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Location of Altin
Great Things to Do Near Altin
It's part of a huge national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta). Only about a 15 minute stroll from some of the major ruins, even in the height of the summer it is never crowded. The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful.
Canoeing on the Xanthos river
Enjoy a fun day river canoeing on the Xanthos river. You can travel across ancient Lycian lands of lush and tranquil nature. The ride is downstream, so it's not hard going. The journey ends at Patara beach with time for a swim.
Visit Kas town
Less than an hour's drive away, enjoy the laid back charm of Kas as an alternative to the busier atmosphere of Kalkan. This small fishing village at the foot of the Taurus mountains retains an unhurried ambience.
Explore the back streets of Kalkan
Wonderful atmospheric narrow streets that house a mixture of shops, coffee bars, restaurants with traditional overhanging wooden balconies above and enjoy wandering around.
Trekking in the mountains behind Kas is where you will find some of the most beautiful scenery in the Taurus range. Below the tree line and winter snow are the yayla (highland plateaus). Trek through canyons, gorges and passes - many of these gorges were important trade routes, some still in use, some completely forgotten, though all at one time jealously guarded.
Stepping down to Kaputas Beach
In an unspoilt, idyllic setting, Kaputas Beach, much smaller than Patara, is only accessed by 192 steps down - so make sure you can manage the climb back up at the end of the day!
See the ancient site of Xanthos
It was one of the six principal cities of Lycia and it is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey and has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Of note are the pillar tombs (unique to Lycia) and the Harpy column tomb
Try Sweet Treats
Try one of the rich, gooey Turkish pastries, rich in honey, raisins, nuts and cinnamon and layered in Filo pastry - along with a Turkish coffee to clear the palate. Kalkan's harbour front is the best place to enjoy this indulgence!
Cross over to Greece
Take the opportunity to visit the closest Greek island to Turkey, Kastolorizo, just 3.5 nautical miles off the coast of Kas. After a short but scenic crossing explore the delights of this quaint Greek fishing village, including the local museum, church and mosque. Wander round the white washed back streets before enjoying a lunch on the harbour front. Don't forget your passport!
Ride horses through the sand dunes of Patara
There are stables within the Patara National Park that cater for riders and non-riders of all ages and ability. Due to the strict conservation laws there is not a building to be seen, which is what makes this beach so special - endless golden sands, surrounded by nature, so it's perfect for an early morning ride enjoying the beautiful scenery!
Try Delicious Turkish Food
Mezes are traditionally appetizers or snacks and a great way to sample a selection of different foods, there are 40 different type of kebabs in Turkey but the most popular is the traditional street kebab, the large rotating skewers of meat slowly cooked then sliced into strips and placed in a wrap with salad. Kofte meatballs are a popular street food and served with rice and salad, slight differences in regional recipes are found throughout the country. Kumpir (baked potato) filled with a variety of ingredients can easily be found in beach side cafes, a twist on the type of baked potato served in the UK.
Visit the ancient ruins at Patara, active restoration works are under way at the site of this ancient city. The assembly hall has been reconstructed, see the Roman amphitheatre, aqueducts, mosaics and triumphal arch. Close to Patara beach makes this an easy outing to combine with a refreshing dip in the sea and relaxing after exploring this historic site.
Great things to buy in Turkey are spices, traditional mosaics and gourd lamps, beautiful ceramic artworks, sweet treats, pottery, Turkish tea and traditional glasses, gold jewellry, rugs and of course the Turkish evil eye beads to ward off evil.
|Kalkan Old Town||20 mins|
|Kalkan Beach Club||22 mins|