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Very tempted to book for Kalkan for next year

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Very tempted to book for Kalkan for next year

We are goin back to Olu Deniz for the 3rd time this year but i fancy booking for Kalkan for next year so i want all the information i can get about the resort is it touristy is there loads of shops and restaurants so any body that stayed there please let me know we tried to get to Kalkan last year but got lost in Fethiya determined to this year

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1. Re: Very tempted to book for Kalkan for next year

Kalkan is very different to Olu. Lots of British go there and many of them travel independently.

Kalkan has expanded during the time we've been going there (since 2000) - but we still love it. It's a beautiful place, quite hilly and the main street going down towards the harbour is usually pretty busy. Most of the hotels tend to be slightly outside the town centre, or on the Kalamar Road which is one of the roads leading away from the centre. There are also plenty of private villas/apartments to rent - you could get details of these via a websearch.

I wouldn't say it was "touristy" but there are plenty of shops and restaurants, many of them offering high quality goods/services (in other words - can be expensive compared to other areas of Turkey!). We've driven down to Olu many times over the years and much prefer Kalkan as we love the atmosphere of the place and our evenings are mainly spent enjoying one of the excellent restaurants.

Not too much to do for younger people - a few music bars/beach clubs and we find that visitors tend to be mostly over 35's. Very small children would probably love it as there is a small beach in town (pebble) and the water is clear and shallow.

We've taken many friends to Kalkan and every one of them loved it. We don't go every year now - too many other places to see - but will definitely go back in the future.

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2. Re: Very tempted to book for Kalkan for next year

Go for it Lesleywood. Book a holiday to Kalkan, you will not regret it.

Is the resort touristy? Yes and no. There is obviously a well organised and developed tourist infrastructure present, however it will not be as touristy as OLU DENIZ. Most of the tourists are from Britain, so the local tradesmen, restaurant owners speak English. It is not extremely commercialised. No drunken louts or football shirts. The visitors are mainly young families, middled aged couples, the respectable types. There is nightlife for the young, but it is not crazy and frantic.

Are there lots of shops and restaurants? Yes, plenty. Supermarkets, gift shops, beach equipment shops, bookshops, fake designer handbag shops. Clothes shops. The restaurants are out of this world, the best I have encountered in Turkey outside of Istanbul. As Kalkan is hilly, the restaurants take advantage of this, and locate their premises in places where you can have a spectacular vista of the town, or the sun as it sets over the sea.

Highly recommended.

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3. Re: Very tempted to book for Kalkan for next year

We stayed in Hisaronu a couple of years ago and spent some time in Oludeniz. We tried Kalkan last year on a friends recommendation and we are going back this year.

I can't say anymore that has already been said other than give it a go, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Just be prepared for the hills when booking a villa/hotel. If you check out the views pictured it will give you an idea just how high up you are. Even though we had been warned that Kalkan was hilly we didn't appreciate just how much!

Having said that it hasn't put us off returning again.

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