The Kalkan area: what to do and see

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The charming village of Kalkan has steep narrow lanes climbing down the harbour.†

On the way down to the harbour, you will pass a variety of shops and restaurants.† With so many restaurants to choose from, you canít go far wrong.† One of our favourites is Belginís Kitchenónear the small amphitheatre in the middle of town.

There are many beaches within reach of Kalkan.† Nearby Patara beach ranks as one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean.† Another fine beach, about 6k towards Kas is Kaputas beach, across from Kaputas Gorge.

There are many sights of natural beauty.† Saklikent Gorge is spectacular, as is the famous Olu Deniz beach.† You can take an all day boat tour from Kas or from Ucagiz, going around the bays and islands to see Kekova and Semena and the sunken Lycian remains just under the water.

There are also†all day boat tours from Kalkan which take you to the nearby Snake island and Mouse island for a whole day of swimming and relaxing.

Kalkan is part of ancient Lycia.† There are many remains of Ancient Lycia scattered around this part of Turkey.† Tlos, Pinara, Zanthos, Sdyma and Letoon are but a few of the Lycean sites.

It is also worth a trip inland to the villages of Bezirgan and Islamlar.† If you arrive at Islamlar for lunch, try one of the trout farm restaurants.† Our favourite so far is Degirmen.

Links to places to visit

 Kalkan village Ancient Lycia
Lycian sights
Kaputas Beach
Kaputas Beach


For car hire, we use Define Rent a Car. They can also arrange airport transfers from Dalaman airport. Contact Mr. Umit Cetin at or see If you donít need or want a car, our managing agents, Kalkan Property Services (KPS) can arrange transfer to and from Dalaman airport.

On arrival, British citizens, and citizens of most countries, obtain a visa (or here) at the airport.

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