Kalkan: Ancient Ruins & Pide bread

An ancient fishing village on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Kalkan is a connoisseur’s yachting destination and a well-kept secret despite its cultural and culinary appeal.

Achingly cosmopolitan and chic, the town has managed to retain its particular old-world charm. The winding cobbled streets and traditional houses are hemmed in by wild countryside, preserved by strict conservation laws.

The town itself is a culinary hotspot. A variety of restaurants offer Mediterranean-based cuisine which carefully blends new and old Turkish and foreign traditions. Try the Pide: a flatbread similar to pizza or a circular ring of Simit scattered with tasty sesame seeds. There are contemporary bars and many exclusive clubs where the dancing goes on until dawn.

Culturally, Kalkan is home to a number of ancient settlements where you can visit the remnants of former civilisations without throngs of tourists, in a setting that is unrivalled in the region.


Kalkan’s idyllic beaches are also a big draw. The most renowned – and arguably the most beautiful – is Patara beach. The vast swathe of blonde sand stretches more than 18km and is more or less empty, making it ideal for families hoping to escape the usual beach bustle. Elsewhere, glittering Kaputaş Beach, at the bottom of a winding natural staircase, should not be missed.


Off the beaten track Kalkan offers everything that seasoned travellers are accustomed to, an ideal hideout for yachting enthusiasts seeking some culture with their cruise.


When to go:

April – October

High season:

July – August

Highlights

1

Explore the ancient city of Xanthos: an extraordinary collection of stones, ruins, theatre and pillars

2

Trek part of the Lycian Way: the 540km footpath stretching around the southern coast from Fethiye to Antalya is made of Roman roads and old mule trails

3

Visit the astonishing Saklikent Gorge. At 20km long and 300m deep it is the second largest in Europe

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