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Kalkan is spectacularly beautiful. It really is a gem of the Turkish coast, and has not been significantly blighted by the nightclubbing, hen partying or staggering inebriated Brits with vertiginous heels and a chavvy attitude. OK, this may be snobbish, but frankly, those aren't the people to have around on a sun-kissed romantic holiday and Kalkan definitely isn't the place for them!
The town sits on a steep hill, overlooking the wide, calm Kalkan bay. It has a small harbour brimming with pleasure craft and tour boats, and countless lovely beach and harbour front restaurants and many more roof terrace restaurants as you climb upwards away from the sea.
There are numerous pretty boutiques, bag shops, Turkish linen stores, and artisan crafts in the Old Town as well as the regular shops you expect to find with Turkish delight, gorgeous glass lamps, and hand made jewellery.
In the late evening some of the bars become dance clubs, but unless you stand close by, they have little impact on the noise of the crickets and the murmur of conversation from restaurants and the shops which tend to stay open until after midnight.
The beach itself is shingle, it's not large, but there always seemed to be space there. It is safe, clean and very attractive with crystal clear water, and a demarcated safe swimming area to protect swimmers from passing boats. Sunloungers and umbrellas are available for a small fee. As a suggestion, if you are planning on using the beach regularly, it would be worth spending a couple of lira on waterproof beach shoes to use there as the gravel makes you go 'ooh ouch' when you walk across it! You can use the shoes in the water as well and they are rather fab if you want to climb on slippery rocks or peek in rock pools.
The newer part of Kalkan contains many budget hotels and apartments as well as standalone villas with spectacular views out across the sea. Here you will find the larger supermarkets - try the one under Deniz Bank which is by far the largest in Kalkan and stocked with everything you need to self cater and kill mosquitoes at remarkably reasonable prices. There are also walk in bank branches and the Thursday market (not to be missed) as well as numerous restaurants where your meal will set you back significantly less than you will pay at the harbour or in the old town.
As with other parts of Turkey, Kalkan can be a little prone to power cuts. These can last a couple of hours or for just a few minutes. A recommendation would be to have some candles and a conveniently placed lighter in your accommodation where you can put your hand on them easily if you arrive back in the dark. The restaurants and bars are very geared up for power cuts - some have their own generators - and somehow the food just keeps coming out of the kitchen even if the rest of the restaurant is lit purely by candles. If the lights do go out, take a moment to check out the stars as the milky way can be seen very clearly on a beautiful summer evening.