The Dive Center attached to the Kalamar Bay Beach Club offers diving courses and
wreck dive packages. They also provide daytime and sunset sea kayak tours through
the coves of Kalamar Bay. Several Kalkan-based companies can arrange half-day
excursions, including round-trip transportation, to the Xanthos River for canoeing or
to Patara for horseback riding. As the Lycian Trail passed through Kalkan, outdoor
enthusiasts take advantage of the trail’s proximity to enjoy short trail walks. Tandem
paragliding is also available from the peaks above Oludeniz.
Beaches and Beach Clubs
The Kalamar Bay Beach Club is located within a 5 to 10 minute walk of the villa and
offers sun loungers, parasols and all kinds of water activities for kids and adults.
They also offer free pick-up and drop-off service from the villa. Kalkan has a pretty,
Blue-Flag crescent-shaped pebble beach in addition to several other public beach
clubs. Kaputas Beach, with its pretty cove, is less than 8km from the villa and Patara
Beach and its Lycian ruins are 17km from the villa. Both Kaputas and Patara are
regularly serviced by local buses from Kalkan.
If you enjoy a day on the water why not take a gulet cruise from Kalkan harbor?
Private charter cruises can be arranged by talking with the individual boat captains at
the harbor while larger, group excursions depart from the harbor on a regular basis.
Most cruises visit several local islands and stop at off-the-map beaches and coves
for swimming and snorkeling. Other interesting day trips include a visit to Butterfly
Valley while a visit to Saklikent Gorge, followed by a traditional Ottoman-style lunch
served on cushioned platforms that overlook the streams below, is a must.
Families with Children
Kalkan is very family oriented and most restaurants can easily accommodate
families with young children. A small playground is located within a 5 minute walk of
the villa (near Café Vita) while a larger, better maintained playground is located past
Café Vita on the road to Kalkan (about a 10 minute walk). A large playground, tea
garden/snack stand and a shaded park area are located at Kalkan’s beach. A visit to
the Thursday Market is a wonderful family outing and is a great place to pick-up
souvenirs. We recommend that families consider renting a car for part or all of their
stay at the villa in order to more fully explore the area.
The villa is the ideal base to explore all the nearby Lycian heritage sites of Patara,
Tlos, Xanthos and Letoon which can be easily reached by car our booked through a
local tour operator. The World Heritage site at Kekova is also a wonderful day trip
and can be reached by car from Kas or boat or bus/boat excursion from Kalkan.
The town of Kas is located approximately 25km south of Kalkan along the coastal
road and boasts a pretty harbor, a wonderful çay (Turkish tea) garden and several
Hellenistic period ruins including the Antiphellos amphitheater.
The Greek island of Kastellorizo is a short 45-minute ferry journey from Kas harbor
and makes for an enjoyable and culturally interesting day-trip. If you go, make sure to
visit the Blue Grotto and the fortress offering amazing views.
The beautiful and traditional mountain village of Bezirgan is located 17km from the
villa and the journey provides for some amazing views The village of Islamlar is a 15
to 20 minute drive from the villa into the Taurus Mountains and offers many wonderful
trout restaurants, some of which have lush gardens which are perfect for alfresco
dining in the cooler mountain air.