Kalkan is located on the Southern Mediterranean coast, known as the Turquoise or Lycian coast. Kalkan is 87km to the west of Fethiye and 27km to the East of Kas.
2- Which is the nearest airport?
Dalaman (also known as Mugla Airport) is the nearest airport and it is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes by car from Kalkan. You can also use Antalya airport. However, the transfer time is 3 hours.
3- How is the nightlife like in Kalkan?
Kalkan’s old town comes alive at night with the buzz of many cafes, restaurants and bars. There are no nightclubs as such but there are a number of bars in the Old Town and on the Harbour front which usually stay open until the last customer of the evening leaves. The music bars are small and intimate, playing a wide mix of music to cater for all tastes and ages and some have small dance floors. Because of Kalkan's strict code, a large amount of noise from the bars is avoided.
4- What are the restaurants like in Kalkan?
Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants and bars per square metre on the Turkish coast. Kalkan is particularly renowned for roof top dining, with many restaurants and cafes having large roof terraces where you can enjoy your meal while watching the sunset. You will feel spoilt for choice in Kalkan.
5- Would you recommend hiring a car in Kalkan?
There are many places of interest situated around Kalkan. Hiring a car can open up a different experience and help you make the most of Kalkan. However, it is not always essential to hire a car as there are plenty of things to explore which are walking distance, depending on where you stay, and there is public transport available. The speed limit in Kalkan is 50km (30 miles) per hour in built up areas and rises to 90km (56 miles) per hour on motorways and open roads. If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident or your car is damaged in any way, it is necessary to call the Police to the scene before moving the vehicle as the insurance is void without a Police report. You must also contact our local car rental partner immediately and take a photograph (if possible) before doing anything else. You will need to carry your passport and drivers licence along with the vehicle documentation and licence (normally found in the glove compartment of drivers sun visor). The Jandarma (traffic police) stop cars as a matter of routine and if you are stopped, you will be expected to produce this documentation. Child Seats are available by request for babies and young children at no extra charge. Please specify the ages of any children so that we can provide a suitable seat for your child.
6- How efficient is public transport in Kalkan?
The local Dolmus (shared minibus) is the most cost effective way of getting around Kalkan and the surrounding areas. They will take you to places such as Kas, Patara, Kaputas beach and Xanthos. The main bus stop is about 10 minutes from the centre of Kalkan, past the market on the right hand side. Taxis are also widely available and run from early morning until late evening in peak season. Taxi's can be ordered by taking a business card from taxi drivers or from the taxi rank which is situated on the main roundabout at the top of the main street.
7- What is the cheapest way to call someone in the UK?
The cheapest way to call back to the UK whilst in Kalkan is by using a phone card. Phone cards can be purchased at the post office located at the top of the main street in Kalkan. The post office's normal opening hours are 09:00 to 18:30 (closed between 12:30 - 13:30 for lunch) however, the times are extended during August from 09:00 - 12.00(pm). You are able to use the public telephones at the post office, which are in air-conditioned rooms, at the same rate as a standard telephone box. The call boxes require a card that is made up of units of 30, 60 or 100. To call the UK, dial 00 44 omit the 0 for the standard code, and continue with the rest of the code and number. The best rates are usually for calls made between 22:00 and 08:00 or all day Sunday (there is a 25% discount on normal rates during this time). Public telephones have three buttons on the right hand side, the bottom one changes the instructions into other languages.
8- Are mosquitoes a problem in Kalkan?
Mosquitos shouldn't be too much of a problem in Kalkan as the council has started periodic spraying, which has reduced the number considerably. "Sinkov" and "OFF" are the two widely available makes of mosquito sprays and plug-ins in Kalkan.
9- What healthcare is available locally?
Healthcare is not covered under the EU, so private health cover is necessary. Kalkan has a number of private doctors, and the nearest hospital is in Fethiye.
Dr Niyazi - (009) 0532 261 5600. Dr Niyazi is english speaking and available around the clock, 7 days a week. A consultancy fee of 400TL will apply if you need him to visit you at your accommodation.
Health Centre: Tuana Medical Centre (close to Tesko in Kalkan), Kalamar Yolu, Kalkan.
Kalkan Medical Centre, Kalamar Road: (009) 0242 844 1000. With 2 English speaking doctors.
Pharmacy: There are 3 pharmacies in Kalkan, the Turkish name for pharmacies is ECZANE. There is usually a large red 'E' signposted outside.