If you are feeling adventurous and wish to explore beyond the boundaries of Kalkan you may wish to hire a car, book a tour or alternatively arrange for a driver to take you to the many places of interest in and around Kalkan.
We list below some of the activities that are available. At the bottom of the page is a link to the Kalkan Kas video which shows how special Kalkan is and the places to visit within a very short drive.
When it gets just too hot in the high season a half day trip to Saklikent Gorge provides welcome relief from the heat. The ice cold water from the mountain has carved its way through the rocks for many centuries and the walk through the gorge is not for the faint hearted.
Take a swimming costume and secure beach shoes in order to transverse the flowing water and slippery rocks. After the walk through the gorge, when you return to the starting point, there are many restaurant platforms over the water to sit on and relax with a cold EFES beer.
Its fun for all the family to take a Ringo and drift down stream over the small rapids and then be transported back to your vehicle for another refreshing drink.
You will have passed Fethiye on the way to Kalkan from Dalaman airport. Its about an hours drive and well worth a visit. The market day is Tuesday when the town fills with villagers from the outlying hamlets. It is the largest town in the area with a fine harbour area, fish market and many inexpensive and truly Turkish restaurants catering for the local inhabitants rather than tourist.
At the far end of the harbour you can see the beautiful Turkish Gulets being built.
On the way to Fethiye why not stop and visit Gocek which has developed with its new marina into the sailing centre of the region with many luxury yachts and Gulets making this their home base for cruising around the turquoise coast. Also Oludeniz which is often used in photographs to promote Turkey is close to Fethiye.
From Kas harbour take the daily ferry for the thirty minute ride the the delightful Greek Island of Meis. Experience a different culture, architecture and dine in one of the many restaurants fronting the harbour. You will need your passport as you are entering the Euro zone.
Approximately 15 minutes drive from Fethiye is the ‘Ghost Village’ of Kayakoy. After the inhabitants left the village in 1992 to return to Greek soil, the houses numbering approximately 3,500 were left empty and deserted. The event is documented in Louis de Bernier’s ‘Birds Without Wings’
Patara was in Roman times a flourishing maritime and commercial centre. It is the birth place of St Nicholas who lived in nearby Myra. There remain many important sites close to the amphitheatre which have not been excavated but the archaeologists are every year discovering new treasures as they piece together the remains of this important Roman City.
Patara is however famous for its beautiful 18 kilometer of unspoilt sandy beach where you can swim, sunbath or ride a horse over the dunes. Entrance to this protected national site is via a daily pass which can be purchased on entry which gives access to the ruins and beach areas.
Patara village has a number of small restaurants and tourist shops and you can hire a canoe and explore the Patara estuary.
The sunken city of Simena and the Crusaders Castle are located at Kekova. Glass bottom boats will take you over the sunken city of Simena, now known as Kale, which was hit by a series of earthquakes in the second century when the land slipped many metres below sea level creating an island. The inhabitants belongings are still visible demonstrating the sudden and devastating effect of the earthquake.
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Additional places to visit will be added shortly.