Kalkan is a town in Mediterranean Turkey. It is an enchanting, historic town and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. There is an absence of mass tourism, and it remains a charming and unspoiled haven with brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.
Visiting Kalkan by plane
Dalaman Airport (DLM) is the closest at about 1hr 30mins by taxi from Kalkan.
In season charter flights operate to Dalaman from most UK airports. Scheduled flights operate all year round, flying direct to Dalaman or with a plane change in Istanbul.
Taxi transfers from Dalaman, some flight providers offer a transfer to Fethiye where there’s a bus service to Kalkan.
It is a reasonably easy 90-minute drive from Dalaman to Kalkan, passing though a toll tunnel near Dalaman and then a straightforward endeavour, bypassing Fethiye before arriving in a dramatic sweep into Kalkan by a new road.
Visiting Kalkan by bus
Daily bus service from Istanbul Otogar leaving at 21:00, arriving in Kalkan the next day at 11:00.
Other buses from Izmir, Afyon, Fethiye, Antalya.
Buses used to arrive and leave from the centre of the village but now leave from the new bus station at the top of the hill above the Thursday market by the Petrol Ofisi petrol station. It’s a long walk from most places in Kalkan.
What to do in Kalkan
Kalkan is renowned for its scuba diving and water sports.
Kalkan is a place that appeals to older visitors. There are no large discos, but there are many music bars. During the summer period (July onwards) there are more young people around. A few bars suit this age group and get busy in the early hours.
• Take a boat trip. Some boats will take you to Patara or Kaputas. Some will just hug the bay. Lunch provided. Quality varies.
• Trips to Saklıkent Gorge or horseback riding along Patara beach can be arranged in Kalkan.
• Walk the Lycian Way.