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Kalkan is a picturesque small town centred around a historic harbour and it is situated on the coast of the Mediterranean in the south western part of Turkey. The harbour lies in a sheltered position at the foot of the Taurus Mountains and Kalkan overlooks a pretty bay with clear blue seas in which there are islands appearing jewel-like in the shimmering sun soaked distance. Whitewashed villas with their shuttered windows line tiny streets as they twist their way to the sea and bougainvillea garlands the old Ottoman timber balconies.
The airport you will fly to for your holiday in Kalkan is Dalaman International Airport which is some four or five hours from the UK depending on which airport you make your departure from. Many airlines operate flights from the UK to Turkey including easyJet, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines.
Please ensure that you have an up to date passport which is valid for at least three months before you travel to Turkey as the authorities here are strict on this point for UK visitors to Turkey. Transfer to Kalkan takes approximately one hour and is quite straight forward as there are lots of taxis and coaches for hire outside Dalaman Airport.
Unlike lots of other Turkish resorts, Kalkan's main economy is derived from tourism and this is why the locals take great pride in the historic preservation of their town which was originally an Ottoman Greek and Turkish fishing village. The local authorities follow extremely strict building codes ensuring new architecture blends with the old part of the town.
There are many fine restaurants as fine dining is a way of life in Kalkan and the variety of dishes is mouthwatering. Several restaurants and bars have roof terraces where wonderful views of the sea and town accompany the equally wonderful food and drink. There are watersports available along with Gullet Tours and a dive centre and although the town is fun at night there are no noisy discos or wild night clubs so partygoers will need to hop on a dolmus and head for the buzzing resorts of Hisaronu or Fethiye.
Getting to the local areas of interest is relatively easy in Turkey as the dolmus mini buses offer a good service to lots of different locations and taxi drivers are open to negotiation concerning fares to destinations further afield.
Kalkan is ideally situated for you to reach the nearby historical Kaunos Theatre and Lycian Tombs at Dalyan. These tombs are thousands of years old and stand in the mountainside overlooking the river at Dalyan. Fethiye is home to the ruins of an amphitheatre and not far from here at Calis Beach there is an entertaining waterpark. Patara old village and the magnificent Patara Beach are also worthy of a visit as this is where the endangered Loggerhead Turtles come to lay their eggs.
Olu Deniz with its beautiful Blue Lagoon and long beach are also very easy to get to from Kalkan. Much further afield in another area of Turkey you will find the outstanding and remarkably well preserved ruin of Ephesus which illustrates how life was in the days of ancient Rome.
There are several specialist shops in Kalkan including an art gallery and every Thursday there is a weekly market where you can obtain several bargains. Haggling is an expected part of the shopping experience in Turkey and it can be quite entertaining but although the shopkeepers and market stall holders do not expect to receive their original asking prices they do expect a fair price for their wares and they are quite happy to haggle with buyers for some considerable time to achieve an end result which is satisfactory for all.
Shopaholics will enjoy a dolmus ride to either Hisaronu or Fethiye where there are masses of leather goods shops, souvenir shops, designer wear boutiques and jewellery outlets. Gold in Turkey is sold by the weight and apart from being very unusually designed, is very good value.
Shoppers are really made welcome here and quite often you are offered apple tea or Turkish coffee whilst you have a look at the merchandise. Turkey is also a major supplier of spices and the aromas from the spice market or shops is absolutely wonderful and as with everything else in Turkey, the prices are very reasonable. Fethiye also hosts a large weekly market which is a most entertaining experience to visit.
Kalkan retains its old world charm and one of the reasons it is so special is the local people who really care about and are proud of their village and who extend a most warm welcome to tourists, many of whom return time and time again to take advantage of all that Kalkan offers.