Kalkan holidays – Completely unspoiled, charming and lush
The sleepy town of Kalkan is an enchanting destination, just down the coast from Kas and probably one of the prettiest resorts on this part of Turkey’s splendid Turquoise Coast. Mass tourism is definitely not the name of the game here - it’s as far from the likes of Marmaris as you can get - and Kalkan holidays deliver something a bit different from the crowd. It’s charming and unspoiled, a luscious green place with brilliant clean, clear azure seas, rich in fascinating history and beautiful architecture, offering a traditionally warm and friendly Turkish welcome.
The Guardian newspaper says it all, calling the resort the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs! It’s more sophisticated than most resort towns and offers much more than the usual sun, sea and sand, although there’s plenty of that too. Think Tuscany and you get the picture. The magnificent Taurus Mountains form a dramatic the backdrop to this lovely place that’s popular with couples, families and those who like something a bit different.
When to go to Kalkan
Holidays to Kalkan are well served by charter and scheduled flights all year round, with more flights available to Antalya airport in winter, although with longer transfer times than the summertime favourite, Dalaman airport. As you’d expect it’s much busier during the school holidays, Easter and half terms included, and quieter and cheaper off-peak in spring, autumn and winter. Luckily the weather is glorious right through from April to October. Watch out for high average temperatures and humidity during July and August – many people prefer June and September when it’s a little cooler and less sticky, but still absolutely lovely.
The weather in Kalkan
In July and August package holidays to Kalkan deliver daytime temperatures of up to 33C with corresponding high humidity and night time temperatures seldom falling below 19C. Either side of the school summer break it is cooler and less humid, but still reaches 29C and 30C respectively during the day, 17C at night. September carries on just like high summer, with daytimes hitting 30C and 17C at night. And October is fabulous too, 25C during the day and falling to 13C after dark. Expect as much as 13-14 hours of sunshine a day between June and August, tailing off either side to ten hours in April and eight in October.
Getting the best deal to Kalkan
It’s more or less inevitable that peak time holidays cost more than off-peak when the kids go back to school. But you can still find great late deals, cancellations and last minute deals for flights and accommodation if you shop around. You’ll discover some of the best Kalkan deals below. Alternatively take a tour of our special late deals offers and travel for less! You can even track down really good winter holiday deals, for a lovely mellow climate and a peaceful stay.
Airport and transport need to know
In winter there are more flights available to Antalya airport (AYT) although transfer times are much longer at around four hours. At peak times Dalaman airport (DLM), with its smart new terminal designed to deal with millions of visitors smoothly and efficiently, is your first destination. You can fly direct to Dalaman airport from all sorts of major and regional British airports including Gatwick Stansted and Luton, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield, Belfast international and Edinburgh.
The local buses run from the bus station six miles from the airport so it’s probably best to catch a cab or shuttle bus. Your journey time is around an hour and three quarters and it’ll cost about £360 return per vehicle for a private taxi for 1-4 people and £90 return per person in a shared shuttle bus. If you hire a car, prepare for a spectacular journey and drive on the right, bearing in mind the locals love nothing better than to drive fast!