A Turkey Sailing Trip Back in Time to Kalkan
Overlooking the Mediterranean on the gorgeous Lycian Coast, Kalkan is quite rightly touted as one of the most beautiful spots in Turkey and it is undoubtedly a must-see on any Turkey sailing tour. The village is an old fishing town and, more importantly for the sailing crowd, the only safe harbour between the neighbouring ports of Fethiye and Kas. It is also absolutely enchanting, offering an unspoiled haven in a region often overrun with tourism.
Kalkan was, until the 1920s, a mainly Greek town and though the Turkish-Greek population exchange occurred almost a hundred years ago in 1923, visitors can still find much evidence of Greece in the village. Everything from the traditional whitewashed houses to the central mosque of Kalkan, formerly the village’s Greek Orthodox Church, speaks of Kalkan’s past. However, rather than clashing, the setting works in perfect harmony with the modern-day amenities and traditional Turkish hospitality.
Today Kalkan is a charming portside town filled with small bars, shops offering locally crafted goods and an amazing array of over 200 restaurants, from the rustic to the sophisticated. Beyond this, with beaches and historic sites galore, the place will appeal to both the sun worshipper and the sightseer and really is somewhere that has something for everyone.
The town, which is next to crystal-clear waters and has a number of beach clubs, is renowned for its scuba diving and water sports. And for anyone wanting a little more variation in sunbathing spots, it is located close to the famous Patara Beach and the beach at Kaputas. Alternatively, fill your days in Kalkan by exploring the area’s rich history. There are twenty ancient sites, including the old capital of Xanthos, all within range of the town. Active visitors can even combine the two with a diving or snorkelling expedition to the sunken city of Kekova.
Whatever you choose to do, your Turkish experience promises to be an authentic one in Kalkan.