Restaurant on Fethiye harbour Small Turkish boat crossing Kalkan bay to Patara Prince resort Turkish trucck Dried aubergine, peppers and tomatoes in Konya market Sunset over the sand dunes at Patara

Holiday Information

Passport & Visa
A passport with at least 6 months validity left on it is required for entrance to Turkey. Be sure that the name on your passport and your airline ticket is identical; a return ticket is required. Turkish Visa - please note: the Turkish Government have recently made changes to the way you get a visa for entry to Turkey. Instead of getting at the airport on arrival, you will now have to get an e-Visa online, with a credit or debit card. It's fairly straightforward, and will mean no queuing at the airport on arrival, so therefore a quicker start to the holiday! Click here to obtain e-Visa information. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice, so always check before travelling with relevant authority.

GIYKIMBIL
The Turkish government have introduced a new system of registration for guests (GIYKIMBIL), in line with the rest of Europe & what is already in place for hotels. Basically it means that as a short term renter you are required to be registered with the GIYKIMBIL system. So every guest to visit Turkey will be registered when staying at private villas & apartments, as well as in hotels. It's the same information you supply when applying for your visa but GIYKIMBIL ties you to your accommodation. Click here for more information.

Post Offices
Post offices in Turkey are easily identified by their bright yellow facades and PTT signs. Main post offices are open Monday - Saturday 8:30 - 17:30. Postal fees fluctuate according to inflation rates, though the cost of mailing postcards and letters is minimal.  Airmail post to Europe takes 3 - 5 days. The post office in Kalkan is opposite the taxi rank in the centre of town.

Transportation
Make the most of your stay at our holiday villa in Kalkan, Turkey and explore other towns along the coast, or venture inland and explore Turkey's rich past and rural lifestyle.

Road: There is an extensive road development and maintenance programme in Turkey, particularly along the south coast, so main roads and travelling times are continually improving and in many places are better than UK roads. Be careful on back roads though as you're likely to come across a pothole or two.
Car Hire: Available from Dalaman Airport and in all main towns. There are a number of car hire companies in Kalkan if you just want to hire for a day or two - we use Best Tours (for transfers as well), always ask for their best deal when you arrive, or we can book ahead for you.
New Drink/Driving laws: Traffic Jandarma have been stopping people for random breathaliser tests, and also checks for tax and insurance.  The drink drive limit in Turkey is just 50mg compared to 80mg in the UK.  If you have a passenger in the car with you, the limit is zero - i.e. no alcohol at all. However, many restaurants will collect and drive you back!
Buses: Local 'dolmus' travel is inexpensive. There is a dolmus station at the top of the hill in Kalkan, and from there you can catch buses to Fethiye, Patara, Kaputas, Kas etc.
Local Kalkan Bus: Runs from Kalkan to Kalamar, and also now to Kisla - ask locally as the service improves yearly. Cheap, and easy to hail down the bus.
Taxis: Recognised by their yellow colour. The taxis in Kalkan work as a co-operative, and are regulated by the Turkish government. The fare shown on the meter reads according to the distance travelled and are reasonably priced, but if using to go out of Kalkan always get a return price first.
Rail: Fares are comparatively inexpensive, although the rail network is limited.
Coach: Many companies provide services between major cities.

Money
Currency
: Turkish Lira (TL) - latest currencey conversion from GBP£ to TL
Exchange: Money can be exchanged at all post office branches and banks (but be warned - you can spend all morning in the bank just to make a simple transaction - though you may be offered tea!).  Major credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques can be easily exchanged, and there are a number of ATM machines in Kalkan. However our experience is it's best to bring cash - either GBP£s or €s - and change at many local stores - they show their exchange rate on a board outside, and you'll get a much better rate than changing in the UK, and no commission.

Phone System - Country code: 90
Public telephones are conveniently located throughout the country. Pay phones are available operated with telephone cards. Telephone cards of 30, 60, 100 and 120 units are sold at post offices, small markets and bookstores. Click for more details of phone numbers for local services. Phoning via Skype is an inexpensive way to make calls in Kalkan as so many restaurants and cafes offer free wifi. For more information go to Skype. WhatsApp is also an excellent way to phone home for free (or send text, photos & videos), and most businesses in Kalkan use it to communicate with you for free.

Dialling Information • if you call in the same area code as you, dial the 7-digit telephone number directly • if calling to another area code dial 0, followed by the 3-digit area code and then the 7-digit phone number • if calling internationally, dial 00, country code, area code and telephone number - this is what you'd do from a UK mobile •

Time
Turkish standard time is 2 hours ahead of UK time (BST), and 3 hours ahead of GMT from 2016 (on a 3 year trial of not changing clocks) and 1 hour ahead of central European time.

Weather
Turkey's diverse regions have different climates. The Mediterranean coast has mild winters and hot, moderately dry summers; on the south coast the swimming season commences at the beginning of May and it ends in late autumn. For visits and excursions the most suitable months are: May, June, September, and October. Average temperatures for the months are as follows: May 24°C - June 28°C - July 31°C - Aug 32°C - Sept 29°C - Oct 26°C.

Electrical Appliances
Voltage: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz in all parts of Turkey. A standard two-prong adaptor is required.

Inoculations
Please refer to your local GP.  If staying at a resort area such as Kalkan, and along the coast, and not planning on extended travel, no inoculations are necessary.

Medicine and Health Services
Medical facilities are up to date and equipped to cope with the majority of medical problems. Kalkan has a number of private doctors and dentists and Fethiye a variety of private hospitals. Health care is not covered under the E111 as in other European countries and private health cover is necessary. However the standard of private care is excellent and generally significantly cheaper than European private hospitals. Doctors in Kalkan and Fethiye are used to dealing with foreign patients and some hospitals have a special foreigner liaison officer to help with any problems. Our management company in Kalkan can arrange for you, and help with any emergency.

Food and Drink
Water: may be untreated and it's safer to drink only bottled water, kept chilled in fridge, or boiled water.
Restaurants: there are many restaurants in Kalkan, and in the surrounding villages. The food is varied, fresh, and delicious. The roof top restaurants, and those on the harbour front are more expensive than smaller ones on the back streets, but all offer fantastic food at reasonable prices compared to the rest of Europe. Many out-of-town restaurants offer a collection service - they'll pick you up, and drop you home again - fantastic for drinking and not driving. Fines are severe if drivers are caught over the limit.

Villa Catering: We can also arrange a private chef at the villa if you want to treat yourselves, or for a special occasion - from a relaxed dinner party, to a celebration or BBQ. Set menus or bespoke options are on offer, all cooked in the villa, with all the clearing up done afterwards. Please ask us for details, availability & prices.

Shopping
Turkey is known by many as a shopper's paradise. In virtually every instance, carpets, fine leather, silver and gold jewellery, and textiles and clothing are a better buy in Turkey than in other parts of Europe. So treat yourself while on holidays in Kalkan.

Cats and Dogs in Kalkan
There are street cats and dogs in Kalkan, and they are mostly delightful, and generally don't cause any problems - the only problem some people have is how to resist adopting them! They are cared for by the local group KAPSA, the Kalkan Association for the Protection of Street Animals. There are collection cans in many of the shops and mini-markets to help them with their great work, so please donate what you can. If cats and dogs are not your thing then just ignore them. Please don't encourage either at the villa as the next guests may not be as happy to get the waggy tail visit.

Photography
Turkish people will often smile and pose for you if you have a camera, though it's always best to ask before snapping. However, do not take photographs of anything connected with the military.

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