Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Beautiful duplex apartment in secluded setting - but right in the heart of idyllic Kalkan. The small Han Inn apartment complex has only 7 apartments and two little houses but has a hotel-size pool, jacuzzi and mature garden. There are two large terraces - one is deep and shaded, the other has a small sea view and comfortable furniture for lounging in the sun. Wonderful mountain view from up here. Plenty of garden furniture, loungers, dining set, swing seat - and even a hammock!
No need for expensive car hire as all amenities are within a few minutes walk - banks, supermarket, shops, and restaurants.
The shingle beach is a ten-minute stroll through the town and there is a beautiful harbour where you can hire a boat for a day, partake in watersports or just relax in one the many excellent restaurants right by the sea.
Several small tour operators offer trips to local sights -
Patara beach ( the longest beach in Turkey - 16Km
Saklikent Gorge - 60km
Kaputas (sandy) beach - 10 minutes by car or dolmus - local shared mini bus
Xanthos and Letoon ( archaeological sights) - 25-30 minutes drive
Market town of Kas - about 20 minutes drive
Fethiye - about an hour. Wonderful fish market here - buy your fish from one of the many traders and take it to any of the surrounding restaurants to have it cooked your way!
Islamlar - Trout farms up in the mountains about 15-20 minutes drive. Several great restaurants to cook your fresh trout!
The apartment is undergoing a face-lift at the moment - everything will be sparkling by the end of 2013 with much new comfortable furniture and better facilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman - 75 miles - about one and a half hours.|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
The Turquoise Coast is a fitting description of this beautiful area of Turkey - the sea is just that colour and is crystal clear.
The historic town of Kalkan is an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey's gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.
Kalkan curls snuggly around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains. The town overlooks a beautiful bay in which islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea. Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows situated alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants in historic buildings. Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere.
Not only is Kalkan beautiful, but unlike other Turkish coastal resort towns Kalkan's main economy is tourism and therefore its citizens put much pride and effort into the town's historic preservation. Because of this, Kalkan has retained the texture of its history by protecting its distinctive Ottoman Greek architecture (it was once an Ottoman Greek and Turkish fishing village). Very strict building codes keep the town small and architecturally blended with the historic heart of the town known as “Old Kalkan”.
Besides the famous “Kalkan Style” historic architecture, the many excellent restaurants of Kalkan contribute to the special atmosphere within Kalkan. Good dining has always been the way of life in Kalkan and continues today. In fact, Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants and bars per inhabitant or square meter on the Turkish coast (over 150 of them!). Additionally, Kalkan is especially renowned in Turkey for its numerous roof terrace restaurants and bars which offer a wonderful view of the town, sea and stars. It's also nice to sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants and watch the pleasure boats and fishermen leave early in the morning as you eat your breakfast, or see the fishing boats return with the day's catch in the evening.
There is a lot to do during the day and nightlife is fun, but laid-back. You won't find noisy, wild nightlife here, as you would in some other coastal resorts.
Kalkan has many fine qualities, but without a doubt, it is the people of Kalkan who make the town extra special. The people of Kalkan warmly welcome you, and you may at first be surprised by the universal friendliness within the town. This, along with warm Turkish hospitality is the basis of life here and the people of Kalkan sincerely enjoy getting to know their guests. You won't be hassled while you are a guest of Kalkan – the town is hassle-free and is proud to be so.
You will find a mixed population here, consisting of locals, some Istanbul Turks and Turks from other cities who have made Kalkan their home and own small businesses, as well as a small number of well-educated foreigners who have settled in the town.
So, “Ho? Geldiniz!” – a warm welcome to Kalkan!
This area of Turkey has a wonderful climate - at least 300 days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and the winters fairly mild - frosts are not really an issue.
Scuba diving – http://www.kalkandiving.com/
Boat & Gulet trips – these can be arranged through one of the many travel agencies in the town.
Places to Visit
There are many places to visit within easy travelling distance. The market town of Kas is 20 min's drive on the spectacular coastal road, or Fethiye is approx 1 hr drive. Taxis are reasonably priced and readily available and car hire can be easily organised through one of the travel agents in town.
?Saklikent Gorge – Saklikent (Hidden City) Gorge is the second-largest (20 km-long) gorge in Europe, the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey, about 60kms from Kalkan. It is a spectacular place, with sculpted walls soaring high above. Four km of the gorge is walkable after April when most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River. Summer is the best time to visit as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with cold water.
?Trout Farms – another enjoyable thing to do during the day (or evening) is to visit a trout farm restaurant nestled in the mountains near Kalkan. Locals have made good use of the abundance of water springing from the earth and the result is delicious! Besides the excellent food, beautiful setting and views, a visit to these restaurants gives a welcome respite from the summer coastal heat.
The beach in Kalkan itself is pebbly, but you can cheaply rent sunbeds and umbrellas for the whole day. Sea shoes are advisable.
Kaputa? Beach is a lovely sandy swimming cove about 10 minutes from Kalkan by car or dolmu? (local shared mini bus). There are quite a few step down to the beach, so be aware!
Patara Beach is a beautiful long stretch of sand about 10 miles from Kalkan. As its part of a national park there is a small fee to enter, approximately 2 TL (75p) per person. If you don't have a car, you can take one of the frequent dolmu?es from the bus station.
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