There are myriad activities, day trips, tours, places to see and things to do from your Kalkan base. Here are a few ideas to offer inspiration but let us know the sort of activities you like and we can advise on more specific ideas just for you.
- Kekova – an hour from Kalkan and a national conservation area which includes several traditional villages, stunning scenery and the real wow of the sunken city, only accessible by boat. Spend a day aboard sunbathing, swimming, sight seeing and enjoying fabulous homemade food or take the more adventurous route and opt to head over to the island in kayaks.
- Saklikent Gorge – 40 mins from town and offers something for the whole family, including gorge walking, rafting, mud bathing or simply relaxing over a leisurely lunch on the köşk seating pontoon cafes.
- Ancient/Historical Sites – where to start, Turkey has so many sites of massive historical interest. With it’s varied history, including being part of Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires, that history is written across the land in ancient ruins at places like Patara, Tlos and Xanthos – all within an easy short drive of Kalkan. If you want to try further afield, Ephesus is mighty.
- Meis – or as the Greeks call it, Kastellorizo, the Greek island off the coast as Kaş, just 25 mins from Kalkan. Meis has a stunningly pretty harbour area, surround by colourful cafes & restaurants, a lofty ruined fort you can climb up to and enjoy breath taking views. The harbour has resident loggerhead turtles who will happily swim alongside while you take photos. There is a daily ferry from Kaş harbour, don’t forget your passport!
- Paragliding – for a real adrenaline rush, there are plenty of options for paragliding. The nearest centre is at Kaş but there are other places too.
- Diving – if you are a qualified scuba diver or fancy trying for the first time, the coast abounds with dive schools, but the easiest place for you is actually in Kalkan at the dive school next to Kalamar beach club. The waters are stunningly clear and are very popular with divers from around the world.
- Turkish Cookery Class – if you would like to learn how to cook some of the delicious Turkish dishes you will encounter in the restaurants, then we can organise a cookery class with an internationally qualified chef who also happens to be a Kalkan boy and has his own restaurant. He will take you shopping in town for ingredients first, showing you where to buy the best vegetables, fish, meat and fruit before taking you back to his professional kitchen for some great cooking and of course a few giggles along the way.
- Mountain village trips – get up into some of the most stunning scenery anywhere and see a little of village life. With home cooking and rustic BBQ’s, it is a very different pace of life and there are several options available depending on how rustic you want to go.
- Boat trips – again, an activity that has a plethora of options, from small self hire/drive boats, to large boats for several guests and including food, or sailing and again, including meals. All usually involve some swimming, snorkelling and generally relaxing and having fun on and in the water. A particular treat is a sunset cruise from Kalkan harbour, head out into the bay and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean before sitting down under the stars to a delicious home cooked dinner with the freshest food, often including fish caught that day from the waters you are floating on. After dinner you sail gently back into harbour and of course can finish your evening off with a few cocktails in one of the many harbourside cafes and bars.
- Cocktail Making Masterclass – no words really needed, just ask for details and prepare to have a hugely entertaining and educational few hours.
- Walk the Lycian Way – Kalkan is perfectly placed for walkers who would like to try walk on the ancient Lycian Way. It is some 540kms long in total and passes Kalkan on its long distance route between Fethiye and Antalya. You can of course choose to walk only a short part of it, and we can put you in the safe hands of a local guide. Sensible shoes and a love of stunning scenery are definitely required.
- If you like the idea of a few away days, with overnight stops, then tours to places such as Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadoccia, Alaçatı, Izmir and Istanbul can be arranged or we can help advise on the best way to see these places.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking and planning, there is so much to see and do, you really will be spoilt for choice.