The historic town of Kalkan is an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey's gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality. That’s why Kalkan is a not to be missed stop during the so called “Blue Cruise”, an incredible sailing holiday along the coast of Turkey among Bodrum, Fethye gulf and Anthalia. Kalkan is exposed to the northwest wind and therefore, the yacht harbour and the breakwater here, serve as a safe shelter for the sailboats. The yacht harbour is at the latitudinal position 36 degrees 22 45" north and longitudinal position of 29 degrees 50'50" east, and its depth inside changes between 1-7 m. It is easy to enter and go out between the breakwater. Electrical and water connections can be made in the yacht harbour and the necessities concerning the yachts are met. The garbage is gathered up three times a day in. The yacht harbour is managed by the Municipality.
Kalkan was an old Greek village called Kalamiki at that time. It has become a place preferred by many people now, with its clean boarding houses, and restaurants of fresh appetizers and fish. You can go to places of ruins in the whereabouts such as Patara, Letoon and Xanthos wich are at small distance by boat from here. The Harbor of Yesilköy opposite Kalkan, is another good place of anchorage, too. The delights of the Xanthos valley include the 15km of sand at Patara as well as the Lycian ruins scattered between Tlos and the coast. If you're after activity type stuff then canoeing, trekking, diving and some other bits and pieces can all be arranged. The town itself is all around the little harbour, where the fish comes ashore in the morning and the boats leave for the beaches and bays with their load of snorkel equipped day trippers.. Back from the harbour is an old town, bazaar area where you'll find restaurants and carpet shops, as well as places to buy the essential sun block and cold drinks. Kalkan lacks sandy beaches in the village itself but with Patara 15 minutes away you will enjoy the taste of a an amazing “blue cruise” in Turkey.