The surrounding area around the Payava Hotel makes for some of the most marvelous day trips – with something for all the family. Expand the sections below to discover some of what Kalkan has to offer, from exquisite natural beaches, to adrenaline pumping watersports & ATV safari.
Kalamar and Kulube beach clubs are a 10 minutes walk from the hotel. They are essentially platforms on the rocky shoreline with ladder access into the sea and they both have umbrellas, sunbeds, changing & toilet facilities and a cafe/restaurant.
Kalamar Beach has a water sports area, however Kulube Beach can be a little quieter. Kalamar Beach also has a complimentary shuttle service. Beaches charge an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Kalkan Public Beach is in the old town; next to harbor formed of bright white pebbles lapped by stunningly clear water, an ideal for a spot of snorkeling – with Blue Flag status and handy facilities such as restaurants and changing rooms. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Indigo Beach is a 15 minute walk from the hotel. It is next to the Kalkan Harbour. It comprises of platforms on the rocky shoreline with ladder access into the sea and they both have umbrellas, sunbeds, changing room & toilet facilities, a cafe/restaurant and water sports area. No music on the beach. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Yali Beach is a 20 minutes walk from the hotel with a natural rocky shoreline and gradual sunbathing area. Umbrella, comfortable sunbeds, changing rooms & toilet facilities and cafe/restaurant is provided. The beach is a relaxing beach, no music during the day. However, somedays there is live jazz&blues performances during sunset. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Mahal Beach provides boat service to the beach from the Kalkan Harbor which is a 15 minutes from the hotel. Sunbathing platforms lined with olive trees offer you to relax and soak up the sun, and ladders from the terraces go straight into the sea. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Zest Beach provides free boat service to the beach from the Kalkan Harbor which is a 15 minutes from the hotel. The beach has a salt water swimming pool. Umbrellas, sunbeds, changing room and toilet facilities and a cafe/restaurant has been provided.
Palm Beach provides free boat service to the beach from the Kalkan Harbor which is a 15 minutes from the hotel. Umbrellas, sunbeds, changing room & toilet facilities and a cafe/restaurant has been provided. Also, the beach has a Professional Massage Area, you can both have a massage and enjoy the beach. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Kalkan Beach Park provides free boat service to the beach from the Kalkan Harbor which is a 15 minutes from the hotel. This beach is also suitable for families with children. Besides umbrellas, sunbeds, changing room & toilet facilities and a cafe/restaurant has provided, the beach has waterslide, water trampoline and small sand area for swimming from the shore. The beach charges an entrance fee for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Kalkan is located in the middle of the Lycian civilization – where the ancient Xanthos valley meets the sea.
Patara is still being excavated, one of the most rewarding ancient sites to visit. There’s a huge theatre, recently restored parliament building and impressive Roman baths, not forgetting the incredible 11-mile long Patara beach. Patara is famous with its assembly building which was featured in a New York Times article and is one of the first democratic assemblies of the ancient world.
Xanthos dates back to the 4th century BC. It was the capital of ancient Lycia and the original home of the Payava tomb monument that is the name of our hotel, now in the British museum.
Letoon is 4 kilometers away from Xanthos, you’ll find the Temples of Leto and her children Artemis and Apollo. Here was the religious centre of Lycians.
Tlos is one of the most breathtaking ancient Lycian cities Located around a fortified hilltop in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains. Ancient Tlos was one of the principal cities of Lycia. Most of it has now crumbled away, but you can still see the remains of the acropolis, fortress, cave tombs and a Roman stadium.
Myra The city of Myra was once important as Ephesus; the current site includes a large Roman amphitheater and Lycian rock tombs cut into the cliff face. And just a few kilometers away, you’ll find The Basilica of St Nicholas.
Arycanda The stunning location high in the cedar forests adds another dimension to the well-excavated Lycian site of Arycanda, built into the mountainside on five terraces. It’s home to the largest bath complex in Lycia, as well as two necropolises, a stadium and an amphitheater.
Kayaköy Abandoned after the Turkish-Greek population exchange of 1923, the preserved ‘ghost village’ of Kayaköy consists of hundreds of deserted, Greek-style houses and churches. It’s a 90-minute trip worth making.
Kaputas Beach is 10 minutes away from the Kalkan. The water is generally cool and turquoise in color, as the water flowing from underground is filtered through the sand on the sea shore. The beach is reached by descending 187 steps from the highway. Be sure that turquoise waters will be worth it. The restaurant/cafe, changing room and toilet is provided.
Saklikent Gorge is 45 minutes away from Kalkan by car. With a depth of 300 meters, this canyon is among the deepest canyons in the world. You can attend rafting and safari activities. Don’t forget to bring sea shoes with you before you visit Saklikent Canyon
Patara Beach is 15 minutes far away from Kalkan by car. It is the 2nd longest beach of Turkey with 12 km of beach length and width of 1500 meters. Consisting of fine sand, the beach is also the spawning ground for Caretta Caretta turtles. Therefore, the beach is closed except from 8 am to 8 pm. Don’t forget to visit the Patara Ancient city while going to the beach.
Patara Sand Dunes is 15 minutes far away from Kalkan by car. Here is the best location to watch the sunset and skyline. Hills stand out with their fine sand and magnificent view. On a clear day when the sun is setting, the silhouette of Rhodos Island becomes visible. You can bring your own drink and enjoy the glamorous sunset…
ATV & Safari & Horse Riding tours are very popular in Kalkan. You can rent an ATV for 2 as an individual or you can join group tours. Patara is the main destination of all tours.
Water Sports are available in most of the beaches, you just need to ask for it, they will come and pick you. Jet Ski, parasailing, wake- board, water ski, inflatables and more available.
Diving will be very fascinating for you! There are diving schools in Kalamar Bay or Kas. You can learn how to dive, feed the fishes or improve your diving at reefs or the famous Blue Cave. If you are an experienced diver, you can find professional routes to dive in this amazing region.
Paragliding will be the extreme sport of your holiday! Babadag/ Oludeniz (85 km) is the one of the famous paragliding centres of Turkey. You can stay in the air approximately 40 minutes here. You can choose the closer alternative in Kas (24 km). In Kas, approximately 25 minutes is your flying time.
Boat Tour A day out on a boat trip at Kalkan or at Kekova is the best way to experience the full beauty of the Turquoise Coast, with time for a swim and a delicious lunch on board.
At Kekova you can also visit the sunken remains A leisurely boat trip reveals the half-submerged ruins of houses, staircases and the original harbour.
Take a boat trip from nearby Kaş to the Greek island of Meis – look out for the resident turtles and don’t forget your passport.