Transportation to the city is maintained by highroads. Even though the Airway transportation has been done mainly from Antalya and Dalaman Airports, Dalaman airport is more preferable than Antalya due to the shorter distance.
While the distance between Antalya Airport and Kalkan is 4 hours, the distance between Dalaman Airport and Kalkan is reduced to 1,5 hours through new roads and tunnels.
You may easily find daily buses to İstanbul, İzmir and Ankara in the Bus Terminal that started its operations in 2007. Transportation to the close areas such as Patara Beach or Kaputaş Beach is being maintained by the minibuses. You may use cab, rent a car or scooter in order to provide your own daily transportation through out the town.
You may find the distances between Kalkan and its surrounding areas below:
Kalkan Antalya 214 km
Kalkan Kaş 26 km
Kalkan Fethiye 80 km
Kalkan Dalaman Airport 130 km
Kalkan Kaputaş Beach 7 km
Kalkan Xanthos 18 km
Kalkan Patara 16 km
Kalkan Letoon 24 km
Kalkan which is famous for its white-washed houses, was an ancient Greek fishing village known as Kalamaki until 1920. It is believed that this city was founded 150 – 200 years ago by merchants who came here from the Greek island of Meis. Kalkan is located between Antalya and Fethiye Region in where the Lycian civilization was living and built countless cities almost 3000 years ago
Throughout history, due to being a safe harbour, Kalkan was known as an agricultural and forest products trading port in which the trading was being made by merchants from Elmalı, Gömbe and Bezirgan territories. However in 1970’s after the opening of Antalya Highway, the floating trade has lost its power and eventually come to an end.
For many years, with the effect of transportation challenges Kalkan couldn’t gain popularity like other territories and due to that reason Kalkan could protect its natural landscape and beauty. In recent years Kalkan was mostly discovered by foreign tourists and the residential areas started to expand but still on the mountain side the old structured houses has been successfully preserved.
The public beach within the town is formed out of stones; but the shore which is located inside Ancient City of Patara presents a great opportunity for the ones who would love to enjoy the most of their holiday with its long beach and shallow sea level. With its quality and beauty, whole Kalkan Bay is entitled to receive the Blue flag award which represents the required criteria’s of lake and sea water that are being used for swimming purpose by the International Foundation for Environmental Education.