ISLAMLAR ~ KALKAN
~ What is there to do here? ~
Visit the local markets in Kalkan, Akbel or Kinik . You can enjoy buying fresh local produce to prepare at home There are fruit and vegetables in seasons, spices, home made cheeses, olives, delicious yoghurt and fish. There is also clothing, toys, games, fabric and much more.
Go to one of the beaches a short drive away. Spend your day soaking up the sun on the deserted sand in Karadere beach or frolicking in the waves on Patara or Kaputas beach.
you are interested in ruins you will enjoy visiting Xanthos or one of the many other ancient sites at Tlos, Patara, Sidyma, Pinara and Letoon . Many are now UNESCO Heritage Listed, but wherever you go there are remains of past civilisations and even above the village some rock tombs to look.
Walking. Islamlar is on the Lycian way made famous by Kate Clow who devised the walk from Fethiye to Antalya. The hills around the village provide a wide variety of lovely walks too.
Take a day trip over to the Greek island of Meis.. Kalkan was once a port town and could only be accessed by sea and Greece is only a 40 minute boat journey away.
Saklilent. About 15k away is the vast gorge at Saklikent with its dramatic water source and river.
Food! If you are a lover of great food, then you have come to the right place. There are traditional restaurants to enjoy everywhere.Vegetarians are also well catered for as the Turks enjoy vegetables served in many ways and eat pulses, beans and rice. The village has several trout farm due to the abundance of fresh running water, which also serve a grilled spiced cheese which is to die for. The Akbel markets have several small restaurants with very traditional dishes but if you are looking for something more elegant you can go to Kalkan harbour and choose from a wide variety of international restaurants who all want to provide you with a night you will remember.
If relaxing is your thing then do what you do best and stay at home on the balcony or in the hammock in the garden. The cottage is surrounded by lush greenery, and a small brook that flows by the house and through the grounds. The sound of the water is very soothing! There are guinea fowl, ducks, dogs, cats and even a couple of turkeys for you to watch wandering around. We do not have our own pool but you are welcome to use the large pool just down the road in the beautiful Hidden Garden.
Sport. There are many water sports available and the Guardian compares Kas to Chamonix for kayaking, windsurfing and jet-skiing. It’s also a short drive to the Lycian Mountains, where canyoning, trekking along the Lycian Way, rock-climbing and mountain-biking are on offer. In spite of its small size, Kas has a surprisingly lively nightlife.
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