I’ve lost count of the amount of times we’ve been to Kaş and, in the process, driven straight past Kalkan to get there. It’s just one of those places where we always meant to visit and never got round to it. You can see the bay as you drive along the main road at the top of the hill and my brain always half said, ‘Must go down that hill to Kalkan one day.’
Well, we finally got round to it in November.
Kalkan is much easier to reach from Fethiye now since the new road has been built. It means you can skip Yeşilköy (the bus still goes through Yeşilköy) and cut about 20 minutes off your journey whilst enjoying amazing views of open Mediterranean sea from the high mountainside road.
As it is the same road (the D400) as the Kaş road, the same advice applies as in my last Kaş post. Take your time to take in all the scenery – the Xanthos Valley and coastal views.
We’d like to return to Kalkan in season because there were only a couple of places open in November (as opposed to Kaş which was the busiest we’ve ever seen it) but what we saw was very pretty. Steep, cobbled streets, traditional buildings – its Greek past is very much in evidence.
These days, there’s obviously a lot of money around in the village because there’s a marked difference in prices compared to Fethiye. 1 lira for a postcard (I buy a postcard from every place I go to and stick them in a scrapbook).
Now you see, this might not seem a lot, but us Fethiyeites (or whatever we’re called) are used to getting a good few postcards for 1 lira! I was gobsmacked. Highly recommended for a visit though. If you’re like me and you like driving, you can visit Kalkan and Kaş easily in the same day.