For visitors, Kalkan is a paradise with wonderful beaches such as Kaputaş and Patara. With marvelous sites such as the Lycian ruins, a vibrant nightlife and shopping adventures, as well as a pleasant weather 300 days a year, Kalkan makes for an ideal tourist destination. Get a car for hire in Kalkan to explore the town and to take day trips to such destinations as Antalya and Fethiye.
A blue flag beach with crystal clear waters just off the harbor is hugely popular among tourists. You can get a car for rent in Kalkan and visit the magnificent Kaputaş Beach, which is about 10 minutes from the city. Patara Beach is inside a national park and offers almost 7.5 miles of sandy beach with dunes in the backdrop. Patara has been listed as one of the world's top beaches.
Kalkan also has six beach clubs, including one in a cove at Kalamar Bay.
There are plenty of dive sites to explore if you are interested in scuba diving. Beginners can get help at the Kalkan Dive Center. A canoe ride on the Xanthos River ends at Patara Beach.
The beaches and the waterfront are packed during the day, but the crowd moves to the cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs after sundown. You can forage around the streets and buy anything from glass beads and tourist trinkets to gold jewelry and antiques. You can even get Turkish rugs and carpets, fashionable designer clothing and maybe even a belly dancing costume, if you are risqué enough.
For your meals, try the traditional Turkish cuisine, with meze for starters and seafood or grilled meat as the main course. You can enjoy live music played by gypsy bands or go to jazz clubs. You have a choice between two disco bars if you enjoy dancing. One of the disco bars is in the Pirat Hotel.
Apart from Hotel Pirat at İskele Sok, the top rated hotels are the Kalkan Regency Hotel and the Elixir Hotel. The Pasha Apart-Hotel is small but near perfect, with nine self-catered apartments and a separate lounge, pool, and bar.
Antalya is undoubtedly the brightest star of the Turquoise Coast, but there are many equally good tourist destinations along the way and within easy driving distance from Kalkan. Book your car rental in Kalkan now, and plan for a four-hour drive to Antalya. It will take longer if you include stops at Kas, Demre and Kumluca. You could also head the other way towards Fethiye, which is a lot closer.
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