SAILING IN KALKAN
Kalkan is a well-to-do harbourside town built largely on hills that look down on an almost-perfect bay. It’s as justly popular for its excellent restaurants as its small but central beach. Just be aware that Kalkan is pricier and more dominated by British holiday-home residents and tourists than most other coastal spots, including nearby Kaş.
Kalkan has retained more of its Ottoman-era character, and has beauty and charm despite the inevitable modern development, most noticeable in the form of the 60-room Patara Prince Hotel & Resort and the 18-villa Club Patara Villas on the southeast side of Kalkan’s pristine little azure cove.
Once an Ottoman Greek fishing village named Kalamaki, Kalkan (kahl-KAHN, shield) has a tiny beach but is too hemmed in by mountains falling right into the sea to have much coastal sand. Most people swim from tiny concrete decks set near the sea, reached by stairs or ladders.
Kalkan’s small yacht harbour stays busy ferrying day-trippers to the Blue Cave and to tiny, hidden Kaputaş(KAH-poo-tahsh) beach, 7 km (4.3 miles) to the east.
Kalkan is a favourite destination for British travellers coming for a week’s villa vacation or years of easy retirement living. If you’re travelling through, I wouldn’t recommend Kalkan for a long stay, but a night or two can be pleasant.