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The road leads south-west from Akyaka on the Bay of Gökova to two peninsulas: the northerly Datça Peninsula with its dramatic scenery, and the craggy mountainous untamed tendrils of the Bozburun Peninsula. Unlike Marmaris, Bozburun and Datça’s mountains, woodland and coastal scenery have been heavily protected by conservation laws. The entire region is a living museum, providing an insight into life in rural Turkey much as it was 50 to 100 years ago. Even in the peak of summer, its beaches and interiors remain peaceful.Heavily wooded mountains – ideal for trekking – plunge down to a scattering of coastal villages and beaches. Remote ancient sites such as Amos, Loryma and Knidos wait to be explored. Village life is geared around agriculture, fishing and the building of the traditional gulet (still handmade in the boatyards of Sögüt, Selimiye and Bozburun). The sea is crystal-clear and there are some beautiful bays, providing plenty of opportunity for swimming and sunbathing. The are is also known for its exceptional fish restaurants. In short, this region provides an opportunity to get away from the crowds and experience a taste of the real, rural Turkey.
Kaş means ‘eyebrow’ and this charming small resort town, takes its name from the shape of the curved bay on which it sits. Much of Kaş’s past is still in evidence. In fact, if you stroll around the town, you’ll come across an ancient sarcophagus at the top of a street of small shops and the bay itself is backed by high cliffs that are dotted with rock tombs. Walk up to the old amphitheatre overlooking the bay, and watch the sun set. Kaş offers more than just a beach holiday. Steeped in culture, the region affords many opportunities for exploration of numerous cultural sites together with the surrounding dramatic mountain ranges. In addition, sporting enthusiasts are well catered for as Kaş is a centre for outdoor sports and provides a range of activities including paragliding, trekking, canyoning, sea kayaking and scuba diving. For those who simply want to relax, however, it is a lovely, sleepy town, where lazy days in the sea can be followed by laid-back evenings enjoying delicious local cuisine in the authentic restaurants.
Kalkan is an elegant harbour town set in the heart of the old Lycian region. It is relatively cosmopolitan, with wonderful restaurants and great places to stay. The Taurus Mountains - home to the nearby rural escape of Islamlar - provide a stunning backdrop, whilst the views across the bay are remarkable. This beautiful and sophisticated bougainvillea-covered harbour town is set in a breathtaking landscape in the heart of the old Lycian region.
Winding cobbled streets, colourful shops and excellent harbour-side or roof terrace restaurants and bars are combined with stunning views – whether you are looking up to the dramatic mountains behind the town, or down across the harbour to the broad sweep of the Mediterranean. We guarantee that you will never tire of this view! The many roof terraces are a highlight of the evenings, a time when Kalkan is at her best. You can dine by candlelight to the strains of jazz or classical music whilst admiring the stunning views across the tiled rooftops to the harbour and out to sea.
The ancient sites of Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara, Tlos and Patara are all close by. Meanwhile, Kekova, Demre, Myra, Phaselis, Olympos and Aspendos are slightly further afield, but still easily accessible.
With so much of interest in the surrounding regions and the town itself, Kalkan is a destination that encourages guests to return time and time again. Whether your interests are historical, cultural, epicurean or you just wish to relax, Kalkan is sure to satisfy. Kalkan has managed to retain that most elusive of mixtures – an authentic ambience with the relative sophistication that makes it an unusual, picturesque and uniquely welcoming destination.
Just to say that we had a fabulous time in Conversano - thank you so much for arranging such a great holiday We loved everything about Puglia and definitely want to go back soon so will be in touch to enlist your help. Thank you again and we will be in touch again.
Sian and Simon
Just to let you know that we love the hotel we are in and we are enjoying everything you recommended . Thank you so much for sending the book on the area and the very good map .... You are amazing travel agents with your attention to detail !
Dear all, Just a note to say thanks you for yet another well organised holiday, and a big thank you to Zekiye for the bottles of Red wine & fruit in our rooms, a very pleasant surprise (and lovely to finally meet her). I will be in touch re next year’s holiday soon.
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