Cross the Kalkan harbour to Parara Prince resort by small boatHot pink bouganvillia in landscaped gardensBeautiful locally-produced ceramics sold in KalkanBeautifully rich colours of a traditional Turkish rugTurkish traditional costume, worn on nomadic Patara walkView of Mouse and Snake islands from Kalkan beach

Kalkan History

Abundance of fruit and vegetables at the Kalkan marketsKalkan is an old fishing town, and the only safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye; famous for its white-washed houses descending to the sea, and brightly coloured bougainvillea.

It is not known exactly when Kalkan was founded but it is understood that the first traders came over from the Greek Island of Meis and settled around 200 years ago; hence Kalkan became a recognised trading post. The original settlers were Greek and Turkish under the regime of the Ottoman Empire.

During the late nineteenth century Kalkan became the most important trading port in the area, more so than Fethiye or Antalya. Produce was brought to Kalkan by camel trains, travelling many miles to reach the port so that their goods could be sent all over the Ottoman Empire.

The main mosque in Kalkan was once a Greek Orthodox Church. The church was built in the late 1800’s and the original bell is displayed in the town hall. The church became the mosque in 1923. Up until 1923 Kalkan was predominantly Greek but it was at this time that the population exchange took place under the Atatürk government.

Coast cafe bar outside seating at Kalkan harbourfront Entrance to Kalkan harbour


Kalkan was an important harbour town until 1970's as the only sea port for the environs. It declined after construction of the Fethiye road but revived after the emergence of the tourism industry in the region.

With much of the surrounding land still undeveloped and with many nearby remains of ancient civilizations, Kalkan is the ideal resort for those who want calm and relaxation. Enjoy the natural beauty of the cleanest seashores, of rough mountains covered with pine forests and explore the remains of the ancient Lycian cities in the area.

The Independent newspaper listed Kalkan among the best tourist destinations for 2007. The paper recommended Kalkan especially for those seeking a romantic vacation and who do not want to travel too far from home. Turkey villas with stunning sea views, perfect for a romantic getaway.

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Local wild tortoiseSunset on the Turquoise CoastPrivate pool at Villa Paramelle, KalkanPatara ruins at sunsetView from above Kaputas beach, near Kalkan