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Alternatives to Kalkan

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Alternatives to Kalkan

Much as we love Kalkan, we are about to take our 12th trip there and feel that we really ought to try another part of Turkey next year.

We intend staying a few days in Istanbul followed by say 10 days in a coastal resort, preferably not too big a place, but not "the back of beyond" either.

Have been to Turunc (didn't like much apart from stunning scenery) and Akyaka (not bad). Can anyone suggest somewhere with the same sort of atmosphere as Kalkan and, most importantly, a similar standard of restaurants? Have visited Dalyan and Fethiye area many times so would not want to stay there either - nothing wrong with the places, just want to try somewhere new.

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1. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Mmmmm - tough one....Blynda.!! I agree with you about Turunc - often called a mini Kalkan - but give me Kalkan any day....

How about Gocek? Other than that - I think you might have to look more to the bodrum area - but I do not know that area. Cirali nearer Antalya is nice too - but I think that might be nearer your 'back of beyond' as it is very rural quiet, small and peaceful and not much in the way of restaurants shops that you get in Kalkan...sorry that is a difficult one to answer as you have been to the others I would have recommended.

If you don't get any luck - perhaps try a posting in the Bodrum area forum..??

good luck with your search..

Cheers!

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İn the Bodrum area Yalikavak has it's ardent followers for good reasons.Nice place but go there quickly as it is just starting to become a little bit too touristy.Just down the road is Gumusluk which is really the closest to Kalkan İ can think of here in terms of scenery and atmosphere and it has restaurants famous all over Turkey.İt really is lovely and the larger towns of Turgutreis and Bodrum are only short bus rides away when you want somewhere a bit larger for a day out.Both are less than an hour transfer from the airport.Bitez is also worth considering too.All on one level if Kalkans hills are starting to get to you now!A nice beach and a nice laid back evening scene and again close to Bodrum.

Also maybe consider places like the small resorts close to İzmir such as Foca or İlica but not Kusadasi.

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3. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Cirali ( Çıralı ) is a very lovely and unspoilt area...with Olimpos Roman ruins scattered in a pine forest, a secluded 4km non-touristy beach, fertile fields, and the Chimaera, the world's oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame". Also a natural nesting-ground for carretta carretta (loggerhead turtles).

Cirali tends to draw more families and mature toursits...the hotels and pensions are anywhere from 150m - 750 meters from the beach. All within a 5-10 minute walk.

as seen here with my photos.

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an article....from the Zaman newspaper...Charmed in Çıralı

www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do…

So what makes Cirali so special ?? !!! It is protected by the WWF and limits the amount development in the area.

It is not over crowded with 5 star hotels or loud bars etc. Just a nice place to have a quiet holiday. Most if not all travellers to Cirali book their own flights and acommdations directly with Cirali hotels or pansiyons.

Just so you know the area..cirali is located about 80kms southwest from Antalya..about 1.5 hrs from the Antalya airport..

check out google maps;

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293969-i367-k2260…

and then click on the Satellite version

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293969-i367-k2249…

But Cirali may not be for everyone as it does not have the waterparks, horseback riding, parasailing etc etc but it is close by to the town of Kemer ( a resort ) that has many of these types of activities. You can rent a jeep, quad bikes, bikes etc to explore the nature and there are even some organized tours available as well but not to the grand scale that they are in other places.

And lastly yes you can easily take the buses to visit the nearby towns of Tekirova, Kemer and the city of Antalya for a day trip....if they got bored..

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4. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Felicity I have NEVER heard Turunc called a mini Kalkan, and despite having lived there would shout anyone down that said that.

However I do think the Bozburun peninsular does is much more beautiful than any of the areas around Kalkan, and most of it less comercialised. Places like Orhaniye, Selimiye and Kumlubuk would be worth a look- but don't expect your roof top restaurants etc, more countryside, lovely beaches and a handful of nice restaurants. Less British, more Turkish tourists in the height of season.

Re Turunc I think the comparisons with Kalkan, came when Tapestry Holidays featured both resorts, in the same manner that Fiscardo in Kefalonia got labelled a mini Kalkan....far from it!

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5. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Yes, the Bozburun Peninsular is beautiful - and I loved Selimiye - but I think if Kalkan is your sort of thing then it would be just too quiet.

What about Datca? The old town is attractive, nice at night with some nice shops etc, and a lot of restaurants and bars to choose from. Some nice small boutique hotels within walking distance - only problem is it is a bit of a transfer from nearest airport.

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6. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Thanks very much everyone for your replies. We had looked at Cirali - may go there for a few days but it might be a little quiet.

Bodrum peninsula sounds good - I did meet someone in Kalkan a few years back who recommended Yalikavak so we may well investigate that.

We visited Datca when we stayed in Akyaka which was lovely, but a bit isolated in a "one road in, one road out" kind of way. Seemed more of a stopping off place for yachts and gulets sailing round the Bodrum peninsula, but stunning scenery.

Will do a bit more research - thanks again.

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7. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

blynda9..I have an idea for you..stay a few nights like you say in Istanbul..then fly to Antalya..rent a car..and spend the 10 days visiting many of the places mentioned already..

The entire coastline of Antalya ranging from the city of Antalya to Fethiye is a wonderful way to spend a vacation. And some with spendid beaches. Here are some great places to visit south west from Antalya - Phaselis, Cirali, Myra, Demre, Kekova, Ucagiz, Kalekoy, Kas, Xanthos, Patara, Telmessos, Fethiye, Oludeniz, and Kayakoy and beyond..

Then fly back from Dalaman to the UK or Istanbul..

with a rental car this gives you freedom to go where ever the road may take you..

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8. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

would never have thought Turunc as a mini kalkan.

Been to both and prefered Turunc; would return there but probably not to Kalkan...

each to their own

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9. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

You might try Göcek, it's classier than Kalkan (we've had the Turkish President, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Boris Johnson here this year!). It's also only 20/30 minutes from Dalaman Airport.

There are no beaches, but you can get a boat over to Göcek Island and also do a 12 islands cruise or visit the nearby beaches at Inlice or Katrance.

There are plenty of restaurants, slightly cheaper than Kalkan's (though the wine is a bit more expensive), some nice boutique hotels and it's on the flat!

Have a look at my photos on TA.

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10. Re: Alternatives to Kalkan

Thanks again for your replies everyone - we are off to Kalkan on Tuesday.

Everyone I meet lately who has just been to Turkey tell me it's very expensive! Kalkan always was expensive - we'll see just how much next week.