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Places of Interest

Kaputaş Beach is below the D400 road around 2 miles east of Kalkan, heading towards Kaş.This beach is spectacularly blue and this is caused by the high mineral content from the rocks  Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent for a small fee,laid out in summer season. Parking is limited to a few cars along the road and in laybys,so an early arrival is advisable . The beach is situated down a steep cliff side and there are about 200 steps so not suitable for everyone. Kaputaş Beach has a cafe and toilets new this year 2016. There are dolmas’s that go to the beach from Kalkan bus station. Tell the driver where you’re going and he’ll drop you off at the entrance. And of course, make sure you check the bus times to get back!  A must visit if you are staying in the area.

 

Patara Beach is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches near the ancient Lycian city of Patara. The 18 kilometres (11 mi)-long Patara Beach is the longest in its region . The beach has soft sand and shallow sea. It is one of the places that sea turtles leave their eggs. Because of this, the beach is under protection. There is a cafe,toilets showers on the beach,with Sunchairs and umberellas to hire for a small fee. There is a carpark and you can easily pick up a dolmus from Kalkan bus station for just a few lira. You can also stroll around the village of Patara before or after your beach trip where there are cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Patara beach is stunning and makes an enjoyable visit as well as the nearby ancient ruins of Patara. Part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta).  Luckily the beach has been declared off-limits for development because of the turtles, they are nearing extinction and protection of their nesting sites on the Turkish coast is very important.  The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs as it is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey.

 

Saklikent Gorge Is about 20/30 mins away from kalkan.  It is 18km long and 300m deep; one of the deepest canyons in the world. It was opened to the public as a national park in 1996 and it has since proven very popular with tourists. There is a small entrance fee .Sea shoes are ideal but if you don’t have any, jelly shoes can be hired at the entrance for a small fee, although may not be as comfortable as your own.When you have finished walking through the gorge, you can take a leisurely wander around the little shops lining the riverside, selling novelty gifts, honey, jewellery etc. Across the other side is a cafe/restaurant and there are platforms above the water where you can relax with a Turkish tea, Efes or an ice cream and dip your feet in the cool water.

 

The Lycian Way is a 540 km, 29-day way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The trail consists mainly of Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails, often hard and stony underfoot, not suitable for mountain bikes. Lying between the coast and mountains, it often has steep gradients. It was researched, designed and waymarked by Kate Clow, a British/Turkish amateur historian, in 1999. Turkey’s first long-distance walking route, it was made in order to identify and protect some of Turkey’s old roads.
The start point, at Oludeniz, is 2 hours from Dalaman airport and the end point is near the international airport at Antalya. There is good public transport all along the trail and opportunities to swim, canoe or paraglide.
Trekking is best in spring or autumn – February-May or September-November – summer in Lycia is too hot for long walks. Except for 3 high-level sections, every night you can find accommodation in village houses, pensions or small hotels. Independent trekkers will find plenty of wild camping places with nearby water.