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Kalkan has two distinct sides: on one hand it has fine restaurants and excellent hotels to match its superb, steep views of the Mediterranean Sea. But it's also a bit overpriced, and regulars complain that the recent explosion of foreign-owned villas has changed the town's character for the worse. The ranks of self catering villas, often rented out on the Internet, are spreading up the mountainsides all around and ensure that tourism seasons are growing longer and more prosperous, though hotel and restaurants complain they are sending them out of business. And still, the old stone alleways are now positively sleek with whitewash and the small port is crowded with yachts in summer.
Without much archaeology of its own, despite the great Lycian sites nearby, Kalkan is trying hard to develop its tourism offerings and it's an excellent base for touring the area and the surrounding sites.
Kalkan at a Glance
Elsewhere in The Turquoise Coast
- Antakya (Antioch)
- Datça Peninsula
- Demre (Kale)
- Eski Datça and Reshadiye
- Finike and Arycanda
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