The Olive Garden, Patara Prince Resort. Kalkan
Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Olive Garden Villa is a charming, 2 bedroom villa set in the beautiful resort of Patara Prince, Kalkan. The villa is set in an ideal, secluded location within the resort, but is still only a two minute walk from the Patara Prince hotel and a 5 minute walk down some steps to the two pools overlooking the sea.
The villa is in the perfect position surrounded by olive trees and stunning pink bougainvillea. It has everything you need for a relaxing holiday in the picturesque resort of Kalkan and was fully refurbished in 2013. Inside, the villa has traditional stone walls and marble floors that keep the rooms lovely and cool during the hot summer months. Air conditioning is available in both bedrooms if needed. It has a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely lounge area where you can sit and look out to sea. There is a large terrace outside with a covered roof which has stunning views towards open sea and Kalkan beyond, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine.
- Free Hi Speed WiFi
- Uninterrupted Sea Views
- Newly fitted Kitchen with Microwave, Gas Hob and Oven
- Newly fitted Travertine Wet Room
- Excellent Location in Resort
- 25% Discount on Food and Beverage in Patara Prince
Bedroom 1 has a king size bed,hot/cold air conditioning, wardrobe and drawer units. Stunning views out to sea and the garden.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds Turkish pine units and hot/cold air conditioning. Lovely views out to the garden
Newly refurbished wet room with walk in rainfall shower, travertine tiles, w/c and sink/vanity unit.
Newly refurbished kitchen that is fully equipped. Modern, granite worktops, washing machine, hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, crockery, pots and pans.
Light and airy lounge with beautiful views towards the sea and Kalkan town. Pretty stone fireplace and double glazed sliding doors to the outside terrace. Sofa and armchair. Flat screen tv, dvd player, CD player and ipod dock.
Large private terrace with stunning views out to sea. Table and four chairs for eating outside, comfy large chair for relaxing in. Stunning area to enjoy a glass of wine watching the sun go down or enjoy the twinkling lights of Kalkan in the evening.
There are four shared swimming pools within the resort. The two closest to the villa (5 min walk) are the large main pool and the round pool. The large pool has stunning views over to Kalkan and also a small children's section. The smaller round pool is for adults only and offers a tranquil place to read. There is an infinity pool at the top of the resort and an indoor swimming pool.
The resort also has lovely bathing platforms with sunbeds on that have steps into the sea.
Due to the landscape within the resort, the villa is unsuitable for very young children and people with walking difficulties. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further. To get about the resort there is a shuttle bus service that runs daily from the bottom of the complex to the top. This stops just outside the hotel (2 min walk away) from the villa and can you go down to the pool if necessary or up to the infinity pool, supermarket and tennis courts at the top of the resort.
We have had the most wonderful holiday! Stunning place, stunning weather, and a beautiful apartment. We had everything we needed, including a hair dryer which was great and the beds and sofas were very comfy! We absolutely loved it, especially visiting kalkan, it's so beautiful!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman 155 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Kalkan is in an area steeped in Ancient Lycian History including but not limited to.....
Patara was the major naval and trading port of Lycia, located at the mouth of the Xanthos River, until it silted up and turned into a malaria-plagued marsh. It is not far from the sites of Letoon and Xanthos and a day trip from Kalkan, Ka? or Fethiye could easily combine the sites. Beautiful 12 km-long Patara Beach, voted one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online – Best of 2005, is an easy 10-15 minute stroll away from the major ruins at Patara. The Patara area is a national park, a key biodiversity area and is rich in birdlife.
Patara was a very wealthy city due to trade and was one of the six principal cities of Lycia. Patara's oracle at the renown temple of Apollo (not yet found) was said to rival that at Delphi and the temple equaled the reputation of the famous temple on the island of Delos. It was believed that Apollo lived at Delos during the summer but spent his winters at Patara. Omens were interpreted in these two towns during the respective seasons. A large bust of Apollo, discovered on the hill beyond the City Gate, indicates the existence of an Apollo Temple which has not yet been found.
Following its capture by Alexander the Great Patara became an important naval base as well. Alexander promised the revenues of four cities, including Patara, to one of his commanders, thus its value at that time is quite clear.
Many legends exist explaining the origin of the name of Patara. During the time of Lycia's Ptolemy domination, Ptolemaios II (reigned 285-246 B.C) re-named Patara as Arsinoe in honour of his wife. The name did not stick, however, and the original name was soon again in use.
Letoon was the sacred cult center of Lycia, its most important sanctuary, and was dedicated to the three national deities of Lycia – Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis. Leto was also worshiped as a family deity and as the guardian of the tomb.
Letoon lies less than 10 km to the south of Xanthos on a fertile plain. Xanthos and Letoon are often seen as a “double-site”, since the two were closely linked and Letoon was administered by Xanthos. Xanthos-Letoon is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey. For this reason, it has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Letoon has been under excavation since the 1950's and since 1962 by the French Archaeological Mission, in conjunction with the excavations being carried out at Xanthos. Excavation goes on today – the team has done some excellent work and in recent years has begun to restore the Temple of Leto.
Letoon is a romantic site and many of the monuments arise from standing water which provides lush vegetation. Terrapins and frogs are usually seen. Unfortunately though, the high water table hinders excavation.
To reach Letoon, you turn west one km beyond the road from Kinik to Fethiye and continue 5 km. It's not far from Patara and a day trip from Kalkan, Ka? or Fethiye to Letoon or Xanthos could easily be combined with a trip to the beach and /or ruins there.
Letoon was a sanctuary precinct and not actually a city, and seems to have had no major settlement associated with it at any period. It was administered by Xanthos and was the spiritual heart of Lycia, its federal sanctuary and the place of national festivals. Letoon was the center of pagan cults activity until perhaps the 5th century AD when Lycia was ravaged by Arab attacks and the area started to silt up with sand brought by the Xanthos River. It is believed to have been abandonded by the 7th century AD.
Archaeological finds date back to the late 6th century BC. During the Archaic and Classical periods (7th-5th century BC) the site was probably sacred to to the cult of an earlier mother goddess (Eni Mahanahi in Lycia), which was later superseded by the worship of Leto.
Kalkan is a place to fall in love with …A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan whilst having everything you need has not been touched by mass tourism and high rise hotels. More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travellers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne. The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.”
Because of its great charm, Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who say the town is the only holiday destination they would choose to visit repeatedly. There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan along Turkey's coast.
Kalkan curls snugly 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 speciality 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.
Why is Kalkan so special?
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 100 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 lots to do during the day and nightlife is fun, but laid-back. You won't find noisy, wild nightlife here, like in some other coastal resorts.
Kalkan has many fine qualities, including its clear waters and surrounding beaches, 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. So don't hesitate to accept one of the many tulip-shaped glasses of çay (tea) you will be offered while you amble along Kalkan's winding streets. 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!” – Kalkan and The Olive Garden look forward to welcoming you.....
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