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Old 17th February 2017, 11:41   #1 (permalink)
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Kalkan and Patara

After many years of going to Oludeniz we want to try somewhere different (our friends have never been anywhere else) We were thinking of going back to Kalkan for a few days and then to Patara for a few days. Could someone give me some tips on places to stay, things to do etc. Thanks

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Old 17th February 2017, 12:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Kalkan and Patara

Kalkan is very very hilly and was not to our taste at all. Kas - which is just up the road from there is lovely though. The Hideaway Hotel where we stay has the most fantastic views from its rooftop terrace I have ever seen and the breakfast is one of the best ever.

Patara has the longest sandy beach in all of Turkey but there is nothing much else there really... much better in my opinion is Side which is just 50 minutes from Antalya airport and has the 2nd longest beach but also lots of Roman ruins, shops, bar and restaurants and a Saturday market. Best place there to stay is The Beach House Hotel which only has 20 rooms and is a little B&B right in the heart of the Old Town yet on a quiet street and with its own private beach. Anthony and Cleopatra fell in love in Side by the Apollo Temple there.
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Re: Kalkan and Patara

Visit Xanthos, near Patara for stunning ruins, also the temple at Letoon to hear the singing frogs at sunset.
Try the ramble up the gorge at Saklikent. . .
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Re: Kalkan and Patara

Pick your accommodation carefully if you have mobility issues or donīt have the stamina of a mountain goat. Anything at the bottom of the hill will be OK, but expect a real climb if it is not on the coast in either town.

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Re: Kalkan and Patara

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Re: Kalkan and Patara

I haven't stayed in Kalkan for about 7 years now as I found it has lost much of the charm as it has become more developed. That being said, a friend visited again last year said the the restaurants are still excellent, which was always one of the selling points of Kalkan. Patara as has been said is very quiet, perfect if you want a get a way from it holiday. Also worth considering is Cirali, if you want a quieter place to stay.
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Re: Kalkan and Patara

I am totally biased and love Kalkan, it still has plenty of charm and a massive number of eating places for all prices and tastes. Yes it's hilly but we walk down and taxi back if we've gone down to the harbour area. A taxi to our apartment was Ģ2 last year when the exchange rate was poor, hardly a deal breaker. It depends on the time of year you visit as to things to do. The boat trips are fantastic value, Kaputas beach is fun, you're a short bus ride/drive away from Kas, a trip to Meis is a lovely day out, you've probably done Saikent Gorge and the ruins scattered at various locations. Try posting on enjoykalkan.com where you'll get loads of advice and recommendations of places to stay.
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Re: Kalkan and Patara

Pat asked for info on Kalkan and Patara, not Kas and Side.
I too am biased and spend a lot of time in Kalkan.
The choice of restaurants is amazing and suit every budget.
I would recommend the barbecue trip organised by the Kaya restaurant. A really fun and enjoyable day with lots of lovely food.
If angelaturkey has visited Patara, I don't know how she missed the large and very interesting archeological sites there.
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Yes I have been to Patara but the archaeological sites are just as good if not better in Side. Have you ever been there?
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