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Kalkan & Surrounds

Kalkan is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns along the Turquoise Coast, perfect for a beach holiday in Turkey.

Surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, Kalkan sits staggered down the hillside facing the crystalline, waters of the Mediterranean.

Once a small fishing village, it has evolved over the years into a vibrant, bustling harbour town. With a plethora of sophisticated restaurants, shops and bars along the waterfront and in the cobbled backstreets, Kalkan is a popular choice for a beach holiday in Turkey.  This region is renowned for its excellent restaurants, in fact, its here that we have sampled some of the best Turkish cuisine we have ever tasted!

There is a small pebble town beach, and plenty of beach clubs offering a wide choice of water sports, which are a hit with adults and children alike. Patara beach is also nearby, an impressive 11 mile stretch of sand surrounded by dunes.

Just 15 minutes drive through the pine-clad Taurus mountains, you will find the small hamlet of Islamlar. This is a sleepy, picturesque village which has largely remained unchanged for centuries. With just a handful of local restaurants, bakery and a village shop.  A holiday in Islamlar is a wonderful taste of rural Turkey, surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a great choice for a relaxing escape, yet so close to cosmopolitan Kalkan, you can experience the best of both worlds.

Just 25 minutes drive around the coast is the more bohemian town of Kaş, meaning eyebrow in Turkish due to its unique shape!  Although larger than Kalkan, Kaş is still a quaint town with cobbled streets, tea gardens and restaurants.  It has a lovely harbourfront promenade lined with palm trees, and is a popular area for diving and boat trips. A superb excursion is to pop over to Meis, (Kastellorizo in Greek), a small Greek island, just 2km away.

For advice and to discuss your plans for a holiday in Kalkan, Islamlar or Kaş, simply get in touch.

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Istanbul
An intoxicating city and the only one in the world to sit across 2 continents. Enjoy breakfast in Europe and lunch in Asia, then back again for the evening.

Most of the popular sights, history and activity are centred on the European side in an area called Sultanahmet. But we recommend you explore further - taking in the Bazaars, cruising along the Bosphorous, and visiting the rooftop bars of Sultanahmet.
Cappadocia
The unique natural caves and ‘fairy chimneys’ in Cappadocia would be beautiful on their own, but they’ve been rendered even more interesting by their history as a refuge for Christians looking to escape Islamic armies. The result is fascinating carvings, frescoes and churches deep in caves.It’s easy to see why drifting over this region on a hot air balloon has become popular.

It’s probably the best region for serious hikers as well, offering challenging mountains and valleys for those who seek them, with rich scenic rewards.
Kalkan
Kalkan is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest holiday beach towns along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It calls visitors back again and again.

The charming cobbled-stone town is packed with excellent restaurants, and sits staggered down the hillside to the ocean, with dramatic mountains in the backdrop.
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Thrace Wine Region
A beautiful region producing wine since ancient times. Guided tours of vineyards are open from April to the October harvest.
Fethiye
The Fethiye region is beautiful, with its verdant valleys and dramatic mountains covered in sweet-scented pine forests, ancient tombs carved into the rock faces and simply magnificent beaches. The most famous are the blue lagoon at Ölüdeniz, and the neighbouring Butterfly Valley, aptly named due to the diverse species of butterflies that have made it their home.

For history and nature lovers this region ticks all the boxes, with its many ancient sites to visit including the ruined temples of Tlos Letoon, and the derelict old Greek houses in the ‘ghost village’ of Kaya Valley. Spring is a wonderful time to visit; with its unique flora and fauna, it is simply bursting with rare wild flowers.
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Göcek
Göcek, in the Fethiye region, is a chic, harbour-side town surrounded by 12 islands – stunning just to look at, and even more spectacular to explore onboard a gulet. More
Datça & Bozburun Peninsulas
For a real taste of unspoilt Turkey, visit the gorgeous peninsulas of Datça and Bozburun with their mountain hamlets, forests of pine and a myriad of fishing villages, beaches and secluded coves, just waiting to be discovered.

The southernmost of the two peninsulas is Bozburun, where the main village is renowned for building traditional gulets, splendid wooden Turkish yachts that are seen along the whole coastline.

The Datça Peninsula is home to ancient Knidos which lies at its tip, where the remains of this Dorian port city overlook 2 stunning bays.
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Bodrum Peninsula
Despite Bodrum being a bustling, cosmopolitan town, the old part is incredibly pretty and has remained unchanged for many years, with old white and blue stone houses in the backstreets covered in colourful Mediterranean flowers.

The area is also packed with ancient history. You can see Bodrum Castle from pretty much everywhere, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnussus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is tucked away here too.
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