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​7 reasons why Kalkan is the ultimate Mediterranean getaway

If you are wondering why you should visit Kalkan, know that many a better travelled foreign buyer, who developed a taste for finer things in life adores it. Steep rentals commanded on villas that sit on the turquoise coast are concrete evidence that holiday makers simply cannot get enough of this charming yet unspoilt Turkish Mediterranean corner. Kalkan property prices rise every year and holiday villa availability is fast diminishing. We expect a very strong resale market to emerge very soon with significant premiums charged to new comers. But let us find out what makes cosmopolitan Kalkan so special?

Kalkan in Turkey


Why Visit Kalkan: 7 Reasons


1: Mediterranean Exclusivity

Kalkan sits off the mainstream touristic trail because the Dalaman international airport is a good 1.5 hours’ drive away, and holiday package companies avoid it because there are no large hotels to jam clients in like sardines. You do not have to fight your way along the promenade when going for an afternoon stroll. Instead, Kalkan is what every Turkish town wants to be, refined, elegant, enchanting, and ensures that anyone visiting Turkey receives a warm welcome. Cobbled streets and the picturesque harbour speak of history and secrets. Luxury villas with infinity pools overlooking the Mediterranean are also some of Turkey’s best, and keep in with the town’s genteel character.

Kalkan Old Town


2. Leisurely Summer Nights

What could be more of a delight than dinner under the stars, in a rooftop terrace restaurant? Strolling along hand in hand through the town’s cobbled streets? During the day, lively streets and small stores make a roaring trade while boats bob along the harbour. Small shops and elegance boutiques open onto the cobbled streets. People sip coffee and eat baklava at the waterfront cafes. But night time, in my opinion, is when this romantic town shines. The nightlife allure is completely intoxicating with the stars reflecting off the water and the waves lapping against the harbour wall.


3. Capital Growth and Investment

On a more practical note (forget the stars for a second here), Kalkan’s exclusive reputation cemented its status as an expensive place on the Turkish Mediterranean coastline. Real estate is expensive - but with good reason. The high prices commanded peak in July and August which is why it is in such demand. Those who bought even two years ago saw gains of up to 20% on their villas in Kalkan. And prices continue to rise. Investors flock to pick up waterfront and any luxury holiday home available, confident of sky-high returns.


4. Rental Income in Kalkan

As with any exclusive resort, Kalkan’s in high demand with holidaymakers seeking rental properties, so they can lounge poolside in the Mediterranean sun. A limited number of luxury properties on the market (home owners tend to keep their villas close and their mansions closer) means buy-to-let properties during peak season earn eye-watering incomes. Expect roughly 7% yields per annum each year, which means if your home is worth Euro 500,000, you could earn a very healthy Euro 35,000 each year.


5. Breath-taking Views from Holiday Villas

Kalkan often receives praise for having the best Mediterranean Sea views. Many travellers, who holidayed in Italy’s Amalfi Coast and the French Riviera, say nothing they have seen compares to waking up to the sea view. The reason being is the elevated land status and scattered position of luxury villas encompasses the view from every opportunity, even when you are relaxing in your own infinity pool, and more so witnessing the sunsets that Kalkan is so famous for.

Kalkan views


6: Relaxation on the Turkish Riviera

This coastline belongs to the famous Turkish riviera and a private blue cruise or a one of the daily group boat trips are favoured activities. To sail along this stretch of coastline in a private yacht or gulet is to witness some great sites from antiquity, like the sunken city of Kekova. Additionally, scuba diving is big business in Kalkan, thanks to the marvellous shipwrecks and underwater sea life. Kalkan is a fantastic starting point for any of these activities. Nearby Kas’s marina, just 20 minutes’ drive away offers top facilities - and caters to the world’s greatest movers and shakers. Turkey is a must-see spot on every sailor’s itinerary - and Kalkan is slap bang in the middle of the coastline.

Kalkan Harbour


7: Lycian Way, Beaches and Natural Beauty Sites

Any hiker who enjoys long distance treks would do well to consider the 500-kilometre Lycian way. Working its way through many a pine forest, it includes ruins of ancient cities like Olympus, and the churches of Gemiler island. It starts from the Antalya region and finishes in Fethiye, but the Kalkan and Kas region covers a large distance of it. Alternatively, car hire is a great way to get active to see surrounding attractions like Patara, Turkey’s longest sandy beach, and Kaputas, that is one of the most photographed in the country. Also put on your list, archaeological sites like Xanthos, and Letoon, a UNESCO World Heritage gem. If car hire is not your idea of fun, sign up for an excursion sold by local tour shops.

Beach in Kalkan


Also of Interest

Mediterranean Turkey: So, we have given you enough reasons to visit Kalkan, but the Mediterranean stretch of coastline that it belongs to, is our favourite place in Turkey. In this article, we talk about notable towns, villages, and places of interest, what to see while there and where to go.

About Us: We are Property Turkey, a real estate agent with offices all over the country who have helped hundreds of buyers to find their dream home in Kalkan and other places. Call or email us today if you want to visit Kalkan, and invest in a holiday home or villa for permanent living.

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