Originally a quiet fishing village, foreigners seeking a peaceful Mediterranean lifestyle put Kalkan, Turkey, on the tourist map in the 1980s. The town now relies on tourism as central to its economy, but it still exudes a laid-back, peaceful and comfortable atmosphere.
When to Go
As Kalkan has become a holiday destination for many Europeans, summer is undoubtedly the high season. Go in the spring or fall to experience Kalkan as more of a sleepy fishing town than a tourist resort. Mediterranean winters can be wet and cold; Kalkan's tourist industry pretty much shuts down during the winter months.
Kalkan is an excellent place for snorkeling, scuba diving or boating in the Mediterranean. Nearby, you can tube or canoe on the river. Enjoy a Turkish bath or spend an afternoon admiring the city's Ottoman Greek architecture.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars on offer, although Kalkan is not a party destination. Hotels often offer weekly "Turkish nights" featuring local food, live music and folk dancing. Shopping in the colorful Turkish bazaar or walking along the beach also are popular nighttime activities.
Kalkan, located at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, serves as a jumping-off point for a number of hikes and excursions. Hike the Saklikent Gorge, the longest canyon in Turkey, or meander through ancient Lycian sites. Trek to Green Lake, high in the Taurus Mountains, try paragliding, or visit a traditional trout farm.
During high season in Turkey, you should have no problem finding minibuses to Kalkan from Fethiye, Kas or Patara.
Article Written By Heather Carreiro
Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.