ABOUT KALKAN : page 1. Page 2
am assuming that you have found this site with an interest in purchasing
property in Kalkan.
With that in mind I aim to tell you about Kalkan
through my experiences of being a villa owner in Kalkan for sixteen
enjoyable years with anticipation of many more, the loves, which
are many and the dislikes which are few plus
some of the advantages and disadvantages of being a property
As you may have already found out or will read
on the various websites Kalkan was once an Ottoman Greek fishing
village named Kalamaki, Kalkan, this historic town of Kalkan is
without doubt an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful
locations along Turkey's gorgeous Lycian Coast, you will here it
also described as the Turkish Riviera, a description well deserved
with its blue crystal waters, accompanied by historic architecture,
ancient history and the addictive traditional Turkish hospitality.
Myself I love the current absence of
mass tourism, the charming unspoilt and lush nature, old Ottoman
houses unforgettable rooftop restaurants, the traditional Mediterranean
harbour displaying the various styles of Gullet rather than gin
palaces seen in most Marinas. Kalkan is also well situated
to explore numerous histories sites such as Xanthos, Letoon, Patara
all within a short drive away, there of course is no need to drive,
as there are excellent local tours available throughout the village.
In the village itself you can find plenty of history,
there are 2 mosques, one of them was originally a Greek orthodox
church, and you can still see a small cross on the roof. Like any
village, town or city you need to walk around to see the sites and
mix with the people, this village will leave a lasting impression
and you will return to see if it was true.
In the old town there are two mosques, one of them
was originally a Greek Orthodox Church and you can still see a small
cross on the roof. During the Ottoman Empire period over 500 years
Turks and Greeks lived there until the early 1920's in kalkan. Today
you can see lots of similarities between Turkish and Greek culture,
cuisine and lifestyle.
the early 20th century, Kalkan appears to have been quite a prosperous
village/port trading silk, cotton which is some of the finest in
the world, olive oil Kalkan is surrounded by olive trees, the customs
house as ever was I assume busy the building is still overlooking
the harbour, however not by the customs anymore, however I am sure
they will be watching from somewhere else?
As the roads opened up in the early 60s it allowed
people to leave and develop business in other towns such as Fethiye
and Antalya, some are now returning due to the popularity of the
town due to the growth in tourism, a lot of the tourists are turning
into residents as I have.
I have found far more advantages than disadvantages
of owning a property in Kalkan and one of these have been the costs
of living compared with other holiday destinations and certainly
compared with the UK, outgoings on your property will be minimal
in particular if you are retired and want to make your income/pensions
give you a good standard in retirement.
Kalkan offers quality of life, if you are looking
to slow down with the pace of life then there is no better place,
however sometimes it is frustrating as most things happen tomorrow.
I have learned to realise this, I believe that the attitude of life
by the locals is the right one and I am grateful for their teaching.
The local services, roads, water, electricity have
all been improved with the property development in and around the
village, there is of course the odd power cut and water shortage
but not as often as it was, modern villas and apartments now have
solar heating, water storage stand by generators and romantic candle
Value for money, Well I have lived in Sandbanks
in the UK and still have an office in the area, I look after the
websites of leading estate agents in Sandbanks so I am confident
that property in Kalkan is excellent value for money, however it
is advisable to do your homework and if I can be of assistance in
any way then contact me and it will be a pleasure to help, if I
dont have the answer my colleagues in Kalkan will.
I have also designed a page about buying property
here: BUYING A PROPERTY IN KALKAN TURKEY