We talk a lot about the best family friendly resorts in Turkey and where do groups of friends go for a lively holiday, but do we ever think about the most romantic resorts? The ones that couples yearn for to have some “us time”, it was something that I was asked about a few days ago “is Kalkan a romantic resort? As we are looking to book our honeymoon” My reply “it’s the best in Turkey”. If you have never discovered the delights in Kalkan you really must try it, it’s perfect for couples of all ages who need to relax and maybe reconnect with each other. Obviously this couple don’t need too as they are going for their honeymoon but how many of us need sometime alone with our loved one in a gorgeous romantic setting?
Idyllic Kalkan is known as one of the most picturesque resorts in Turkey, this lovely historic town is set in a bay along the Mediterranean coastline. Many say it is the gem in Turkeys crown and they are not wrong, I have never heard anyone who has visited Kalkan give anything but glowing reports of how truly beguiling it is. This market town is charming with its pretty narrow streets that lead down to the bay where you will be met by panoramic views of the crystal clear turquoise sea. Indeed many who have visited Kalkan have fallen in love with it and have invested in their own holiday home so they can return often to their own little piece of paradise. Delightful white washed houses are bedecked with deep pink and vibrant purple bougainvillaea giving splashes of colour as they creep up their walls.
This is where you can forget the stress and strains of everyday life and even if it’s just for 2 weeks, here you will find peace and calm especially if you love a day at the beach. It truly is a beach lover’s delight as Kalkan is awash with white sandy beaches with many of them being amongst the best in Turkey. Patara and Kaputas beaches are favourites along with superb beach clubs serving delicious dishes and the very best cocktails you can find – this is how to relax, soak up the sun and let your mind wander – just chill!
When its time for a thrills and excitement you will find an array of great water sports based activites along the bay including scuba diving; speed boat trips, water skiing, wake boarding and mono-skiing, Jet Ski and paddle boarding plus numerous relaxing boat trips around the bay. Everyone partakes in a spot of shopping whether it’s for souvenirs to take home or gifts for friends and loved ones. However Kalkan has some fabulous shops where you can buy ceramics and carved wood pieces, fine art prints and original work, many are by local artists. There are some fabulous jewellery shops showcasing brilliant diamonds and stunning gold pieces of jewellery so why not spoil yourself with your own present! It is also popular for engagements and weddings so if you play your cards right maybe your loved one will pop the question whilst your there!
In days gone by Kalkan was an old fishing town and is now home to a very pretty harbour with a superb selection of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars and of course fresh fish is the speciality, locally caught it has got to be the dish of the day. In the evenings the harbour and surrounding areas come alive with acoustic guitars and soft music creating a rather romantic mood to enjoy a glass of bubbly or dine al fresco where you can sit and relax and immerse yourself in the wonderful ambience. After a delicious dinner and a stroll around the harbour why not put you’re dancing shoes on and visit one of the many clubs or head straight over to a cocktail bar where jazz will set the tone the rest of the evening. Slow dancing by candlelight is most definitely on the menu.
Kalkan offers a delicious experience, it appeals to couples in particular who prefer to rent a private apartment or villa as it gives them space, freedom of movement and privacy. This is good news for investors in Kalkan properties as they can make excellent rental returns on their holiday homes when not using for themselves. Once visited it’s never to be forgotten and you may just decide to by a love nest of your own, enjoy it!