Discover Turkey and authentic Kalkan coastline
Sophisticated resorts providing an authentic experience, in the midst of history and stunning nature. Kalkan, which has a unique ambience, is one of the most lovely coastal areas in Turkey.
Kas is a relaxed and lovely harbour town. It is a favourite destination for those seeking a taste of adventure, as it is a big centre for scuba diving and also offers activities such as trekking, canoeing, canyoning and horse riding. Wooden Ottoman houses, their balconies bright with bougainvillea, overhang the narrow streets, home to shops, bars and restaurants. As you wander, you may come across the ancient sarcophagus, which is a remnant of the ancient city of Antiphellos, whose well preserved theatre has also survived to the present day.
Kalkan is one of the most sophisticated resorts of Turkey, with its unique ambience. In recent years, Kalkan has become a spot for upmarket couples seeking a taste of authentic Turkey. It is a pretty village of stone houses set on a hillside around the attractive harbour. Narrow streets lead down to the seafront, packed with shops, sophisticated bars and restaurants, mostly serving traditional Turkish food, with some excellent seafood and fish restaurants on the harbour.
Patara has the honour of being the longest beach in Turkey, 22 km of beautiful white sand, backed by dunes and mimosa bushes. The beach is a nesting place for the rare Caretta Caretta turtles and access is not permitted after dark.
Patara was once the most important harbour in Lycia, famous for its oracle of Apollo, until it silted up in the Middle Ages. It was the birthplace of St. Nicholas and it is known that St. Paul and St. Luke visited. The site is fascinating, the remains part buried in the sands, evocative and intriguing. It includes an acropolis, temple, agora, theatre, baths and the magnificent triumphal arch.
Usually reached by boat from Ucagiz, the area of Kekova, named after its largest island, is a group of islands and bays, home to a number of ancient Lycian settlements, some of which are now submerged in the sea. The most atmospheric spot is the sunken city, where ancient houses, stairs and pavements can be seen submerged in the clear waters. It is now forbidden to swim here. A boat trip usually takes in a visit to nearby Kalekoy or Simena Castle, a charming port overlooked by the ruins of a Crusader castle, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
Kalkan does have a small pebble beach, but serious beach lovers go to stunning Kaputas which has clear, impossibly turquoise water. Others prefer the long stretch of sandy beach at Patara. There are lots of fine pebble beaches in the surrounding bays, easily reached by the boats which leave from the harbour.