalamar Bay). They have ringo, banana, water skiing, jet skiing, pedaloes and canoeing. They also rent out masks and snorkles (2 TL ). A friendly bunch of young lads!

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  • visit Kaputas beach

    Kalkan has a perfectly fine local pebble beach just to the east of the harbour but it’s worth making the effort to take the 10 minute dolmus trip round to Kaputas beach which is a gorgeous unspoilt sandy cove at the foot of a mountain gorge. It’s only 150m long and the only way up and down is via a considerable number of steps. There are no...

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  • "Mud, glorious mud!!" by boat!!!

    We were taken on a day boat trip by Mehmet, on the Mardi Grass, (yes grass!). Wonderful sunshine, calm sea and plenty of factor 25.One of the stops was to a very pebbly beach, which did not seem to bother Mehmet, who ran over them to collect a bucket of grey dirt. This he mixed with water and then let us cover ourselves in it and stand there for 15...

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Kalkan Hotels

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  • Kelebek Hotel

    Every thing about this hotel is very good, i would go back tommorrow ,why it is only a 2* hotel i do...

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  • Kulube Hotel

    The Kulube Hotel was very comfortable, with much of the accommodation in small villas. It had...

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  • Pirat Hotel

    The Hotel Pirat is located right at the bottom of the hill in Kalkan close to the harbour and...

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Kalkan Restaurants

  • THE BEST FOOD IN KALKAN

    THE FOOD HERE IS WONDERFULIT HAS AN AMBIENCE OF WARMTH WITH VIEWS OVER KALKAN,THAT ARE PURE MAGIC,ANY MEAL HERE IS TREAT FOR YOUR TASTE BUDS. THE DISHES THAT STAND OUT FOR ME ARE THE CHICKEN STUFFED WITH APRICOTS,AND THE FISH KEBABS BOTH COOKED TO PERFECTION.THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM ID SAY THEY ARE ALL EXERLENT.

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  • A Simple Cafe Takes A Big Step

    Now, as my first review I should introduce myself. I am from the UK, and I go to Kalkan quite alot. This is the 3rd time I have been, and it is going very well.Now, I should get down to the actual review. Merkez is a small cafe down in the town where you can sit and relax, or enjoy a meal. It is only small, so there is no chairs to sit inside. But...

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  • Sadly overrated by others

    As many other members have commented, this is an ideally positioned terrace restaurant in Kalkan, from which you can see the bay and harbour (trees permitting). The ambiance is all there, the subdued but adequate lighting, the sultans corner etc - no music as there was serious audio competition from adjacent terrace restaurants. The staff are very...

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Kalkan Nightlife

  • A Turkish Night With Live Music

    This is a fun restaurant. It has a live gypsy band (very good) that plays just about every night and the restaurant has low round tables that groups sit around upon comfortable cushions (there are also a few regular tables) and it is decorated in a Turkish style. People often get up to dance to the music, but the real dancing action starts around...

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  • Wonderful night out

    Although so small, it is said that Kalkan has the highest number of restaurants and bars per inhabitant on the Turkish coast. Kalkan is also renowned for its roof-top restaurants which offer a wonderful view of the town and the sea.Matching perfectly the wonderful local music with the tasteful Turkish dishes and finishing with the famous Turkish...

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Kalkan Transportation

  • Bati Antalya buses.

    From the new bus station.Buses to Kas and Antalya leave at 07.25,08.25,09.20 and every 20 past upto 18.20To Fethiye 09.00,09.30,10.30,11.30,12.45,14.00,15.00,16.00,17.00,18.00,19.00 and 21.30Kas cost me 3 Ytl one way.New web page is still under construction.

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  • Dolmus

    As in other places in Turkey the local Dolmus is the most cost effective way to get around. We used them to go to Kas and Patara - but with hindsight we could have used them to visit the site of Xantos and the gorge of Saklikent - easily combined for a great day out. Its worth noting that the main bus station is now at the top of the hill but some...

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  • Kalkan Taxis.

    From the taxi rank near the post office and the bottom roundabout. Prices are some of the most expensive in Turkey, 15 Ytl or $12 for 1.5 km.

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Kalkan Local Customs

  • Turkish Dancing

    If you would like to see some traditional-style Turkish dancing (the kind you would see at a Turkish wedding) stop by Belgin's Kitchen Restaurant in the centre of the Old Town. There is a gypsy band playing lively music just about every night and Turkish families like to come and dance - the real dancing action seems to start around 11:00 or...

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  • Haggling

    You must haggle (barter) with the prices - it's great fun - It's a laugh as well for both parties too!!! Give it a go!!!Halve the price and go from there- oh and nag if you're buying more than one item....this goes for Pakistan too.They know you're from the West and double the price!!!!

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  • Local things

    The road that takes you there is bordered with little houses and shops where you might want to stop and taste delicious Turkish pastries and have a cup of tea. If you get a chance to chat with the owners, ask them about the history of the island. That's the best way to learn....I saw that the boat's guide doesn't know too much about the...

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Kalkan Warnings and Dangers

  • ADDA Tours Travel Agency & Rent a Car

    Please do not use ADDA Tours Travel Agency for your airport transfers!!From the pick-up at Dalaman Airport all eight of us in the back of a 2004 Volkswagen minibus felt pretty unsafe. Travelling at night the Turkish roads are pretty treacherous at a sensible speed - but our driver seemed hell bent on going as fast as he could. Breaking the speed...

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  • Driving Advice

    Hope nobody ever has to use this tip but should you be unfortunate to have a traffic accident in Turkey on no accounts move the car - it must be left in situ, even if blocking the road, so that the local Jandarma can deal with with it. Not to do so risks invalidating your insurance and at the very least you will have to wait for the traffic police...

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  • Beware the Kalkan Taxi Mafia

    The taxi drivers have this year formed a consortium and hiked up charges by at least double. What used to cost 4TRY, now cost 12-15TRY depending on the time of day. I would suggest you read the Kalkan forum on trip adviser for more info. This was my third and final visit to Kalkan, I don’t appreciate being told by a taxi driver to get off the hotel...

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Kalkan Tourist Traps

  • Patara Beach cafe&restaurant

    You don't have many choices for food and drinks at the eastern part of The Patara Beach. So if you don't want to pay for overpriced food and drinks, bring some along. I am writing this regarding the cafe&restaurant at the easthern end of the beach, closeby Kalkan. The one at the west end closeby Letoon and Ozlen Creek was OK.

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  • Beware the Kalkan Taxi Mafia

    The taxi drivers have this year formed a consortium and hiked up charges by at least double. What used to cost 4TRY, now cost 12-15TRY depending on the time of day. I would suggest you read the Kalkan forum on trip adviser for more info. This was my third and final visit to Kalkan, I don’t appreciate being told by a taxi driver to get off the hotel...

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Kalkan What to Pack

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    by ann500 Updated Jul 5, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are coming in the mid-summer, pack clothes for hot weather that are light and breathable. In late spring, early summer, late summer and fall, bring some warmer clothes for the evening for it can be cool. A wrap would be good. If you are visiting in the winter, bring some warmer clothes and a coat or jacket. Check a weather website (like wunderland.com - Dalaman is the closest city available) before you leave on your trip. In the evenings, people tend to dress casually but somewhat smart. It is hilly here, so high heels are difficult (and dangerous) - I've seen quite a few women fall down in them going down one particular street.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tampons are available at the Sevil Supermarket and in pharmacies, and sometimes at the Karton Supermarket. You can buy all your basic toiletries in Kalkan at many places, also mosquito spray. Suntan lotion is expensive here, so it is best to bring your own.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkeling gear can be bought in town (or rented at the Kalamar Beach Club), as well as swimsuits (I don't know about the prices). You can buy beach towels here too.

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Kalkan Off The Beaten Path

  • Plateau of Bezirgan

    Bezirgan is some 17km away from kalkan - up above on a mountain plateau, far removed from the environment of the fishing village. Its an authentic working Turkish village - residents continue to follow the pattern of their ancestors, spending summers in the coolness of the mountains and winters near the warm coast. The village is nestled on an...

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  • Swimming in Kaputas

    Actually Kaputas beach it is not an "off the beaten path" place anymore, because the ones that passed on this side before returned many times.Still I'd like to think of it as an "off the beaten path" place because, as it opens on the road, it really gives you the impression that you are the first that discovered this heavenly place.And even if you...

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  • Arykanda

    These are amazing ancient ruins on the mountainside above the village of Arif, 30 km north of Finike. There were very few people there, but there was a very helpful and knowledgeable guide. There is a lot of climbing involved in seeing the whole site!

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Kalkan Sports & Outdoors

  • Patara Diving School.

    Kemal was a great host and the sea just by the hotel is great for starting to learn as there are hundreds of fish,who usually choose to follow you.Below are some pictures from this year. Patara Diving School.All equipment supplied,CMAS courses,discovery dives(excellent for children age 10 or above).

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  • Dolphin Scuba Team

    Biggest dive boat in Kalkan and really well run by one of the first people i ever dived with. e-mail,dolphinscuba@superonline.com

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  • Kalkan dive centre

    Dived on the old wreck of the Duchess of York,blown to bits but the ribs are still there with groupers hiding under the plating.There is another wreck near to it,according to Turkish sources the Sakarya,which is bigger and in 3 known pieces.Then pick one of the islands or reefs to dive. For more info on these wreck check out:-Duchess of...

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Kalkan Favorites

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  • Kaputas Beach

    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...

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  • Palm Beach Club

    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...

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  • Patara Ruins

    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...

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