Things to do

Kalkan is located in the historic Lycian region of south west Turkey and is ideally placed for visits to ancient sites and places of interest. The village has several tour agents who offer a wide range of tours some of which can be tailored to your individual requirements.

Ancient sites:

Kekova is to the east of Kas and is the site of a Roman settlement forced under the sea by an earthquake. Boat trips allow the buildings to be clearly seen through the clear blue water.

Xanthos was the ancient capital of Lycia and has been excavated to display a fine amphitheatre and coloured mosaics.

The Saklikent Gorge has been carved out of the rock by the Xanthos River and has been developed to allow entry by a suspended walkway.

Beaches & beach clubs:

In addition to the Kalkan beach there are several beach Clubs with those located across the bay reached by free water taxis.

Patara has an 18km long sandy beach backed by sand dunes and despite its popularity it never seems to be crowded. With its Roman amphitheatre and turtles that come to lay their eggs the whole area is a nature reserve. Patara is listed in the top 20 beaches in Europe and is only 45 minutes by dolmus (bus) from Kalkan.

Kapitas is a small beach of white sand just 6.5km (4 miles) from Kalkan and easily reached by dolmus (bus). Please be aware though there are over 200 steps to reach the beach from Kas road.

Patara beach Patara ancient city
Patara beach Patara ancient city

Boat trips:

All day or moonlight gullet boat trips are very popular and easily arranged through our Agent.

Yildiz 2 Evening trip
Yildiz 2 Evening trip


Trout restaurants in the village of Islamlar provide a different experience to dining in Kalkan.


Kas is a 30 minute drive from Kalkan and is a cosmopolitan town with a large harbour which acts as a landing site for paragliding. It has an ancient theatre and rock tombs together with a wide range of shops and restaurants. Trips to the Greek island of Meis by ferry can be taken from Kas harbour`.

Fethiye is a large fishing and market town which is geared more towards local people than tourists. It has a large Tuesday market, colourful harbour and small marina. The market has a large area set aside for eating giving a visit an added dimension.


There are many walks in the area including those in the Taurus Mountains plus the signposted Lycian Way.

Taurus Mountains Saklikent Gorge
Taurus Mountains Saklikent Gorge

Water sports:

Water sports including diving ( are available in Kalkan as are canoeing and rubber dinghy trips down the Xanthos river.