Kalkan, Kaş – Antalya – Turkey

GPS : 36°15’40.2″N 29°24’54.2″E / 36.261165, 29.415048

VHF Channels : 16
Çataladası Lighthouse
GPS : 36°12’38.0″N 29°21’00.0″E / 36.210556, 29.350000
Focal Plane : 31 m, Tower Height : 6 m
Character : W. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 0.5 + 4.5
Visibility Range : 9 nautical miles

Call Sign : ” kalkan marina ”

Outer Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 36°15’40.0″N 29°24’52.5″E / 36.261102, 29.414569
Focal Plane : 10 m, Tower Height : 7 m
Character : R. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 36°15’42.8″N 29°24’53.0″E / 36.261891, 29.414712
Focal Plane : 7 m, Tower Height : 5 m
Character : G. FI. 5.0 Second, Flashing Character : 1.0 + 4.0
Visibility Range : 10 nautical miles

Kalkan is a charming seaside village just up the road a bit from Kaş. The old town’s cobbled streets are lined with colorful shops and outdoor cafes that lead down to the beach and the clear azure waters of the Mediterranean. You will find it difficult to resist the charms of Kalkan; whole days can evaporate just browsing the little shops or sitting in a cafe watching the world go by, people watching and taking in the views. The harbour itself is hemmed in by bars, restaurants and discos.

It has become a place preferred by many people now, with its clean boarding houses, and restaurants of fresh appetizers and fish. You can go to places of ruins in the whereabouts such as Patara, Letoon and Xanthos from here, see them and return by sailboats during the same day. The Harbor of Yeşilköy opposite Kalkan, is another good place of anchorage, too.

Kalkan. A quaint, charming, romantic, idyllic seaside village. Cobbled streets lined with shops and outdoor cafes lead down to the transparent azure waters of the Mediterranean and to Kalkan’s small marina where you will find gullets waiting to take you out for a day’s excursion to swim and lunch around the nearby small islands and bays. Kalkan is an old fishing town, and the only safe harbour between Kaş and Fethiye; it is famous for its white-washed houses, descending to the sea, and its brightly coloured bougainvilleas. It averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

The port is located NE of Yalı Bay between Ince Burun, opposite Yeşilköy Limanı. The breakwater and the harbor entrance is difficult to see from a far. By Meltemi wind the port is difficult because strong gusts effects entry. You can get berthed where it suits your boat. The boats are normally use visitors breakwater.

Kalkan is an old fishing town and the only safe harbor between Kaş and Fethiye, famous for its white houses, descending to the sea.

The yacht harbor and breakwater in Kalkan, which is exposed to the NW wind, is a secure shelter for yachts. The harbor has been completely renovated in recent years and is able to meet all your yachting needs.

Kalkan Limanı is on the NW corner of the bay. It affords adequate sheltering up to 30 boats from the southerlies. Strong southerlies send swell in. There is 5 to 9 m depth in the inlet. The bottom is sand. Anchor fore-and-aft, as there is little room to swing here, and try to avoid entangling your anchor with those of the craft lying on the opposite quays.

The yacht harbor’s depth are changes between 1 – 6 m. It is easy to enter and go out between the breakwater. There are no hazards in the entrance, though you are beam on to any swell if the winds are W/SW and there is not a lot of room to leeward since a swimming area is buoyed 50 metres off the beach.

Kalkan is exposed to the northwest wind and therefore, the yacht harbor and the breakwater here, serve as a safe shelter for the sailboats.

Berthing Options
Yachts moor on the SW quay, where there is room for about 12-14 yachts. Harbour staff will hail you on arrival and help you anchor moor back to the quay. The holding is mediocre here and you should aim to lay out at least 30 metres of chain. Absurdly, tripper gulets and dive boats moor on the quay at the end of the harbour, laying out their anchors at 90 degrees to the chains of yachts moored on the SW quay. One needs to be aware of this if planning to leave early. Also note there is a ground chain running down the middle of the harbour – decide either to lay your anchor short or well beyond the mid point and hope it digs in before the chain. Divers are readily availiable from the Gullets anchored on the north wall if you catch the chain.

Moorings : 50 yachts

Max. length : 40 meters
Max. depth : 6 meters

Outer Breakwater : 235 m
Inner Breakwater : 26 m

Port Facilities
Drinkable water, Electricity, Fuel, Bar, Restaurant, Market, Dressing room, Laundry, Shower, Internet, Wi-Fi
Garbage : The garbage is gathered up three times a day in.

Operation : Year round

Administration : Kalkan Fishery Products Cooperative

Shopping : Supermarkets, Shops, Stores, Markets
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Technical Equipment Shops
Accommodation : Pensions, Hotels, Motels, Apart Hotels, Rent Houses
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries, Fish Restaurants
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Health : Hospital, Health Centers, Pharmacies, Doctors, Nurses, Dentists
Hair dresser
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Night Clubs
Public Market : Every Thursday
Diving : Snorkeling facilities are impressive around the bay. Diving tours are arranged.
Bank ATM

Swim in crystalline blue waters, enjoy lunch on board and afternoon tea before returning to stroll the narrow streets of Kalkan lined with many small shops offering carpets, kilims, silver and gold jewelry, glass and pottery articles and various types of clothing.

For your “day on the beach” Kalkan offers you a choice : A large public beach stretches along the front but you will probably discover your own favorite spot somewhere along the coast. The water will always be sparkling clean. The village has a pebbly beach open to the public, but you may prefer swimming directly off the rock platforms available at the “Yacht Club” on the far side of the marina.

You may also choose a very original Kalkan “day-spender” formula : the beach clubs. These are platform beaches across the harbor, reached by frequent shuttle boat service from the marina. “The platforms” provide everything a holiday-maker can need or dream of, from a sophisticated tequila cocktail to beach mats. This formula is extremely popular among our visitors who will spend their holiday in one of these beach clubs. Every one has a favorite but all offer very good services. They are open all day long and even for dinner by candle light.

From Kalkan marina you can also go deep sea diving with licensed diving instructors or just lounge around and swim at the Yacht Club on the other side of the marina, lazily watching the boats slip in and out of the harbor.

Kaputaş Beach
Kaputaş Beach is a long beach between Kaş and Kalkan in southwestern Turkey. It is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kaş and 7 from Kalkan, at a point where an extremely narrow valley towered by steep cliffs and forests joins the sea shore in the cove of the same name as the beach (Kaputaş). The beach is quite popular among visitors to the region due to its untouched natural beauty commanded by a view from the heights traversed by Kaş-Kalkan road.

There are no fixed amenities in Kaputaş Beach, with only ambulant vendors who set up small stands selling snacks and hiring out sun umbrellas during the day. The beach is reached by stairs descending from the road and is guarded by the municipality of Kalkan. It is a favorite stopover for yachts along the Blue Cruise, although the open sea, and sometimes also the cove itself, can be quite unstable and wavy. The sea gets deep rather close to the beach in Kaputaş.


Three important Lycian cities – Xantos, Letoon and and Patara – are 30 km from Kalkan. You can hire a taxi to visit these sites, and enjoy swimming in turquoise waters.

Patara (Gelemiş Koyu)
Patara was the most important Lycian port, and one of its oldest cities. According to a legend, Pataros, the son of nympha of Apollon – founded Patara. Heredotus mentioned Patara in the 5th century B.C. The city was famous for the Oracle of Apollo, which “spoke” only in winter – it was believed that the summer oracle was in Delos. In 333 B.C., the city gave no resistance to Alexander the Great, in order to save itself from destruction. During the Roman Civil Wars of the 1st century B.C., the Lycians sided with Caesar against Pompeius. Brutus, who had assassinated Caesar in Rome, attacked Patara and demolished the city.

Then in the 2nd century, Patara became the judicial seat of the Roman governors, who again turned it into a port. From here the Roman fleet maintained its contacts with its eastern provinces. Patara was the birthplace of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra (Demre), who was the basis for Santa Claus. Key buildings to see in Patara are the triumphal arch, or Monumental Gate, which was at the entrance to the city, the theatre, the necropolis with Lycian and Roman tombs, and Hadrian’s granaries.

Xantos (Ksantos)
Xanthos, the capital city of the Lycian Federation, was built in the valley of the Xanthos River. There are no definitive records of the exact date of its founding. As mentioned in The Iliad, King Sarpedon crossed the Xanthos River with his soldiers – but no further details are given. Like other Lycian cities, Xanthos was an independent state until the Persians invaded. In 545 B.C., they surrounded the city. The residents bravely defended it, but realized that they could not resist the invasion nor the ruler, King Harpagos, the men of Xanthos gathered their wives, children, and possessions in the acropolis, set fire to all, then rushed out fighting, to die to the last man.

About 80 families, who were out of the city during these events, returned and rebuilt Xanthos. In 43 B.C., Brutus attempted to take control of Xanthos during the Roman Civil Wars. As before, Xanthians chose mass suicide over submission. The Romans later took control of Lycia, and repaired the destroyed city. Antonius, who defeated Brutus, took over Rome’s eastern territories and gave the Lycians their freedom. Following two catastrophic earthquakes, Lycia began to decline.

The spread of Christianity brought more social and cultural changes to Lycia, and many cities became Byzantine settlements. Xanthos itself was the seat of an archbishop in the 8th century. It was abandoned during the first wave of Arab raids, which eventually brought the Lycian civilization to a close. The most interesting ruins in Xanthos are the Roman theatre and the buildings. There is also an impressive monument, originally a sarcophagus, on a rock. The original relief is in the British Museum.

Letoon was the sacred cult centre of Lycia, dedicated to the goddess Leto. According to legend, Leto was loved by Zeus. She was chased away by the jealous Hera, but gave birth to twins (Apollo and Artemis) on the island of Delos. Another legend gives the birthplace as the source of the Xanthos River. In one story, shepherds angrily refused to let her drink from a fountain – in retaliation, she turned them into frogs.

The remains of two temples on the hillside, decorated with Doric friezes, date back to the 4th century B.C. The remains of the theatre can also be seen. The Byzantine church and Roman Nymphaeum are worth visiting. Like other Lycian cities, Letoon was ravaged by Arab raids. The area started to silt up with sand brought down by the Xanthos River.

Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.


Minibus : Kalkan – Kaş, Demre
Bus : Kalkan – Antalya, Fethiye
Airport : Dalaman International Airport, Antalya International Airport, Gazipaşa International Airport

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