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Five reasons Kalkan is Turkey’s most sophisticated town

Isolation breeds exclusivityRestaurants in Kalkan
Compared with other resorts which are within easy reaching distance of the airport, Kalkan is gloriously out-of-the-way. It takes almost 1.5 hours to reach the town from Dalaman Airport, and boy, aren’t the locals pleased about that? Kalkan avoids the tourist hordes and the package holiday tours. Its cobbled streets are quiet. You can whisper sweet nothings to your companion over dinner instead of shouting over a rabble of restaurant revellers. You can wander around Kalkan’s boutique shops without sharpening your elbows beforehand. And you will always find a seat in your favourite cafe.

Investment and rental
Kalkan’s exclusivity, coupled with its reputation for a sophisticated lifestyle, means rental property is in hot demand. Kalkan designer villa owners are earning up to 10% of their property value each year in rental income, with some properties booked up to three years in advance. Of course, the better the villa the higher the rental. The best rentals tend to be modern builds with sweeping open sea views and private pools. The areas closest to Kalkan’s centre are the most popular with renters: Ortaalan, which perches above the harbour; Kisla, a seaside suburb a short walk from the Old Town; and quiet Kalamar Bay where prices are slightly lower than the town centre. Kalkan property values are rising quickly, at around 10% each year. Wise investors have cottoned onto this pretty quickly, quietly buying up some of the best property for sale in Kalkan.

Contemporary property
Kalkan homes are some of the most spectacular in the Mediterranean. Modern designs incorporate huge windows, large terraces and light-filled living areas to allow residents to relish the Mediterranean sunshine. Privacy is key in Kalkan, and luxury villas are in hot demand thanks to their  ‘hidden’, exclusive aspect. Private pools, hidden terraces, spacious landscaped gardens. The best property is found a short walk from the cobbled streets of Kalkan’s Old Town. As you walk up the hill (a stiff walk for even the fittest among us) Kalkan housing prices drop - but so does rental income as renters are reluctant to make the climb in the blazing sun.

Mediterranean lifestyleViews over Kalkan
With its quiet cobbled streets, rooftop restaurants where patrons dine under a canopy of stars, gently bobbing boats in the harbour and its Mediterranean feel, Kalkan is a world away from the noise and bustle of Turkey’s more popular resort towns. If you’re after all-day happy hour, noisy karaoke or wet t-shirt competitions, look elsewhere. Kalkan’s old-world-meets-luxury atmosphere is in a league of its own.

Incredible coastline
If you can drag yourself away from your private pool, the coastline surrounding Kalkan is simply incredible. Patara Beach, with its 20km of white sand,  is right on your doorstep. The lovely Kas peninsula makes for a great day trip (and sailing enthusiasts can moor their boats at the exquisite Kas marina). There are cruises and sailing tours, and some of the best diving to be found in Turkey.

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