There was a very welcome feature in the i newspaper last week, written by Barbara Speed, confirming what we’ve been seeing with our own eyes and bookings – that the Brits are returning to Kalkan as their holiday destination of choice. We are aware, as much as anybody, that the political situation in other parts of Turkey has turned people off coming to this beautiful Turquoise coast over the last year or so. But increasingly we are seeing people flocking back. And that’s such fantastically welcome news.
Barbara reported that whilst last summer and the early part of this season were quiet for British visitors, in the last two months, business has cranked back into action. And now, people who came to Kalkan every year but had stopped coming are booking again for next year. She wrote that one local hotel owner here had an interesting theory about the reasons why, “They tried Spain and hated it – so now they’re back!” Mind you he did deliver the explanation with a wink of the eye….!
What is for certain is that a major vote of confidence has come from Tui (formerly known as Thomson). The airline has extended its summer schedule to Turkey from the end of October into the first two weeks of November, when temperatures are still balmy in the mid-twenties. Budget airline Jet2 is almost doubling its capacity to Turkey from May 2018 and Thomas Cook also reported an increase in bookings this summer and will launch direct flights from Norwich to Dalaman, around 90 minutes’ drive from Kalkan, next May.
It’s all great news and it is clear that Barbara had a lovely time during her spell in Kalkan. She wrote that it wasn’t hard to see why the resort is such a hit among Brits. It has all the comfort of a town that has developed with tourism in mind, but with planning restrictions that have prohibited large hotels and absolutely retained its authenticity. Here, here! And her recommendations for a top night out – either the Fish Terrace for views over the bay and fish soup, calamari and prawn stew (sounds yummy) or the Botanik, a charming bar under the trees of the town’s botanic garden. As for a tipple, either the local rose wine Lal or a melon margarita especially if you can claim seats in the treehouse built into the canopy above. We can definitely recommend both places.
So there you are, more flights from more locations and our beautiful little town is once again a target destination. And of course there’s only one place to stay – our lovely Villa Kingfisher. A ha! We hope to see you soon right here on the terrace…