The Best Areas to Stay in Kalkan – An Insider’s Guide

Dubbed “The Italian Riviera minus poseurs” by The Guardian newspaper, much of Kalkan’s cultural life happens in its historic Old Town. If you’re after seclusion, or a super high-end neighbourhood, choose Kisla or Komusluk.

Old Town/City Centre

Stay in the Old Town to be close to shops and restaurants, and to experience the charm of this historic area with its narrow streets sloping down to the harbour. Though it’s the “busiest” and most condensed area of Kalkan, places here have all the authentic appeal you would expect from this higher-end resort. Look for historic villas, available as apartments or entire houses. The Old Town is more affordable than Kisla and Komusluk. Sea views are beautiful from here, though they lack the elevated vantage points of Ortaalan.

View from Kalkan Old Town...

view from Kalkan Old Town


Ortaalann’s main selling points are its glorious, elevated sea views. A ten-minute walk, or short taxi-ride, from the Old Town and all its amenities, Ortaalan gets a lot of sun, and is less crowded than the Old Town/City Centre. Many apartments here boast sea-view balconies and swimming pools.


With its Blue Flag- awarded beach, Kisla offers breathtaking island views and luxury accommodation options. Accordingly, it’s more expensive than neighbouring districts. Most villas are spacious, detached, and boast private pools and balconies. Visitors to Kisla can reach the Old Town with ease – choose between a 10-minute water-taxi ride, 3 minutes by “normal” taxi, or a scenic 20-minute walk. Kisla also has a smattering of its own shops and restaurants, but overwhelmingly, it’s a quiet, secluded alternative to Kalkan Old Town.


Komurluk boasts glorious harbour views, and is a 15-minute walk, or 3-minute taxi ride from Kalkan Old Town. Like Kisla, it’s one of the more exclusive areas, so accommodation is at the luxury end. Villas here are large-scale homes from home, with all amenities, including balconies and pools. Komurluk is exceptionally quiet and peaceful, and has its own beach club offering watersports and a restaurant.

View from Komurluk...

view from Komurluk


Apartments and villas in Kiziltas are usually modern and up-to-the minute. Many boast swimming pools and infinity pools, and offer spectacular sea views. Yet, Kiziltas is an affordable alternative to Kisla and Komurluk. Set in the foothills of the Taurus mountains, and surrounded by idyllic countryside, Kiziltas is more secluded than the Kalkan Old Town area. Nevertheless, you’re only a 15-minute walk, or 3-minute taxi ride from all the attractions of the town centre.

Kalamar Bay

More affordable than Kisla and Komurluk, Kalamar Bay’s accommodation has similar appeal to the villas of the Old Town. Places here are historic, and more compact and condensed than in the outlying areas. Though it lacks Ortalaan’s elevated sea views, Kalamar Bay is within easy reach of the water and is still a stunningly picturesque location. Kalamar Bay is a 5-minute taxi ride from the Old Town. The walk is 20 minutes, involving a steep hill on the way back. Kalamar Bay also boasts several of its own appealing restaurants and bars.