A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan has been untouched by mass tourism. More sophisticated than other resort towns, Kalkan appeals to travellers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne. The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.”
Because of its great charm and 'magic' , Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who visit repeatedly. There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan anywhere along Turkey’s coast
Kalkan curls around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains
The town overlooks a beautiful bay and harbour in which Mouse and Snoopy islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea
Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows with numerous specialty shops and beautiful restaurants with overhanging carved timber balconies and rooftop terraces.
Thick masses of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascade into the streets below. It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere
Why is Kalkan so special? - Not only is Kalkan beautiful, but unlike 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 its history by protecting its distinctive Ottoman Greek architecture (it was once an Ottoman Greek and Turkish fishing village). Very strict building codes keep the town small and architecturally blended with the historic heart of the town known as “Old Kalkan”.