KALKAN, PATARA, AND KAPUTAS BEACHES
Kalkan has its own public beach but is more renown for the nearby beaches of PATARA and KAPUTAS as well as its Italian style Beach Clubs dotted around the bay.
Kalkan has a local beach located right next to the harbour in the Old quarter. The water is shallow and clear and the beach comprises of small pebbles. During the summer months umbrellas and sun beds are available for hire. There are toilets and outside showering facilities. Close by the beach is the local “Tea Garden” serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. The harbour front cafes and restaurants are also just a stone’s throw away. Spending time on Kalkan beach is a great way to people watch especially on weekends when the locals visit. A pair of jelly shoes is a good idea for this beach.
How To Get There?
To find the beach just head towards the harbour in the Old Quarter. When you are on the front line street of restaurants, head in the direction of the lighthouse at the end of the harbour wall.
Within a short drive or bus ride is the stunning Patara Beach. This beautiful 18km untouched sandy beach is part beach, part nature reserve (for the loggerhead turtles) and part historical site. It is sandy, often windy and the sea is very shallow a long way out from the shore. Only one cafe is allowed to operate on the beach which has basic services including sun bed and umbrella hire and a life guard station.
The beach is particularly lovely early and late in the day. Morning time is great for a leisurely walk or run and at sunset, couples head to the sand dunes to watch the sun go down. Ask about the viewing point at the sand dunes at the midway point of the beach.
How To Get There?
To get to the beach take the D400 in the direction of Fethiye. After passing Yesilkoy turn left at the small roundabout (signposted Patara/Gelemis). Continue down this road till you find yourself entering Patara village. Go straight ahead avoiding the right hand turn into the main street. You will eventually come to a small gated pay station. Here you can buy a weekly pass to the beach (with or without access to the ruins). Continue to the parking area and the take the wooden walkway to the beach. Buses arrive and depart from the parking area to and from Kalkan bus station. See our visitors tips for more information.
Kaputas beach is one of Turkey’s most photographed beaches. Turkish holiday makers travel from Antalya for the day, just to get a selfie of themselves at this beach. The beach is situated at the bottom of a gorge where a river once ran to the sea. The water is crystal clear with a shallow shelf that then drops off a few metres from the water line. In the summer sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire and there are portable toilets. If you visit later in the day, the sun moves round and you will find part of the beach in sun and part in shade.
The access to the beach is via a steep set of concrete steps from the D400. It is therefore not suitable for people with mobility problems and requires a minimum level of fitness to climb back up.
How To Get There?
If you are travelling by car, then head out of Kalkan on the D400 in the direction Kas. After 5-10 minutes you will find yourself driving across the bridge over the gorge. Parking is permitted along the main road and a small off road parking area is located on the left a little further down past the gorge.
If you are travelling by bus, then take the local bus (Dolmus) from Kalkan to Kas. Tell the driver you want Kaputas when you board. He will stop and let you off the bus when you reach the beach. To return home just flag down any bus signed Kalkan travelling the return journey. Buses arrive and depart from Kalkan bus station plus a few locally known stops in the town centre. See our visitors tips for more information.