Kalkan has been welcoming guests to it's picturesque location since the latter end of the 1980's, at which time it was a simplistic fishing town with just a few bed and breakfast style pansions and a couple of local restaurants. Due to it's exquisite beauty and crystal clear waters it has grown in popularity and become perhaps the most luxury holiday resort in Turkey. In spite of it's growing popularity this historic town is quietly sophisticated, hosting a multitude of excellent roof-top restaurants offering all manner of culinary delights, together with a good selection of of stylish and atmospheric blues and jazz bars and a variety of private beach clubs offering service day and night.
The village shops stay open until around midnight and are well stocked with interesting antiques, crafts, jewellery, carpets and clothing. The narrow streets of the old town are lined with whitewashed shuttered buildings festooned with brightly coloured bouganvillea intermingled with shops and terrace-topped restaurants. These streets twist down to the harbour, which is the focus of the village and here you can enjoy a meal whilst watching the world go by.