Kalkan / Kalamar Bay area:

The apartment at Kalamar is about 1.5km from Kalkan – a fair walk – but many cafes on the way! For those without a car, there are friendly taxis everywhere, and a bus is promised for the future!

There are two beach Clubs nearby, a few minutes (downhill), quite a few more (uphill!): Kalamar Beach Club and Kulube Beach Club – both very good. Also a public platform.

The historic Turkish fishing village of Kalkan sits at the foot of Tauros Mountains on the Turquoise Coast. There is an abundance of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, many are roof top, some are harbour front and most are traditional.

The narrow cobbled winding streets are full of pretty shops selling all manner of goods, traditional to modern. The local artists display their quality work in the shops and market stalls. Shop owners and locals are very friendly and the weekly large market is great for stocking up on self catering provisions.

There are local supermarkets, banks and ATMs. Kalkan is artistic and unique within a stunning setting and harbour. It attracts the discerning holiday maker and avoids the large mass package tourist market

The Turquoise Coast / Lycia region:

There are many wonderful trips to make within a short distance (by car or bus):

Kas is about 35 mins drive - and what a drive, it must be one of the most spectacular roads in Turkey, following the coast all the way. From here you can take boat trips , diving trips (from Kalkan also), and also take the ferry to Meis, a Greek Island (they call it Kastellorizo). Its a lovely trip, and great to spend a day in Greece!

Fethiye is about an hour away, it is large and lively resort - good to go on a Tuesday when there is a huge market - try lunch in the fish market afterwards, good fun.

Patara Beach, the home of 'caretta caretta', the loggerhead turtle, is very close; also the lovely beach of Kaputas.

And the ruins!! Kalkan is of course on the Lycian Way, and there are dozens of stunning ruins within a half hour drive - Xanthos, Pinara, Lettoon etc. And then there there is the sunken city of Kumluova .

The mountains start at Kalkan, and in a matter of minutes of leaving the town, you are in wooded hillsides, where goats and chickens can block the road, and locals collect honey from the beehives, or gather pomegranates, apples etc; they are welcoming, and very happy if you take the time to stop off and enjoy a cup of tea. And do eat in local cafes in the villages - delicious food, cooked simply with lovely salads and fresh bread.