Let’s face it, most people come to Turkey because of its beautiful weather and sandy beaches. But in the areas where beaches aren’t so sandy or accessible, there are still alternatives.
One such area is Kalkan. The former fishing village has a man made pebble beach, which you can find in the Old Town, just to the east of the harbour. It’s a pleasant spot with umbrellas and refreshments on offer, and of course, the sea right at your feet.
However, Kalkan is also home to seven beach clubs, each with good facilities and shady places to relax. Most of these clubs don’t charge for use – but you will be expected to buy the odd drink.
Here's a quick guide to Kalkan's top five beach clubs:
This resort has platforms right at the shore line for relaxing on, as well as two pools filled with seawater – including one adults’ only pool. There is also a restaurant and a bar. The best way of getting to the club is by water taxi, which runs from Kalkan harbour. You will have to pay for the taxi and the club’s facilities.
Villa Mahal Beach Club
This is part of a hotel. It’s a small, relaxed beach club with a waterfront restaurant. It’s accessible by water taxi and there is a fee to use the sunbeds.
Kalkan Beach Park
This is the most popular among the locals. The club offers a free water taxi service from the harbour as well as free sunbeds. It’s also the most child-friendly club, with a small, shallow area for kids. There’s a restaurant and cafe serving up homemade chips and pizza, and the club offers water sports and a waterslide during the height of the summer.
Palm Beach Club
This is one of Kalkan’s newer clubs. It’s just along the bay from the harbour – a great place to stop for lunch. It’s a stylish place to watch the lights of the town while you have a drink in the evenings. You can catch a taxi from Kalkan harbour to reach the club.
Kalamar Bay Beach Club
This is another favourite spot. This club boasts a beach area and plenty of space for sunbathers. Kalamar also offers a free shuttle service from the top of the Old Town. There are water sport facilities and a great waterfront cafe.