About Kalkan

The historic town of Kalkan is quietly sophisticated and postcard pretty with a few good quality low-rise hotels and a multitude of excellent roof-top restaurants offering all manner of culinary delights, together with a good selection of of stylish and atmospheric blues and jazz bars.

The village shops stay open until around midnight and are well stocked with interesting antiques, crafts, jewellery, carpets and clothing. The narrow streets of the old town are lined with whitewashed shuttered buildings festooned with brightly coloured bouganvillea intermingled with shops and terrace-topped restaurants. These streets twist down to the harbour, which is the focus of the village and here you can enjoy a meal whilst watching the world go by or by looking at the array of elegant 'gulets' a traditional wooden coastal sailing boat.


During the day, you can make use of one of the 'many' beach clubs, visit the local market (Thursday) engage in some of the local sporting activities (such as water-skiing, parascending, scuba diving, trekking etc), take a trip to one of the historical sites, drive a jeep up into the mountains, cruise on a gulet or simply relax by your infinity pool.


There are numerous supermarkets stocking a full range of foods you would expect to find on the Mediterranean.

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There are numerous banks with cash dispensers in the town as well as a post office. Credit Cards or Sterling, as well as Turkish Lira are widely accepted in most of the town's shops and restaurants.

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The climate in Kalkan is similar to that of Southern California and the sea water temperature rarely drops below 16°c allowing a bathing season of around 9 months. The resort also benefits from the 'Meltem' - a seasonal wind which brings a welcome breeze to the scorching summer afternoons!

Average temperatures are as follows:

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Beach Club and Beaches


Beach Club

The closest beach club to Blue Manzara is the Kalamar Beach Club just 5 minutes walk down the hill (although they also offer free transportation if you are feeling lazy!). The beach club is essentially paved platform terraces and gardens cut into the bottom of the mountainside with direct access to the sea and offers sunbathing, swimming, water sports, scuba diving and restaurant facilities, together with a relaxing ambience and stunning settings.

Kaputas Beach

A 'dolmus' (local bus) from the village centre takes 10 minutes to reach the frequently photographed Kaputas Beach, a lovely sandy beach dramatically positioned at the foot of a huge ravine.

Patara Beach

Slightly further a field, though well worth the dolmus ride (approximately 20 minutes), is Patara Beach. Its 12 miles of golden sand is home to protected turtles and it has been described as one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in all of Turkey. The entrance to the beach is through the ruins of the ancient city and if you come by car, you'll need to pay an entrance fee of approximately £1.50 but this will allow you to make repeat visits for a week (just keep your ticket). If you've arrived by dolmus, entrance is free, but you may want to hire a parasol for a small charge. Entrance to the beach, park and historical ruins is £1.50 p.p.

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