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Things To Do

There are so many things to do and places to visit in this area. We could go on and on extolling the virtues of each one but as there are so many good websites, we are just listing a few and will leave you to explore others as you wish.

The following activities are available in Kalkan (prices are approximate), please enquire locally for up to date prices.

Local Water Sports

ActivityCostWhere
Windsurfing £15 per hour Kalamar Beach Club (tuition available)
Waterskiing £20 per 10 minutes All Beach Clubs (tuition available)
Ringos/Donuts £10 per 10 minutes All Beach Clubs
Parasailing £20 per 10 minutes All Beach Clubs
Jet Skiing £20 per 10 minutes All Beach Clubs
Sea Canoeing Free of charge Kalamar Beach Club
Pedaloes Free of charge Kalamar Beach Club

Mahal Beach Club

ActivityCostWhere
Waterskiing & Kneeboard £15 per 10-15 minutes Mahal Beach Club
Waterskiing & Kneeboard Tuition £35 per 30 minutes Mahal Beach Club
Wakeboard £18 per 15 minutes Mahal Beach Club
Wakeboard Tuition £40 per 30 minutes Mahal Beach Club
Jet Skiing £20 per 15 minutes (£35 per 30 minutes) Mahal Beach Club
Ringos/Banana/Big Mable £8-10 per 10 minutes Mahal Beach Club

Sailing dinghies from Mahal

Sailing dinghiesCost per boatWhere
Sun Fish (one person) £28 per 2 hours Mahal beach club
Hobby (two people) £35 per 2 hours Mahal beach club

Speed Boat Trips from Mahal

LocationCost per tripWhere
Kalkan Bay £50- approx. 30 minutes Mahal beach club
Kalkan Bay, Blue Cave & Kaputas £75 - approx 1 hour Mahal beach club

Speed Boat Rental - UK licence required

Speed BoatFuel cost - paid locallyWhere
115HP £100 per 3 hours / £160 full day Mahal beach club
150HP £120 per 3 hours / £200 full day Mahal beach club
25HP £40 per 3 hours / £60 full day Mahal beach club

Other sporting activities

Canyoning Scuba diving Sea kayaking over the sunken city of Kekova White water rafting on the Dalyan Delta Paragliding above Kas Canoeing Walking/trekking Jeep mountain adventure

Places to visit

There are many places of natural beauty and historical interest to visit within easy reach; Lycian Way, Saklikent Gorge, Kekova sunken city, Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara and of course to the west, is the magnificent beach of Patara with a sparkling length of pale golden sand that stretches almost forever! Take a drive into the mountains and you discover a lush region of lakes and streams, where you can feast on fresh trout in the midst of stunning scenery. With the absence of mass tourism the whole region remains unspoiled and is dotted with villages where time has stood still.

Cultural sites in the region

Kalkan, Islamlar and Kas are ideally located for exploration of a multitude of sites which are almost always sure to be free of the tourist hordes. The following are within a 1 hour journey.

LocationDescription
Tlos A fortress-topped acropolis dramatically set high on a rocky outcrop
Pinara A Lycian site with a splendorous and isolated setting
Letoon A shrine to Leto consisting of three temples
Xanthos The ancient capital and grandest city of Lycia
Patara The birthplace of St Nicholas and a mystical site half-covered with the sands of Patara beach
Antiphellos The modern town of Kas is sited on this ancient Lycian settlement
Kale/Kekova A magnificent waterside setting for the ancient ruins of Simena
Myra Lycian tombs and a Roman theatre
Arycanda One of the Lycian Coast's best kept secrets. A site that in many peoples view offers an insight equal to Ephesus!

Slightly further afield but well worth a visit.

LocationDescription
Olympos Fascinating ruins set just inland from a beautiful beach
Phaselis Less to see than Olympos but a truly magical setting

Places to visit

There are many places of natural beauty and historical interest to visit within easy reach; Lycian Way, Saklikent Gorge, Kekova sunken city, Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara and of course to the west, is the magnificent beach of Patara with a sparkling length of pale golden sand that stretches almost forever! Take a drive into the mountains and you discover a lush region of lakes and streams, where you can feast on fresh trout in the midst of stunning scenery. With the absence of mass tourism the whole region remains unspoiled and is dotted with villages where time has stood still.

Kas

The charming and friendly resort of Kas is just a 1/2hr drive from Kalkan, along one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastal roads in the Mediterranean. Cradled by the Taurus Mountains, with over 300 days of sunshine, very low humidity, and warm crystal clear unpolluted sea, modern day Kas, with its cobbled streets, is built on the ancient site of Antiphellos.

With its own amphitheatre, and close to numerous historic and unspoilt areas of natural beauty, Kas is an up-market resort with international appeal, open all year round, which attracts professionals, artists, writers, and the yachting fraternity. It has 2 marinas, many excellent restaurants and bars and shops selling everything from antiques to designer clothes.

Fethiye

The bustling harbour and market town of Fethiye is on the south-eastern corner of The Gulf and about an hour's drive from Kalkan. It is the major commercial centre of the region and provides some fascinating sights and sounds, particularly on market day every Tuesday when the roads are full of vehicles of all types - from old American trucks, to horses and carts spilling over with all manner of produce destined to create the vibrant colours and smells of the market.

Fethiye retains a decidedly Turkish feel. Exploring the warren of shop-lined streets in the old quarter is a fascinating experience. Restaurants are abundant, and the authentic feel of Turkish life permeates the whole area, giving a real insight into town life in Turkey. The fish market is a particular favourite of ours. Choose your fish from the many fish stalls and for a small charge one of the many restaurants around the perimeter will cook it for you there and then, served with salad and freshly baked bread.

Islamlar

The village is set in the Taurus mountains, a 20 minute drive from Kalkan, but another world in terms of ambience.The village provides a real insight into the life as it has been in rural Turkey for many years.
The trout farms in the village ensure that Islamlar has a reputation for fine fish restaurants and it is one that is well deserved. Islamlar's panaromic views spread far and wide to Patara beach and beyond. Walkers will enjoy the the greenery and the cooler mountain air in the heat of the summer.

Walk The Lycian Way
The Lycian Way is a 509km marked footpath around the coast of Lycia, from Fethiye to Antalya. It is a coastal walk and mild temperatures mean it can be walked throughout the winter months. We would recommendwalking the route in in spring or autumn; February -May or September-November.
The route is graded medium to hard and is not level walking,but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea.

According to the Sunday Times the LycianWay is one of the ten most beautiful long distance hikes of the world..

Tours and activities can be arranged through many of the tour operators in Kalkan or hire a car and do your own thing.

Car hire & tours

We have used a company called Enes Tourism and Travel Agency for many years and have found them to be exceptionally reliable and very competitively priced. They offer a service whereby they will deliver and collect the car from the villa. We also use this company for our airport transfers. (Please see their details on the "Flights" page)

Payments for all of their services can be made to their office in Kalkan at any time during your stay. (Speak to Emin, he speaks very good English and is very helpful.)