As a rich and vibrant resort of Mediterranean Turkey, Kalkan has established an upmarket and elite reputation. Situated a four-hour drive from Antalya airport and a two hour drive from Dalaman, discerning holiday makers return year after year and the small but quaint town also attracts foreigners of all nationalities and Turks, with an interest in buying Kalkan property.
History of Kalkan
The historical timeline of Kalkan has never been well documented, leading historians to believe that for hundreds of years, it was just an unimportant fishing village with no major events or cause for illustrious fame.
History experts have established though, that the Lycians, who were a courageous but peaceful civilization, dominated the coastline from the 15th to the 5th century BC. Unfortunately, by the time, Roman rule had descended on the area, piracy was rife, and locals had deserted the village to seek safety and security inland.
When piracy eventually diminished, people settled in the area again and they were mainly of Greek descendant, which explains much of the current architecture of the old town houses. However, in 1923, the treaty of Lausanne signed by Turkey and Greece, forced Greek descendants to return to their homeland and vice versa.
The population exchange unsettled the community but daily life eventually returned to normal. When mainstream travel became popular in Turkey during the 1980s, more foreign visitors descended on Kalkan and the introduction of the Internet encouraged independent travel and living, so it is also a popular destination for British and American expats.
About Kalkan Today
It has a typical Mediterranean portrait with traditional seaside houses, covered with wooden shutters and pink bougainvillea tumbling down white washed walls. Daily life revolves around the beachfront and the well-constructed harbour where fishing boats ply their trade.
Coastal restaurants promote the concept of Mediterranean dining and due to the hillside leading away from the beach; most restaurants provide a romantic, rooftop-dining experience of slow music, and tasty cuisine while the sun slowly sets on the horizon.
Small boutique shops, modern restaurants, and traditional bars, line both sides of the cobbled streets and at the entrance, to the resort is an average sized bus station, with transport to neighbouring towns and bigger bus stations that operate transport to other destinations within Turkey.
Thanks to the influx of expats, the current population is roughly 70,000 people but during summer, this increases because of tourism. All facilities and amenities exist within the town including doctors, post offices, banks, and supermarkets and for serious medical attention, expats use the private hospital based in nearby Fethiye.
Kalkan can also boast of its inclusion on the Lycian way, a historical walking trek covering ancient ruins along 516 kilometres, of the Mediterranean coast. It is also a favoured destination on the Turkish Riviera, evoking many domestic and international yachts to dock into the town for overnight stays.
Kalkan has a pebbly town centre beach with all facilities including sunbeds, umbrellas, toilets, and showers. Many locals also recommend visits to the nearby scenic beach of Kaputas, situated 30 minutes away or the long and sandy beach of Patara, that is also a half hour drive away.
Buying Areas and Property
Although many duplex Kalkan apartments for sale often appear on the real estate list for Kalkan property for sale, the most popular type of property for sale in Kalkan is luxury Kalkan villas. Prices range from an average of £80,000 for a three-bedroom apartment to £550,000 for a four bedroom detached villa with infinity pool. Thanks to the sloping landscape, it is easy to secure a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea and coastline.
Areas of Kalkan
- Zeytinlik is an ideal location in the heart of Kalkan. It is just ten minutes’ walk downhill to the sea and 15 minutes to the marina, shops and restaurants.
- Kalamar bay is 1.5 kilometres or 5 minutes’ drive from the town centre and it is popular because of its beach club, water sports and stunning views. A few restaurants, situated on the main road serve traditional and international cuisine.
- Kiziltas is also known for the stunning views over the coastline and neighbouring islands. For a large variety of restaurants and bars, the centre of Kalkan is just a ten-minute walk away.
- Kisla is a quiet area on the outskirts of the town, around the bay and coastline. The town centre can be reached within a 25-minute walk, along hilly roads or occasionally, a water taxi operates and heads to Kalkan harbour. This area is particularly favoured for its sunset views.
- Ortalan is the furthest area from the town centre and coast. Property in this area is generally more luxurious and there is still much open land surrounding it.