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Lycian Tombs, Fethiye.

Set just above the town centre, these tombs in Fethiye are easily accessible by foot.

Further up from the tombs are caves, where supposedly someone still lives. This whole area at the back of Fethiye provides a real experience of the Turkish rural way of life.

Patara beach

Patara Beach

With its cool breezes and rolling waves, the white sands of Patara Beach extend for 18kms. Entrance to the beach is 5 TL per person. It is a heavily protected area, as turtles bury their eggs and hatch here. Only 15 minutes by car from Kalkan. Cafe type restaurant available on the beach, and more extensive restaurants at the edge of the beach.

Patara Arch

Roman Arch - Patara

 

 Ruins at Xanthos

Xanthos - Ruins

 

Letoon - beach & ruins

At the west end of Patara beach, and in many places west of the main stretch, you can find places to have your own private sunbathing and barbecues. About half way along the 18km beach, the Esen river runs into the sea, and for those who enjoy fishing, this can be organised on the river shores.

Relaxing at Saklikent

Sakliken Gorge

The spectacular gorge of Saklikent lies approximately one hour away from Kalkan by car/taxi. The drive to the gorge goes through pine forests, and along a pretty riverbed, then the entrance has many riverside cafes and restaurants where you can sit on Turkish style seating on river platforms, in the shade from the hot summer sun. Walking through the gorge is fun, starting with a walk on a suspended walkway, followed by wading across the ice-cold river (up to about knee height), then walking along the gorge as far as you can make it. You can walk a considerable way, without too much climbing, although practical shoes which are not ruined by water are recommended (and are also available for hire in the gorge), and a change of clothes - just in case!

 

Islamlar - trout farms

Set high in the mountain village of Islamlar are a few fresh water, trout farms. Only about 20 minutes drive from Kalkan, up into the cooler mountain air, this really is a lovely place to go for lunch. On a clear day, you can get lovely views of Patara, as well as back up the mountains.

Pinara
Olu Deniz
Local scenery - road to Karaagac