Kas Kalkan Patara

Kas Kalkan Patara


Three delighful resorts on one of Turkey most beatiful and least developed stretches of coastline !
Travelling South from Fethiye along the shores of the Mediterranean, the coastline undergoes a subtle change character undiscovered exactly, but certainly quieter and less developed than areas to the north and east. Beaches such as those to be found at Patara, and at Kaputas near Kalkan, are fantastic, and the whole area is littered with the remains of ancient cities just waiting to be explored. Architectural sites not to be missed include Xanthos, Letoon and Patara, and other excursions highlights include the spectacular Saklikent Gorge, so narrow that the water is icy-cold, even in summer and the Blue Cave, just a short distance from both Kalkan and Kas.
Koral Travel offers you a choice of three resorts along this beautiful coastline-Kas, a delightful village built around a lovely harbour at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. Kalkan, a charming resort with an attractive marina which looks just as the perfect Mediterranean harbour should. Finally Patara, a small village rich in historical associations, set slightly inland from what is without doubt the finest beach in Turkey. http://www.transfersturkey.com Transfer times from Dalaman Airport to Kas approx 3 hrs 45 mins to Kalkan approx 3 hours to Patara approx 2 hours 30 mins.
KAS
Kas is a delightful village with a vaguely Bohemian atmosphere, reminiscent of the days when was purely of the backpacker. There are two beaches, named Little Pebble Beach and Big Pebble Beach whilst from the harbour, local boats will ferry you to secluded bays where the crstal-clear water must be one of most tempting invitations you have ever had to go for a swim. Kaputas Beach too is easily accessible by dolmus. Behind the village there are rock tombs literally cut into the cliff face, attractively illuminated at night and one of the most pleasant ways to spend an evening to discover a rooftop restaurant for alfresco dining. Some of our properties are situated in tranquil, rural areas on the Kas Peninsula and boast beautiful views but, due to their location, taxis are often the only means of transpor available for trips into Kas. These properties also may not be suitable for people with mobility diffuculties.
PATARA
Patara is superb combination a truly unspoilt 18 kms-long expanse of cream-coloured sands, backed by the ancient ruins of Patara, currently under excavation extensive sand dunes and the Taurus Mountains. Theres little development at the beach a conservation area to protect the loggerhead turtles who lay their eggs here-just a few places to provide refreshments. Parasols and beach mats are also available. Indeed, all this perfection has resulted in Patara being recently voted in The Sunday Times as not only the best beach in Turkey, but quite simply the very best beach in the world! You?ll find a couple of restaurants about a kilometre from the sea, but to ensure the ınique character of the beach area is maintained, most accommodation is located in the village centre itself, about 2.5 kms from the beach. There is a regular dolmus service between the two in case you don?t feel like walking in the hot sun. The ancient city of Patara was, during Roman times, one of the most Important ports in the region of Lycia, It Is located at the mouth of the Koca Cayi, the Xanthos River of antiquity. The site is east of Antalya, about a hundred and twenty kilometers from the town of Finlke. HISTORY OF PATARA : Patara flourished during the Roman period; It was the seat of the Roman governor to Lycia. The once famous port city noted for Its beauty and for the oracle of Apollo there, which was productive only during the winter months, is now a marsh, silted up with the erosion of centuries. Once during the heyday of Patara, the city was visited by the Emperor Hadrian and his wife Sabina. RUINS OF PATARA : Some fine Roman ruins await the visitor to the site of this city. Among them are the Roman Baths, the monumental to the city, a Corinthian temple, in an excellent state of preservation, a Byzantine basilica, and an amphitheater. The gateway, also very well preserved, was erected in 100 A.D. Near this are numerous Roman sarcophagi. Another interesting structure at the site is the Granary, which was built during the reign of EmHadrian. Patara is the dream beach come true. The beach is 17km of wide undisturbed dunes, fields and wetlands. This area is likely to remain unspoilt as it has been declared a protected area by the Turkish government, which means that development is severely restricted and not allowed near the beach and ruins.It is important as one of the few nesting beaches of the Loggerhead Turtles and it is also historically significant as the site of a Roman City port. The ruins include a triumphal arch at the approach of the site and a necropolis with a Lycian tomb.The theatre is startling because it is semi-covered by wind-driven sand which seems intent on making a dune out of it. Other baths and a Corinthian temple by the lake are also here, though the swampy ground may maket hem difficult to get to. Across the lake is a granary. An entrance fee to the beach is charged-the Money goes towards its conservation. Facilities on the beach are limited to one end of the beach where one modest cafe and umbrellas can be found. When walking across the beach remember to wear your shoes as the sand gets very hot!The beach area is closed at night to conserve the privacy of the turtles. A few kilometres inland is the village offering a small cluster of hotels, pensions, lokantas and bars. Sit among the locals and pass a wonderful eveninggetting to know the friendly Turks and local characters and try a word or two of Turkish. The wonderful laid back atmosphere is punctuated with lively conversation and music to suit the mood. There is a post Office in the centre of the village that also offers a Money Exchange service. Banks are available in Kalkan, Kaş and Fethiye. Walking offers wonderful possibilities such as an hours wander from the Hotel Beyhan, through pine forests and over sand dunes to the beach or along the roadside from the village over the fields and vegetable patches, past the ruins along to the beach. It is an idyllic rural setting. Serious shopping should be done in Fethiye or Kaş, although there is a smattering og little shops in the village. For those of you who stil believe in fairy tales, Patara is the birth place as he is known locally.
KALKAN
Nestling on the Mediterranean coast between Fethiye to the west and Kas  to the east, Kalkan grew up in an amphitheatre style around the harbour. Whilst enjoying a drink overlooking the pretty marina,you are sure to agree it is one of Kalkan  main attractions. But Kalkan has so much more. Wandering through cobbled streets you  will pass whitewashed stone houses, with shuttered windows and timbered balconies. It  just how you imagine the perfect Mediterranean harbour  to look. There  no real beach at Kalkan itself, so days here are quiet, as holidays makers head for one of the beach clubs and bathing platforms which provide for all the beach lover  requirements. These are reached by frequent shuttle boats across the harbour, although one is accessible on foot from the yacht club. Alternatively, you can relax on beautiful Kaputas Beach, just a short dolmus ride away, boasting white shingle sands and the clearest turquoise waters, perfect for snorkelling. Kalkan lies nestled on a hillside around an attractive yacht marina. This perfect little fishing village with a tranquil feel is growing increasingly popular thanks to its setting. The typical Stone and wooden houses  make it the ultimate unspolit pretty resort. It wont take you long to get to know Kalkan or for you to become one of the locals. Despite its small size, Kalkan has a very good selections of small shops, seafront restaurants and bars, some of which are situated on theroofs of building commanding fabulous views over the bay and the small elegant harbour. The old centre simply oozes Turkish charm narrow cobbled street and alleys climb up the step hillside from the harbour overlooked by wooden balconies and tumbling bougainvillaes. The newest part spreads out among the surrounding hills and olive groves. Strick conservation keeps it beautiful. The nightlife is sophisticated  yet laid back. The pedestrianised cobbled  street spring to life with open-air restaurants and bars. You have the  choice of traditional Turkish lokantas or typical sit cross-legged on the floor type places to rooftop restaurants and international cuisine. For a refreshing dip, dive from the rocks into the sparkling deep blue, cool waters. There are no beaches in Kalkan other than a very small pebble cove, backed by lawn, however water taxis can take you out to coves and rock platforms where you can laze about or swim. The nearest beach is Kaputa-which is Turkey  piece of the Algarve-a small cove of white sand with turquoise waters, backed by sheer cliffs. There are over 100 steps down to this beach and absolutely no facilities but it is beautiful. Patara  17km beach is also an essential outing for sun worshippers. Watersports are available from Kalama Bay and can also be booked from the harbour at Kalkan itself and Scuba diving is also popular here. There are a few quaint shops, especially popular is silver jewellery, and Kalkan is famed for its tailors who will make up clothes to fit your  specifications. There are also carpet and leather shops through handicrafts and unusual athnic gifts predominate. For market day shopping, Kalkan boasts its own market on Thursdays.
The post Office in the centre will change Money as well as sell stamps and telephone cards. The location of Kalkan makes it an ideal place to visit Xhantos, Patara and Letoon or even further afield to Fethiye, Kekova or Antalya.
Favourite Bars and Restaurants : Kalkan offers such a wide variety of bars and restaurants in a relatively small area, we felt it would be unfair to name just a few. Visitors to Kalkan should take the opportunity of sampling all of the delight Kalkan has on offer. The same  applies to Patara. Most of the restaurantsand bars in Patara are amidst or within the small and friendly hotels and pensions in the village-it shouldnt be too difficult to try snd get around them all and sample their fare