"An oasis of sophistication" Sunday Times


The Turkish Tourist board has this to say about Kalkan: “Turkey’s Mediterranean shore, the ”Turquoise Coast”, is nearly 1600 km (994 miles) long and is scattered with fine-sand beaches and sprinkled with classical cities turned to picturesque ruins. The Turquoise Coast includes the town of Kalkan, a small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town. Kalkan has not been touched by mass tourism. More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travelers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. 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 snuggly around an ancient 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 through the historic town and are lined with listed whitewashed villas with shuttered windows situated alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants. Overhead hang original ornately carved Ottoman timber balconies garlanded with brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below. It is a very special place. Why Kalkan is so special? Not only is Kalkan beautiful, but unlike many 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 with its distinctive Greek architecture (it was once a Greek and Turkish fishing village). Strict building codes ensure that the historic heart of the town known as Old Kalkan retains its unique architectural charm. The spirit and magic of Kalkan unfolds as you meander through the narrow streets of the old town to the harbour below. 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. 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. You can also sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants and watch the fishermen leave early in the morning as you eat breakfast, or see them return with the day’s catch in the evening. Kalkan is a small town (of only a few thousand) and this creates a wonderful intimate feeling. But don’t let its size mislead you – there is plenty to do in and around Kalkan. During the day the town is surprisingly empty as most guests choose to swim or explore the multitude of beautiful ancient Lycian and natural sites of the area. However, everything changes in the evening when Kalkan bursts alive for a long, festive night. Kalkan has many special features but without doubt it is the people who make the town extra special. The people of Kalkan happily welcome you, and you may at first be surprised by the universal friendliness within the town. Warm Turkish hospitality and friendliness 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."

The views from the apartment of the bay are breathtaking and to be honest, the apartment complex, in our view, is perfectly situated. There is a fantastic supermarket just down from where we were staying, which sells everything you need. The walk into the main area is about 5-10 minutes only. Kalkan is hilly, but we didn’t feel the need to get a taxi back from the restaurants, however if you do, it’s just a couple of quid.
Alex Green. August 2020
Just wanted to say thank you for letting us stay in your lovely apartment in Kalkan. We had everything we needed, it was like being home from home, we all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The Turkish people in Kalkan are far more friendly than any other Turkish resort we’ve been to. It was also nice speaking to Aytaç who is lovely, and knowing she would be available if we had any issues. We met some lovely people around the pool. Hopefully we will return next year to the Emir apartments
Tracey Macleod, September 2020