Kalkan is a place to relax, enjoy and wind down to the slower pace of life in Turkey. There are many trips and activities that can be organised with agents in the town from ‘Jeep Safaris’ to Paragliding to ‘Deep Sea Diving’ but there is also a wide range of things to do within easy walking distance of the Mina apartment. We list below some of the activities and things to do our guests have enjoyed.
Every morning at about 10.30 the gulets moored in the harbour set off for a Lazy Day at Sea. You will be taken to a number of secluded coves where you can swim in the warm crystal clear turquoise sea, snorkels and flippers are generally available.
Depending on the wind direction you will be taken to the famous Kaputas Beach and ‘Blue cave’ and on to ‘Mouse Island’ with a mud bath for those that wish to freshen up their skin. This is a very relaxing day at sea with room to lay out, read a book, listen to your music, sun bath and occasionally dip into the sea to cool down.
An excellent lunch is provided on board. You can either arrange a private booking for you, your family and friends or just join in with other holiday makers. You will be returned to the harbour at about 17.30 and a taxi can be ready waiting for you to return you to the Mina apartment. It is advisable to book the boat of your choice, one evening a few days in advance as the popular boats are in demand.
Thursday is market day in Kalkan when the town fills with the villagers from the outlying hamlets. There is a wide range of ‘genuine’ fake watches, designer T shirts, Jeans and tourist gifts including Turkish delight and wonderful spices etc on offer together with a large fresh vegetable and household goods section. The market starts early in the morning as the stall holders erect their displays and sun shades. Please note that it can get very hot during the prime summer months and it is recommended that you take a bottle of water with you, particularly if you intend to practice your haggling skills with the traders who are very keen to secure your custom. The market is located a few paces from the Mina apartment, turn left up the main road towards the ‘Green School’ just by the mosque.
There is a wide variety of water activities available in Kalkan and you can either organise yourself or one of the beach clubs will make a call for you and you can be picked up from their deck. Water skiing for the experienced or for those requiring lessons, Jet Ski, Ringo’s, Pedalo’s, Canoe’s and speed boats are all available for hire.
We list below links to some of the organisations that provide water activities in Kalkan
Kalkan Water Sports http://www.kalkanwatersports.com/contact/
Blue Marlin http://www.bmwatersports-kalkan.com/kalkan.htm
Kalkan DiveCentre http://www.kalkandiving.com/index.htm
Dolphin Scuba Team http://www.dolphinscubateam.com/
Kalkan fesitval of the sea -July 2012
For the experienced diver with a PADI certificate there are a number of dive boats that will take you to some of the best diving sites in the area. There are wrecks to explore and an abundance of fish to identify in the crystal clear turquoise waters in and around Kalkan. If you have not dived before then there are experienced qualified instructors available to provide individual or group lessons in the safety of the Kalamar and Kalkan bays. All equipment including wet suite, goggles, flippers and air etc is provided.
For the more adventurous thrill seeker why not gain a new outlook and perspective on Kalkan as you launch yourself from the Bezirgan mountain strapped to an experienced and fully qualified instructor. Soar over the mountains high above Kalkan and along the Turquoise coast. Impress your friends and family as you land on the Harbour road next to the breakwater. All clothing, helmet and equipment is provided. Don’t forget your camera and a pair of strong shoes or trainers. Sky Line will collect you from the Mina apartment and take you to the take off site at 3,600 above sea level. The flight lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
Please note that we take no responsibility for anyone foolish enough to launch themselves from the top of a mountain but if you wish to contact Sky Line the link to their website is below.
Sky Line Paragliding http://skylineparagliding.com/
If paragliding is just to extream then at the other end of the spectrum at the start of your holiday why not book yourself into one of the many Kalkan hotel spas or Hamam (Turkish bath). De-stress and tone up your body with a good massage ready to relax and top up your tan around the Emir pools.
For anyone whe enjoys walking The Lycian Way which has recently been fully marked and sign posted ranks as one of the top 10 walks in the world. It is 509 kilometers of magnificant scenery starting at Fethiye and following the coast all the way to Antalya. Part of the route skirts Kalkan and during the winter when it is not so hot there are walking groups from Kalkan who venture to different parts of the Lycian Way. Good walking boots etc are required.