Kalkan is considered to be one of Turkey's most beautiful resorts and has fast become the country's premier location for private villa holidays. This attractive Mediterranean town does not only have a fabulous choice of quality restaurants, a stunning harbor and pretty streets, it's also within easy reach of Kaputaş Beach, Patara Beach (with it's 12km stretch of golden sand), Kaş and numerous sites of historic interest.
Nearest airport to Kalkan is Dalaman International Airport – Driving time is about 1.5 hours. It is possible to reach the Kalkan via Antalya Airport, however, the transfer time is about 3.5 hours.
At the entrance to Kalkan harbor, Kalkan's white pebble beach is very popular with visitors and locals. The water is incredibly clear, and often calm and it has a blue flag award for cleanliness, making it very good for swimming and snorkeling. Toilet and changing facilities are available just behind the beach, and sunbeds/parasols can be hired at a very reasonable rate. There are harbor front restaurants, shops and cafes all within 2 minutes’ walk of the beach. Kalkan beach enjoys late evening sun, and is a lovely place to watch the yachts and gulets returning back to harbor in the early evening.
On the road between Kalkan and Kaş, Kaputaş beach is formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand and there is a long flight of steps down from the road. It is a popular beach with locals and visitors, and is often visited by Gulet's and yachts for it's Turquoise waters and good swimming. On a windy day the waves can get quite strong. Minibuses between Kalkan and Kaş stop off at Kaputaş. The journey takes around 10 minutes from Kalkan.
Patara beach is around 15 minutes from Kalkan by car or the Shuttle services that run from Kalkan. Part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta-Caretta). Luckily the beach has been declared off-limits for development because of the turtles, they are nearing extinction and protection of their nesting sites on the Turkish coast is very important. The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs as it is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey.