Holidaymate Reveals New Holiday Deals for Those Looking for More Than the Usual Sun and Sea Getaway  

by Pool Builders on 02-13-2013 in Articles

Cheap Turkey holidays have created a resounding boom in the Turkish tourist trade in recent years. As such, holiday resorts are catering to more and more jet setters looking to soak up a bit of the beautiful Mediterranean sun. While this might be just what the doctor ordered for many, others may be searching for somewhere a little more off the beaten track, where they can relax away from the bulk of the tourist crowds without compromising their Turkey holiday experience. If this is you, then Kalkan could be the ideal solution.

Once an Ottoman and Greek fishing town, Kalkan has strived to balance the need for tourist success with a firm commitment to retaining its historical roots and feel. As such, the authenticity of this peaceful little area, curled rather picturesquely around a quaint harbour, has remained distinctly untouched by its international appeal as a tourist town. With its original architecture intact and well-protected, and welcoming inhabitants eager to please visitors with traditional Turkish hospitality, Kalkan’s popularity as a resort that offers something a little bit different (yet still spectacular) is richly deserved.

With the glorious backdrop of the Taurus Mountains overlooking Kalkan, there are a fantastic variety of different ways to enjoy the sun and scenery. For those looking to spend a bit of time unwinding on the beach, there are several located around Kalkan, easily reachable by the regular Dolmus (Turkish minibus) which leave from Kalkan’s town centre. One such beach is the stunning (and often photographed) Kaputas beach, set at the foot of a mountainous gorge and absolutely ideal as a peaceful little swimming cove with a splendid view across the clean and vibrantly colourful waters.

As access to this beach involves a long descent down steps, those with walking difficulties might consider one of Kalkan’s six beach clubs as a perfect alternative. Spend the day on platform terraces in the sun; complete with cafes, bars, restaurants and sunbeds all with ladders leading down to the ocean for a relaxing swim should you need to take a dip to cool off. If you are in the mood for something a bit more adventurous, then some water sports (including parasailing and jet skiing) and snorkelling are available to enjoy at your leisure. Kalkan is also a well renowned scuba diving location, with a diverse variety of marine life on display in amongst the surrounding islands and reefs.

For those looking to explore the surrounding waters with the option of staying dry (although snorkelling is involved and thoroughly recommended), there are daily boat and gulet (wooden yacht) trips from Kalkan’s harbour. The trips tour the various bays and caves only accessible via the sea, including food served on board as well as drinks and breaks for you to jump into the sea for one of the most refreshing and complete day experiences around. Other tours visit the magnificent island of Kekova, an extremely popular and desirable location on the Turkish coast well worth the effort to see at least once during your stay.

So, with all this in mind, market specialists Holidaymate offer an excellent choice of accommodation options to Kalkan. The respectable two star Dyonysia Hotel, located very close to Kalkan, procures breath-taking views of the sea and harbour from its rooms, with the property also containing gardens with olive trees and bougainvillea shading the restaurant and bar. There is also a swimming pool complete with sunbeds to allow you to spend the day relaxing at poolside. Another option is the four-star Happy Hotel Kalkan located in the bay of Kalamar about one kilometre from Kalkan (with easy transportation to and from the resort). With standard, deluxe and suite rooms all available, the hotel has an impressive range of facilities including a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, pool bar, children’s playground, patisserie and a lobby with a stunning panoramic view of Kalamar bay.

Kalkan is an unmissable getaway experience, a paradise for those who want to dodge the tourist season crowds without compromising on any of the numerous things which make a Turkey holiday so delightful and unforgettable.

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