The original settlers came to Kalkan 150 to 200 years ago - people of both Greek and Turkish origin. Kalkan was originally known by its Greek name 'Kalamaki'.
Kalkan became an important port during the 19th century. Cargo ships were often loaded with charcoal, silk, olive oil, wine and also cotton, grain and flour. From there they sailed to the far reaches of the Ottoman Empire. At the turn of the 20th century Kalkan had become a large village with its own customs house and boasted seventeen restaurants, a goldsmith, a shoemaker and several tailors.
Kalkan today remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.
It curls snugly around a historic harbour sheltered at the foot of the towering Taurus Mountains. The town overlooks a beautiful bay in which islands seem to magically float upon the shimmering sea. Narrow streets twist down to the harbour, lined with old whitewashed villas with shuttered windows alongside small local specialty shops and restaurants in historic buildings. Overhead hang original carved Ottoman Greek timber balconies garlanded with brilliantly coloured bougainvillea cascading to the streets below.