THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN AND AROUND KALKAN
On days when you may want to venture away from the villa there are many things to do / places to visit, and if you do not wish to hire a car you can book trips through agents in the town. There are many trips offering canoeing, jeep safaris, white water rafting, horse riding in the mountains and scuba diving. You can also hire your own boat to explore the coves around Kalkan, they usually include an ice box and all safety equipment
Scuba Diving - Kalkan is a popular place for scuba diving due to its crystal clear waters and the fact that the area is known as one of the top locations for scuba diving along Turkey’s coast. It has several dive sites including islands, reefs and wall with a huge variety of marine life (including groupers, sardines, moray eels, turtles, stingrays, barracudas, sea bream, rainbow wrasse, damsel fish, bonita, sea mullet, starfish, octopus, dolphins, nurse sharks, squid, mackerel, etc.) Lessons for beginners through advanced. Contact the Kalkan Dive Centre for further details – see their website at www.kalkandiving.com
Diving Kalkan is another option offering full day sessions - both PADI and CMAS are catered for, with a wide selection of courses for all ages
For the experienced diver with a PADI certificate there are a number of dive boats that will take you to some of the best diving sites in the area. There are wrecks to explore and an abundance of fish to identify in the crystal clear turquoise waters in and around Kalkan. If you have not dived before then there are experienced qualified instructors available to provide individual or group lessons in the safety of the Kalamar and Kalkan bays. All equipment including wet suit, goggles, flippers and tanks are provided
River Canoeing - Enjoy a fun day river canoeing on the nearby Xanthos River. Experienced river guides take you on a journey across ancient Lycian lands of tranquil, lush nature. The ride is downstream, so isn’t hard going! The journey ends at Patara Beach, with a swim. A fun family day with a BBQ picnic lunch along the way, as well as a very enjoyable mud bath! Enquire at a local tour agent.
River Tubing - through beautiful nature on the Saklikent River in a tube. The water is actually quite shallow and very refreshing in the summer heat. Rides last from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on which you choose. Enquire at a local tour agent or you can join a tour just outside of Saklikent Gorge
Lazy Day at Sea - every morning at about 10.30 the gulets moored in the harbour set off for a lazy day at sea. You will be taken to a number of secluded coves where you can swim in the warm crystal clear turquoise sea, snorkels and flippers are generally available
Lunch is provided on board. You can either arrange a private booking for you, your family and friends or just join in with other holiday makers. You will be returned to the harbour at about 17.30 and a taxi can be ready waiting for you to return you to the villa. It is advisable to book the boat of your choice, one evening a few days in advance as the popular boats are in demand.
Details of boats in Kalkan harbour can be found in the KTLN Business - http://kalkan.turkishlocalnews.com/portal/kb/6-directory/168-activities
Market Day - Thursday is market day in Kalkan when the town fills with the villagers from the outlying hamlets. There is a wide range of ‘genuine’ fake watches, designer T shirts, Jeans and tourist gifts including Turkish delight and wonderful spices etc. on offer together with a large fresh vegetable and household goods section. The market starts early in the morning as the stall holders erect their displays and sun shades. It can get very hot during the prime summer months and it is recommended that you take a bottle of water with you, particularly if you intend to practice your haggling skills with the traders who are very keen to secure your custom. The market is easy to find halfway down the main road into town.
Water Activities - there is a wide variety of water activities available in Kalkan and you can either organise yourself or one of the beach clubs will make a call for you and you can be picked up from their deck. Water skiing for the experienced or for those requiring lessons, Jet Ski, Ringo’s, Pedalo’s, Canoe’s and speed boats are all available for hire
Here are a few links to some of the companies that provide water activities in Kalkan
Kalkan Water Sports http://www.kalkanwatersports.com
Blue Marlin http://www.bmwatersports-kalkan.com/kalkan.htm
Kalkan DiveCentre http://www.kalkandiving.com/index.htm
Dolphin Scuba Team http://www.dolphinscubateam.com
Paragliding - for the more adventurous thrill seeker why not gain a new outlook and perspective on Kalkan as you launch yourself from the Bezirgan mountain strapped to an experienced and fully qualified instructor. Soar over the mountains high above Kalkan and along the Turquoise coast. Impress your friends and family as you land on the Harbour road next to the breakwater. All clothing, helmet and equipment is provided. Don’t forget your camera and a pair of strong shoes or trainers. Sky Line will collect you from the villa and take you to the take off site at 3,600 above sea level. The flight lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
Please note that we take no responsibility for anyone foolish enough to launch themselves from the top of a mountain but if you wish to contact Sky Line the link to their website is below.
Sky Line Paragliding http://skylineparagliding.com
Turkish Bath - if paragliding is a bit too extreme then at the other end of the spectrum at the start of your holiday why not book yourself into one of the many Kalkan hotel spas or Hamam (Turkish bath). De-stress and tone up your body with a good massage ready to relax and top up your tan around the Emir pools
A number of places offer the service, including the Atlantis hammam behind the Yali supermarket, Regency Asfiya and Pirat hotels.
Horse Riding Patara Beach - ride purebreed Arabian, Canadian Coloureds, Haflingers & English Thoroughbreds – all riders and non-riders of all ages and ability are catered for.
From July through to end of September no riding is permitted within 30 metres of the crest of the waves on Patara beach due to risk of damage to Turtle eggs and prolonging the hatchlings journey to the sea making them more prone to predators.
The beach is very wide thus enabling you to still enjoy the dream
of ‘riding on the beach’ at this time and seeing the amazing tracks
left by the Turtles coming to lay their eggs.
Trips and Tours
Xanthos and Islamar - this is about a 30 minute drive from Kalkan and well signed posted. This is the site of the Lycian capital city and has been excavated by the French from 1954. It contains a good example of an amphitheatre and mosaics. It is best to arrive here about 4 pm as the site is open until 7pm and most visitors have left, it is cooler at this time.
There is a shaded area to sit where you can buy drinks, and use the loos. From here you can take approximately a 30 minute drive to reach the mountain village of Islamlar where there are several good restaurants which serve trout that is farmed in the area.The Sunken City of Kekova and the Village of KaleYou need to do this on an organised tour as you are driven to the village of Ucagiz, about 1hr from where you will travel by boat to the ancient Lycian city of Kekova, the remains which are mostly submerged as a result of the 4th & 5th century earthquakes. You will also stop off on the boat at the village of Kale where you can climb up to the St John's crusader castle, which have the most wonderful views. Here you can buy good locally made textiles. Most boat trips will stop during the day for swimming and lunch is provided.Tlos & Saklikent Gorge - you can then travel on to the Saklikent Gorge (Turkey's deepest gorge) where you can walk up the gorge in the icy watersThe Dalyan Delta - your river boat "putt-putts" its way downstream through the most beautiful river scenery, to ancient rock tombs. From here you proceed further down stream to relax on Istuzu beach famous as one of the few remaining nesting sites for loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean. Many of the trips will offer a picnic before moving upstream to rejuvenate yourself by bathing in the famous sulphur mud baths.Pamukkale - the name Pamukkale means "cotton castle" and it describes the place very well. Mineral water runs down from hot springs and over centuries it has formed white basins and falls; the travertines. The temperature of the water varies from 35ºC to 50ºC and it is believed to treat diseases related to the heart and nerves in particular