Villa Salaam Kalkan


About Kalkan

The historic town of Kalkan is an enchanting place & one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey's gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming & unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant Turquoise crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history & warm traditional Turkish hospitality. Chic, sophisticated, yet warm & welcoming, it is indeed for the discerning holiday maker, whether family or group of friends. Local planning laws prohibit the construction of large hotels so consequently the town remains unspoilt with attractive whitewashed houses & its famed cobbled winding streets leading down to the pretty harbour & marina at its centre.

Good dining has always been the way of life here. In fact, Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants & bars per inhabitant or square metre on Turkey's Turquoise Coast with over 100 restaurants in Kalkan. Additionally, Kalkan is especially renowned for its numerous roof-top terrace restaurants & bars which offer a wonderful view of the town, sea & stars. You can sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants & watch the fishermen leave early in the morning as you tuck into your breakfast, or see them return with the day's catch in the evening.

This is a small town of only a few thousand which creates a wonderful intimate feeling. But there is plenty to do in & around Kalkan. During the day the town is surprisingly empty as most guests choose to relax at their Villa or explore the multitude of beautiful ancient Lycian & natural sites around the area. However, everything changes in the evening when Kalkan bursts alive for a long, festive night.

Boutiques selling jewellery, fine leather handbags, clothes, Turkish rugs & local craft etc open late into the night. At night, Kalkan has a bustling, yet relaxed feeling with its atmospheric bars playing jazz & popular music. Banks, ATMs, supermarkets, post office, doctors & pharmacies all are easily accessible.

Thursday is Kalkan Market Day, a delightfully colorful market serving all manner of items from spices & Turkish Delight to clothes, linens & exquisite faux designer hand-bags & watches. Kalkan has many special qualities, but without doubt, it is the people of the resort who make the town extra special. Local people happily welcome you & you may at first be surprised by the universal friendliness within the town. It is absolutely genuine.

Warm Turkish hospitality & friendliness is the basis of life here & the people sincerely enjoy getting to know their guests. So do not hesitate to accept one of the many tulip-shaped glasses of 'cay' (tea) you will be offered while you amble along the winding streets. You will not be hassled while you are a guest of Kalkan - the town is hassle free & is proud to be so. You will find a mixed population here, consisting mainly of locals, some Istanbul Turks who own businesses, as well as a small number of ExPats who have made their home in Kalkan. 

Activities, Places to Visit, Places of Interest

Kalkan & the surrounding areas have an abundance of ancient historical sites. Kalkan is situated along the ancient Lycian Way providing miles of picturesque walking trails. Xanthos & Patara in particular provide ideal surroundings for walking & hiking as does the Saklikent Gorge. A range of outdoor activities is available from Kalkan Harbour & the many Beach Clubs including Deep-Sea & Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Canoeing, Water-Skiing, Sailing, Paragliding, Windsurfing, River- Tubing & Rafting.

The town of Kas is 45 minutes away whilst Fethiye & its bustling market (Tuesday only) is 1hr 30 minutes. Historical & archaeological attractions nearby include Kaya Koy (the Greek Ghost Town), the Rock Tombs, the breathtaking Saklikent Gorge, the Sunken City of Kekova, the ancient ruins of Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara, Tlos & Myra, said to be the birthplace of St Nicholas (Santa Claus) - all are within easy reach.


Kalkan Beach is a clean & picturesque pebble beach just 5 minutes drive from the Villa. Around the Marina there are several Beach Clubs & boats for hire & excursions. The famous Patara Beach with its 18km of white sand is approximately 20 minutes away. The secluded Kaputas Beach is a 15minute drive. Regular Water Taxis visit the beaches & beyond from the Marina.

Kalkan has six popular Beach Clubs, several of which are reached by shuttle from the Marina making it easy to enjoy the sea. These are wonderful paved platform terraces & gardens cut into the bottom of the mountainside, with ladders going into the sea. They offer everything from swimming & sunbathing to water sports & restaurant/bar facilities, with Sunbeds & parasols for hire. The Beach Clubs across the bay offer Water Taxi services that you can pick up from the Marina.

More information