The quaint, unspoilt resort of Kalkan is one of the jewels of Turkey’s “Turquoise Coast”, set around a glittering blue bay, white-washed houses spreading up the hillside from a traditional fishing harbour. Many of the bars and restaurants offer rooftop terraces. A holiday in Kalkan is all about relaxed fun in the sun, without themore
Excellent Kalkan - M Stewart. Date of travel: Aug 2008
Excellent Kalkan
Just returned from a second trip in two years and would recommend Kalkan as a very friendly and civilised destination that still has a nice level of hustle and bustle about it, but avoids the rowdiness of other popular destinations abroad. Kalkan is equally as appealing to adults and children. The accommodation is mainly villas/apartments or small hotels so simply doesn't cater for the types of people that you'd normally try to avoid. The beach clubs offer great places to relax by the sea, and make up for the lack of a large beach in Kalkan itself. Most are free of charge to enter and provide a free boat from the harbour across Kalkan bay. It's quite easy to get to nearby Patara beach by bus or taxi which is stunning. Kalkan also offers a myriad of day trips on local boats to the local bays and small islands. You can swim in crystal blue and warm water, sunbathe, eat fantastic Turkish food and even help the crew catch fresh fish for lunch (really popular with the children). They also usually have a few inflatables on board for adults and children. There's a fantastic variety of dining, which really attracted me to the resort - with the harbourside restaurants and rooftop terraces, having spectacular views of the harbour and bay and all trying to out do each other with creative menus. Not an egg-and-chips or bacon-buttie in sight, woo hoo! The shops are also quite varied, with good amount of clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, bags and stuff. Pleasant harbourside and town centre bars and a couple of livelier bars if you still have the energy after a day in the sun and fabulous food. The only downside I'd say are the some of the more invisible costs. A taxi ride for 3 minutes, although friendly, will cost you about £5. I supposed I'd be friendly too if I was getting that sort of money for 5 minutes work. Also be prepared for the exorbitant prices of food and drink at Dalaman airport on your way home. For a family of four you'll need about 125 Turkish lira (GBP £50) to have a couple of drinks and a packet of crisps each. Cynically they have a cash machine next to the food outlets, can't think why. It was cheaper to buy chocolate from duty free and eat that instead. So we did, yum! ;o) Next time I'll take something along. They didn't check anyone taking food and drink in with them (probably will now if they ready this). In summary, Kalkan is fabulous; but be prepared to have your cash practically robbed from you at Dalaman Airport.
Paradise - Miles and Joan Bette-Davenport. Date of travel: May 2006
This wonderful little hideaway from big city life kept us so entertained with its charming people, great hotels and food and absolutely stunning scenery. Kalkan was everything and more we wanted from out our Turkish holiday - want to go back as soon as we can!!
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