Kalkan is a little jewel of a town hidden along the Turkish coast that I have had the pleasure of visiting on more than one occasion. I now consider the place my second home and am constantly checking momondo.com for the best and cheapest flight deals (as low as £98 return at times…absolute no brainer).
The town has turquoise blue bays, white sandy beaches, winding cobbled streets, rooftop restaurants and pink bougainvillea blossoming out of every orifice (lol). NOT HARD to see why it’s so popular. If this is the first you’re hearing of the place, take it from me…you need to check. it. out.
And the best part? I feel SAFER in Kalkan than I do in London, so for any of you guys thinking ohhh, Turkeyyy, I’m not sure about that… please don’t believe what the media tells you! It’s called scaremongering people!
Before you go…
Knowing how to get there
Fly to Dalaman airport, before renting a car or jumping in a transfer. Transfer time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Knowing what to do
There is so much more than meets the eye in Kalkan. You can expect to horse ride at sunset, quad bike the sand dunes, head out on a jeep safari, bathe in mud baths, kite surf across the ocean & take various day trips out to the Saklikent gorge, the sunken city and Meis island (my absolute favourite). If you’re more into flying & flopping, having a villa featuring an infinity pool with a view is key. So is visiting a few of the local beaches that surround the town. Google image Kaputas beach. Yeah. See what I mean about booking those tickets?
Other must do’s include Patara Prince beach club (also a boutique hotel with good deals on that trip advisor link, so check it out), and hiring a traditional gullet for the day. This can be arranged down at the harbour – there are plenty of boats docked up and prices can be arranged there and then for as early as the following day.
Knowing where to eat
The town is full of pretty rooftop restaurants (with insane ocean views) each featuring local Turkish dishes. After dinner head down to the harbour where you’ll find cute bars & a few little clubs (Mojito). Two of my personal favourite restaurants are Mey & Meze for the best views & Belgin’s Kitchen, a former olive oil pressing workshop. Both are rooftop restaurants but the latter is different to most as you sit on traditional ottoman cushions. Gusto is my fave for after dinner cocktails.
Knowing where to stay
You can either stay in a hotel in the town centre, or you can do it right and rent a villa up on the hill. Kalkan is made for villas – the town has the perfect set up with sweeping views of the entire town and bay, and infinity pools facing out to the ocean. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS. If you take away one thing from this post, let it be that a trip to Kalkan isn’t a trip to Kalkan without a villa!
*SIDE NOTE — OK, I may be biased, but Villa Sapphire is my personal favourite. Ok fine, I am biased because it’s my parents’ villa, but even if they didn’t own it I would still be singing it’s praises. It has literally THE best views in Kalkan plus a hot tub on the roof terrace. (Yeah, I’ve asked to stay long-term but they weren’t having any of it). I asked them if I could feature it in a post to share the love, so if you like the look of it and fancy checking it out, mention this blog post for a cheeky 10% discount.*
Regardless of where you’re staying, Kalkan really is the perfect town and I can’t recommend it enough. <3 Put it on your bucket list and after your first trip you’ll be going back again and again…
P.s I would love to see your Kalkan photos on instagram, so tag me (@thewanderlustbug) in any of your piccies.
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