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Kalkan

A Town In Mediterranean Coast Of Turkey
It has small steep winding streets linking together with an authentic Turkish atmosphere, many tiny shops, cafe bars and restaurants.  You can sit back and relax on its pebble beach, sit and sip a cool drink in one of the bars and watch the day go by, or be as energetic as you want by enjoying the many watersport activities, boat trips or exploring the many wonders of the ancient ruins nearby by taking a day trip.
 
In the evening the streets become alive, the bars are buzzing with music to entertain you with a variety of different choices of music, a guarantee you will find one to suit you. Dine at one of the many restaurants and star gaze into the late night then wander home when it suits you.
 
You will find in Kalkan you will have the opportunity to book an organised trip, hire a car, visit the nearby towns, Kas which is 29 km along the coastline or for a bigger town try Fethiye 89km away with its famous Tuesday market! If you enjoy walking, the Lycian Way is marked out along its route through and around the Kalkan.
  
Remember, Kalkan is a maze of steep hills, who goes down MUST come back up!! Don't worry though, Kalkan has a very obliging taxi service for the faint hearted!
  
The tourist season in Kalkan starts the 1st May until 31st October, and the Council regulations prevent the noise of building during those times to make Kalkan a relaxing and inviting place to holiday.          

Although Kalkan is expanding year by year it still remains a charismatic place which people come back to year upon year.
 
Patara

Patara, The Gate
Patara situated at the mouth of the Xanthos River close to Kalkan. Patara was one of the six most important cities of Lycia and extremely wealthy too due to the trade that flowed through, it was accessed by means of its famous Patara port being the most major port of Lycia. Following its capture by Alexander the Great in 333 BC it became a key naval base.

The structure of the city of Patara still visible today includes an impressive Roman style triple arch, many sarcophagi, a bath complex, Byzantine basilica, an amphitheatre and the large Granary of Hadrian. Much of Patara remains undiscovered, buried beneath the sand, including the legendary Temple of Apollo.  Excavations continue revealing many structures and treasures previously hidden by the sand dunes.

In its Christian history period Patara became famous for being the city where St. Paul landed and worked during his third missionary passage en-route to Jerusalem. Patara is also known to be the birthplace of St. Nicholas c.300 A.D. Bishop of Myra and the future ‘Santa Claus’.

Today, Patara beach is often visited by the many visitors of Kalkan, Kas, Fethiye and the other tourist areas of the ‘Turquoise Coast’. It’s a place not be missed with its stunning countryside
and fantastic beach.  It is a protected national park and a home for many wildlife species and birds, Patara’s beach is also the breeding ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtle. The sandy beach with its sand dunes is 17km in length and bordered at each end by mountains, the splendid famous harbour of Patara is sadly now seen today as a large wet marshland.

 
Xanthos

Xanthos was seen as the greatest city of all the associated Lycian cities of its time. The city can be traced as far back to the 8th century from artefacts discovered on its site, some believe however even as early as the bronze age. It stands high in the Xanthos valley with the Xanthos River flowing close by.

The fall of Xanthos was seen to be one of a bloody and most distressing nature. Its people committed mass murder and suicide rather than be taken by force in war, this can be seen in its history on more than one occasion, first when the Persians attacked then later in 42 BC by Brutus and his men during the Roman civil war.

There are still many exciting ruins to be seen today at Xanthos including, the Harpy Tomb, the Pillar Tomb and the Xanthian Obelisk as well as an amphitheatre, the acropolis and many more.

Most of the archaeological finds can now be seen in the British museum, however what does remain can be viewed and explored. This site is close to Kalkan, Kas and Fethiye and many organised tours are happy to assist with its fascinating history.

Letoon

Letoon in its history was known as a safe haven to many with its most famous religious sacred grounds. It was not a large dwelling but had small settlements in the surrounding areas. It was also known as the meeting ground for pagan festivities and annual rituals until around the 5th century AD when Lycia was attacked by the Arabs and at around the same time when the area was beginning to be swallowed up by sludge brought in from the Xanthos River. Today the ruins and its fascinating in depth history can be seen and read at its historical site within easy reach from Kalkan.