Kalkan

Welcome to Kalkan!

 Kalkan Today - Kalkan is a small village located on Turkeys turquoise coast.It is both quaint and sophisticated. The pretty, old town is full of original and renovated houses with wooden balconies, covered in bouganvillia.There are cobbled streets, tiny shops and a wonderful choice of restaurants,bars and cafes, Kalkan is famous for the quality of the food it serves and the warm welcome everyone receives.
Built on a hillside, the views that Kalkan offers are stunning. There is a vast array of villas,apartments and top class hotels plus small pensions,something for everyone.
 
Kalkan has a pebble beach plus local beach clubs that are accessible by road or boat. The famous Patara and Kapatas beaches are both nearby. Patara is a beautiful sandy beach, 17 kilometres long.The Greek island of Meis is just 20 minutes over the water from Kas.You can take a boat trip from Kalkan harbour and enjoy a relaxing day at sea.
Kalkan is surrounded by ancient sites, Patara, Xanthos, Tlos, Demre and many others are all within easy reach. A visit to Saklikent Gorge is a must and the underwater city of Kekova is a very popular destination. Have a look at the tours that Abi has to offer.                                                                         
 
You can be as busy or as lazy as you like in Kalkan! Its the perfect place to relax but also a great base for exploring the area. 
 
The nearest airport is Dalaman,which is just 130 kilometres away and takes one and a half hours. Abi Travel can provide a very comfortable and safe transfer for the sole traveller,couples,families or larger groups. 
 
 
 
Kalkans History -  Though it was just a small settlement, Kalkans position made it an important defensive post in Lycian times.It was on the early pilgrims route to Jerusalem. Christianity brought trade and the permanent settlement of Greek speaking people. As from 11C Turkish tribes moved to the thick forests and small upper valleys of Kalkan.The majority of the people were from a tribe called "Karakeciler" .From Byzantine to Ottoman times,Greek speaking Christians looked towards the sea for their living and the Turkish Muslims lived off the land. After the first world war, the borders of Turkey shrank and there was an exchange of people between Turkey and Greece. The town of Kalamaki became know as Kalkan and the Greek orthadox church, in the old town, became a mosque.Kalkan has grown and prospered over the following years especially with the introduction of tourism.