Discover Kalkan

Kalkan is an old Turkish village, which welcomes the discerning tourist with unsurpassed warmth and hospitality

The Village.

Originally a Greek fishing village, Kalkan nestles beneath the beautiful Taurus Mountains. Cobbled streets wind down to the picturesque harbour from where boats set out daily across the turquoise waters to explore the bays and beaches of this dramatic coastline.  For those who enjoy browsing the shops, you will find a myriad of diverse shops tucked away in the narrow village streets. Take home a bargain in gold or silver, a Turkish rug or a brass pot or just enjoy a glass of tea and a chat with the shopkeepers – there’s no hassle in Kalkan.


Kalkan has a small pebbled beach and good swimming. A short drive along the coast you will find the sandy Kaputas beach which is stunning. Or 20 minutes drive by car or local bus will take you to Patara with 18km of sand and sand hills. Perfect for sunbathing, swimming and horse riding but do not leave without a visit to the 3000 year old ruins of Patara city.


Tranquil by day, this old town comes alive at dusk as the rooftop restaurants offer a fabulous array of culinary delights with superb views of the stars and moonlight on the sea. Shop till midnight, or stop by for a drink at one of the bars where Jazz, Blues or traditional Turkish music fills the air.

Ancient Ruins.

Set in the heart of Lycia, Kalkan is well placed for visiting ancient ruins set in wonderful surroundings. Xanthos, Letoon & Patara are all close but a bit further afield are Arycanda and Pinara – both set high in the mountains and well worth a visit.

Boat Trips.

Kalkan harbour offers many boat trips for a range of experiences and budgets. Kick back and enjoy the gentle rocking of the boat whilst enjoying some traditional Turkish cuisine. Enjoy a dip in the sea at one of the many secluded bays around the coast or even rejuvenate with a mud bath along the way.

Click here to visit the Muddy Boat Kalkan Facebook Page

Day Trips & Activities.

Kalkan offers many other activities which are easily accessible; Gorge-walking at Saklikent, canoeing down the Xanthos River, a Jeep Safari through the Taurus Mountains or sea Kayaking to explore the sunken city of Kekova.

The clear blue waters around Kalkan and Kas offer superb scuba diving, with many dive sites with 20/30mins from Kalkan harbour suitable for both experienced and novice divers alike.

Day trips can easily be arranged from one of the tour operators in the village.