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Old 3rd February 2007, 16:37   #1 (permalink)
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Who is living in Kalkan all year round? Who is living in Kalkan all winter/off season?

Retirement LOOMS, I have my apartment in Kalkan, on Kalamar Road (near Papermoon) now all I have to do is decide whether or not to make the BIG move lock stock and barrel or to do the sensible thing and rent it out during season and just spend winter there.

I have some added concerns as my partner needs regular treatment from a specialist neurologist and of course neither of us is getting any younger.

So - is there anyone out there (particularly in Kalkan or surrounds) who can put my mind at ease and guide me onto the right path?
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Old 3rd February 2007, 16:49   #2 (permalink)
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Who is living in Kalkan all year round? Who is living in Kalkan all winter/off season?

Retirement LOOMS, I have my apartment in Kalkan, on Kalamar Road (near Papermoon) now all I have to do is decide whether or not to make the BIG move lock stock and barrel or to do the sensible thing and rent it out during season and just spend winter there.

I have some added concerns as my partner needs regular treatment from a specialist neurologist and of course neither of us is getting any younger.

So - is there anyone out there (particularly in Kalkan or surrounds) who can put my mind at ease and guide me onto the right path?
Hello email me i have been going to Kalkan for the last 12 years bought villa 5 years
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Old 4th February 2007, 12:06   #3 (permalink)
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Good Luck, we keping thinking along the same lines but feel that we may get bored as, with the best will in the world, there is not an awful lot to do in Kalan in Winter. We have friends who retired there and are now looking to move back to UK at least for part of the year. Of course it is very hard to get back on the property ladder again. They found they missed going to the cinema, theatre, sports and other leisure activities. There is only so much drinking, reading and walking etc you can do and they saw the same few faces and restaurants etc. Kalkan can be too quiet in Winter. What ever you decide enjoy yourselves.
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Re: Retirement

hey
good luck in your retirement sorry i cant help you as im 22 must work hard for next 50 odd years lol but i would say go with your gut feeling check everything out and live your dream as my mum would if your not sure im sure many ppl here can help .
but again good luck and hope you have fun in your retirement.
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Re: Retirement

Falconeye,

Have you been to Kalkan before for a longer periode ?? I would suggest you do this first , as other people said, it is very quiete overthere during winter.
Check it out first ! Kalkan is indeed very small and Antalya is about 3 hours drive away...
I myself often think if I would dare to make the big step, but I know for sure I would start with a long time stay and not selling up everything here at once
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Re: Retirement

We used to own in kas, and spent a lot of time there in the winter, used to drive into kalkan occassionaly, but mostly closed down in the winter, as someone said before, go out for a few weeks in Jan/Feb when is literally dead in kalkan, and see if you like it then, otherwise think again, one of the reasons we sold up in kas is because we want to live in Turkey full time, and in the winter there is very little to do, and its a long way to Antalya for the cinema etc.

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if you want to live full time in Turkey and want diversions in winter then you have to think about places in or very near to a big town..like Antalya, İzmir even Alanya or Fethiye centre.
As lovely as Kalkan is its not a winter retreat for people not really used to village life..and as you said your partner needs regular treatment for a condition..this in itself would be enough to say no to all year round Kalkan.
as has been said i too would split the year up..part there part here..but not deep dark winter..its cold brrr

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Who is living in Kalkan all year round? Who is living in Kalkan all winter/off season?

Retirement LOOMS, I have my apartment in Kalkan, on Kalamar Road (near Papermoon) now all I have to do is decide whether or not to make the BIG move lock stock and barrel or to do the sensible thing and rent it out during season and just spend winter there.

I have some added concerns as my partner needs regular treatment from a specialist neurologist and of course neither of us is getting any younger.

So - is there anyone out there (particularly in Kalkan or surrounds) who can put my mind at ease and guide me onto the right path?
We do not know Kalkan as we bought in Fethiye but we too are approaching retirement.
We think that when we retire it would be silly for us anyway to leave friends,neighbours and family behind and move to Turkey permanently.
It is difficult to go from knowing an area all your life and having friends pop round at weekends to be suddenly on your own in a foreign country.
The weather in Turkey is fantastic and so are the people but we would rather say spend 4 months or so there but always have a UK home or base to return to from time to time.
That way you have the best of both worlds and you can move from one to the other at your leisure.
Many on this forum have upped sticks completely but we would always want a base in our home country to keep our options open.
Best of luck in whatever you do
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There are a few ex-pats who live in Kalkan during the Winter. Next time your out ask around - Mario at the Marina Restaurant beside the Pirat Hotel knows most of the local ex-pats - he could point you in the right direction and you can speak to those that have taken the plunge.

Kalkan is very quiet out of season, particularly in Jan & Feb when the weather isn't fantastic. Why not give it a trial run next winter then decide?
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Quite a few of the ex-pats go in the Swan and have a drink at the Kaya. Ask around when you next go. Also Christine at the furniture shop near the garage is a good person to ask and also Claire of the Korsan Restaurants. They are both married to Turks. so may have a different prospective but the more info you get, the better placed you are to make an informed decision.
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