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Kalkan holidays 2020
Laid-back, sophisticated, and authentically Turkish, quaint Kalkan might just be one of Antalya’s best kept secrets. Why not enjoy a cheap holiday in this charming seaside town on the Mediterranean coast? its spread around a gorgeous bay, and embodies all the best of Turkey without the hustle and bustle of the busiest holiday resorts. Sunseekers can soak up the sun at Patara Beach or Kalamar Bay, adventurers can go exploring through the ancient ruins at Xanthos, soak in the hot springs at Pamukkale, and kids can run wild in the Tlos Yaka Forest Park. And if all that's not enough, Kalkan is handily located right next to Kas, another small-scale resort where you’ll find even more beaches, bars, and restaurants.
Kalkan at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Chill out on Kalkan's main pebbly beach which has been awarded Blue Flag status
Sample the local food
Enjoy a taste of Turkey by visiting one of Kalkan's authentic restaurants
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Have a night out in one of the resort's cool chic bars
Must-visit historical sites
Visit the ancient village of Patara and discover the Lycian ruins which are 2,000 years old!
Explore the local markets
Wander the shops which are open until late at night and beautifully lit up
Rest & relaxation
Kalkan is a top spot to chill and enjoy yourself, it's the Turkish Rivera after all!
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Things to do in Kalkan
Kalkan's gorgeous setting overlooking a beautiful bay, its stunning beaches and charming historic quarter are the biggest draws. You can sprawl on the beach, have a stroll through the ancient streets admiring the boutiques, enjoy an elegant dinner on a rooftop restaurant, and linger over coctails in a sophisticated beach bar. It's also close to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site of Xanthos, capital of the ancient Lycian civilisation, the ancient rock tombs of Tlos, and the enchanting sunken city of Simena. If you’re feeling brave, you can try out river-rafting at Saklikent Gorge, or take a jeep safari experience through the rugged hills.
Holidays to Antalya are all about the beach, and you’ll have plenty to choose from in Kalkan. This seaside town has everything from secluded bays to family-friendly beaches. Picturesque Kaputas Beach is perhaps the most popular, and it’s easy to see why. It’s set between the resorts of Kalkan and Kas, with a stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters, ideal whether you’re planning on swimming, sunbathing, or having fun with the kids. The larger Patara Beach is with favourite of locals and tourists alike, set right on the coast of the Turkish Riviera, and close to the ancient Lycian ruins. Relax on the Blue-Flag, white-pebble Kalkan Beach, or venture around the coast to Kalamar Bay. Kalkan is also a popular spot for scuba diving, thanks to the colourful reefs and marine life.
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