Carefully controlled development, improving infrastructure and a growing celebrity following are fuelling interest in the upmarket Turkish resort of Kalkan, known as the ‘Saint Tropez’ of Turkey, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in June.
Last winter, the cobbled streets of Kalkan’s Old Town were completely restored in keeping with the resort’s original fishing harbour character. Meanwhile, the transfer time from Dalaman Airport to Kalkan, located on Turkey’s pretty Turquoise Coast, has halved to 90 minutes from three hours thanks to a new road – the other option is to fly to Antalya, three hours away.
“These improvements just cement the popularity of one of Turkey’s most sought after resorts,” said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property. “British buyers are attracted by Kalkan’s authentic charm, which the council has been careful about preserving by implementing strict planning regulations. These include a limit on the height of any new buildings, preservation orders on buildings within the Old Town and restricting the density of development on seafront land.”
Blissful bay setting
Set in a bay overlooked by the Taurus Mountains, life in Kalkan revolves around its old fishing harbour – once the mainstay of the town before tourism – seeping out into the cobbled streets of its Old Town, which meander up the hillside. It’s hard not to have a sea view there, and the higher up you go in Kalkan, the more spectacular the vistas become.
Kalkan is forging a reputation as Turkey’s capital of gastronomy. Despite its comparatively small size, it has more than 200 restaurants, many of them within the Old Town and offering rooftop dining with views across the bay. Proving its passion for food, this year the resort hosted its first ever Lycian Food Festival.
Best beaches in Turkey?
Kalkan has a small Blue Flag beach next to its harbour, but a short dolmus ride takes you to two of Turkey’s most spectacular beaches. Ten minutes eastwards towards Kas is picture postcard Kaputas Beach, formed where a gorge meets the sea. Meanwhile, 20 minutes westwards from the resort is the long sweeping beach at Patara, which is part of a national park and protected from development.
Offering discreet access by boat, bundles of charm and a selection of world-class restaurants means Kalkan has become a favourite with celebrities. Mylene Klass, Roy Hodgson, Princess Beatrice, Roman Abramovich, Miranda Hart, footballer Craig Bellamy and David Soul are just a few well-known faces to have been spotted about town.
Right for rentals
Kalkan has an established following with the international market, in particular British people, with many visitors, including holiday homeowners, returning year after year. Kalkan is also a resort that can be enjoyed without a car, especially when staying in or around the Old Town. For holiday lets, it’s as good as it gets in Turkey.
To meet the needs of discerning second homeowners in Kalkan, Spot Blue International Property is promoting three-bedroom apartments, each with a private pool and stunning views, on a brand new development in the Ortaalan area of the resort. There is a choice of single floor or duplex apartments, including those with rooftop pools. In a quiet area surrounded by olive groves but still with easy access to amenities, a property there would make a desirable holiday home with good letting potential.