Kalkan is a lovely small hilltop town that overlooks a tiny bay. Its quaint, traditional, white-washed houses, shuttered windows and balconies garlanded with brilliant flowers that cascade to the streets below, make it the ultimate in a peaceful holiday town in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Narrow winding streets lined with souvenir shops lead down to the charming harbor.

Kalkan is located 230 kilometers (143 miles) west of Antalya or 25 kilometers (16 miles) to Kas. The nearest airport is at Dalaman to the west, 120 kilometers (75 miles) which takes about 2 hours by car. You can enjoy a daily island excursion in a Gullet (wooden-hulled local boats), a moonlight dinner cruise, or go by minivan to the nearby villages such as Patara, Kas, and Bezirgan. Patara beach is a 12 kilometers long, unspoiled white sand beach located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Kalkan. There is another beautiful small sandy beach, Kaputas beach, 5 kilometers east of Kalkan. Unfortunately, there are no sandy beaches in Kalkan town.

Kalkan people on beach during daytime

Kaputas Beach, Kalkan | Photo by Atıf Zafrak


Every morning boats busily take tourists to one of the nearby beaches or small bays. As the sun sets it is Kalkan style to meet on the roof terraces for a drink before dinner and enjoy the comings and goings of the yachts, the business of the marina and the panoramic view of the Mediterranean.

Hotels around Kalkan, Antalya

Other areas to visit near Kalkan

Kalkan doesn’t have any ancient sites, it was founded about 150-200 years ago by local Greek and Turkish people who named it “Kalamaki” village. The oldest building in the town is the mosque above the harbor, which originally was a Greek Orthodox church until the 1920s.

Lately, many ex-pat foreigners have bought (and continue to buy) property in and around Kalkan for holidays or for their retirement. This lovely town became a popular residence, especially for the British nationals.

Nearest Airport

Airport Name: Antalya Airport
Address: Antalya Havaalanı Dış Hatlar Terminali 1, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Code: AYT
Elevation: 51 m
Phone: +90 242 444 74 23
Serves: Antalya, Alanya, Kas, Kalkan and Surrounding area

We highly recommend booking international and domestic flights with Turkish Airlines. Visit www.turkishairlines.com for prices and times.

If you wish to travel by bus or car please give the details of your journey so we can recommend a local transfer service. You must allow 3 days for us to make suggestions.

All companies we recommend are licensed by TURSAB. It is merely a recommendation we do not take any responsibilities for any of the services recommended on this website.



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