Kisla and Kalkan

Kisla

Kisla is a small but growing neighbourhood located to the east of Kalkan, just beyond Komurluk. Kisla is unquestionably where you can enjoy some of the most amazing views of Kalkan, the deep blue waters of the bay, the soaring hills beyond and not surprisingly perhaps is where some of Kalkan’s most stunning villas and houses are located, as well as one of the area’s most loved beach clubs, Villa Mahal…

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Villa Mahal beach club frontage

 

Beyond the beach club there are a selection of eateries and a local provisions shop but primarily Kisla is a peaceful residential area providing a sense of tranquility from the bustle and fun of Kalkan which remains easily accessible. And the beauty of the location means that the views in the evening across the bay are just sensational…

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Kalkan harbour at night

 

From Kisla to Kalkan centre is just a 5 minute drive or taxi ride or about a 20-25 minutes walk. Perhaps the coolest mode of transport is the water taxi service that takes holiday-makers to Kalkan harbour in less than 10 minutes.

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The harbour by day

 

Typical water taxi

 

Kalkan

The former fishing village of Kalkan, once a centre for olive oil and charcoal production, is today a really popular resort, generally considered a little more upmarket than nearby Kaş.

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Atmosphere

The historic old town has retained much of its charm and character. Indeed Kalkan’s Ottoman Greek origins can be seen in the distinctive architecture with many of the old houses beautifully restored and now serving as chic restaurants and bars.

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The narrow streets of Kalkan old town twist down to the little harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas and their original carved timber balconies garlanded with thick masses of vibrantly-coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below.

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It is a very special place with a unique atmosphere. However its very attractiveness means that it can get busy of course which is why we enjoy the more tranquil setting of Kisla as the location for our villa.

Local fun

There’s plenty to excite you if you want to enjoy the gloriously-sunny days and have some fun. Though lacking its own sandy beach, there’s a very popular and secluded pebble beach in Kisla. However many folk who like a dip in the Med use the funky swimming platforms or lidos that pepper the bay

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Beach lido

or hop on a “dolmuş” (a Turkish minibus – cheap, frequent and very convenient) and head for one of the two fabulous sandy beaches near Kalkan. The first is just 10 minutes away at Kaputaş Beach, a lovely sandy swimming cove nestled at the foot of a striking mountain gorge. Take a look at this film produced by the Turkish local news service; it’s just so beautiful…

Slightly further away is the amazing Patara Beach, a beautiful 18 kilometre stretch of sand backed by dunes, regarded as one of her best beaches in the world…

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Beautiful Patara beach

For an added bit of excitement there are the beach clubs too and as well as Club Mahal there’s the Palm Beach club and Kalamar club where a whole range of water sports can be enjoyed including snorkelling, jet skiing, scuba diving, water skiing etc. Here’s a stunning shot of a lovely turtle taken by one of our guests whilst snorkelling off Kalkan beach club just 3 minutes away fom the villa…

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Captured within 20 yards off Kalkan beach club

Kalkan by night is exciting. The town centre transforms at dusk as it begins to bustle with activity – there is much to do: shopping, dining in the huge selection of cafés, roof-top restaurants with their fabulous views and excellent bars. Or you could just enjoy going for a romantic stroll taking in the scented atmosphere along the twisting streets and by the peaceful harbour.

There are plenty of shops in Kalkan, all of which open early in the day and stay open until at least midnight. And the range of shops and products on display is amazing – you can literally buy anything from a cool T-shirt to some real Turkish delight or even an authentic and beautifully-woven carpet or some fabulous jewellery…

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Fabulous shopping

If you’re interested in keeping an eye on what’s happening in Kalkan on a regular basis, perhaps leading up to your holiday, there’s a super English language news service that we check in to frequently. It always has some features on it that keep us entertained and informed. It’s called the Kalkan Turkish Local News (or KTLN as we all refer to it) and you can check it out by clicking here.  

Nearby attractions along the Turquoise Coast

The Kalkan bay area also makes a great base for exploring this region further afield with its brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, amazing architectural features, ancient historical sites and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.

A relatively short drive away is the charming unspoiled fishing village of Kaş which is worth visiting if only to experience the thrilling coastal scenery on the drive down.

The spectacular Saklikent Gorge and the amazingly well-preserved ancient Lycian sites of Xanthos and Pinara are well-worth visiting, though just as popular with visitors is Kalkan’s mountainous hinterland. Many visitors hire a car and head to the village of Islamlar with its trout restaurants, or pretty Bezirgan, a highland village famed for its collection of “ambar”, little cedarwood huts used for storage. It’s also possible to take a local minibus up to Bezirgan and walk down the Lycian Way back to Kalkan (about three hours).

Equally popular are the range of excellent boat trips that can be taken from the harbour including a fascinating day viewing the historical sunken remains at Kekova and a day trip to Snake and Mouse islands (named after their shapes in case you were wondering) will set you back less than 15 euros to see some stunning natural beauty on offer at both islands. Plus there are loads of visits to local scenic bays and coves, some great diving/snorkelling points and popular locations for viewing the dramatic marine life with dolphins and turtles etc…

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Brilliant boat trips

 

For a terrific taste of what this beautiful region can offer the visitor check out this lovely film commissioned by the Turkish tourist authorities and promoted on the Matador network…

 

 

 

 

 

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