Kalkan is centred around its old fishing harbour
By Roxanne James

Turkish Resort All the Rage with Celebrities

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The upmarket Turkish resort of Kalkan has become known as the Saint Tropez of Turkey, on the back of controlled economic recovery, an improving infrastructure and increasing numbers of celebrity investors, attracted by the authentic charm of its old fishing harbour and the Old Town.

The cobbled streets of Kalkan's Old Town have been completely and sympathetically restored in keeping with the resort's original fishing harbour character. The transfer time from Dalaman airport to Kalkan has also been halved to 90 minutes due to the construction of a new road which has improved transport connections in the area.

Julian Walker, director of Spot Blue International Property said: "These improvements just cement the popularity of one of Turkey's most sought-after resorts. British buyers are attracted by Kalkan's charm which the council has been careful about preserving by implementing strict planning regulations. These include a limit on the height of any new buildings, preservation orders on buildings within the Old Town and restricting the density of development on seafront land."

Set in an idyllic bay overlooked by the Taurus Mountains, life in Kalkan is centred around its old fishing harbour. Cobbled streets lead up the hillside with views becoming more breath-taking with the ascent.

Despite its relatively small size, Kalkan has more than 200 restaurants, developing a reputation as Turkey's capital of gastronomy. The majority of the restaurants are located in the Old Town, offering rooftop dining with views across the bay. Kalkan hosted its first ever Lycian Food Festival this year, intended to be an annual event in the area.

Next to Kalkan's habour is a small Blue Flag beach with two of Turkey's most spectacular beaches just a short drive away: the picturesque beach of Kaputas, formed where a gorge meets the sea is ten minutes eastwards from Kalkan with the long sweeping beach of Patara , part of a national park and protected from development, located 20 minutes westwards.

The unspoilt landscape, idyllic beaches, world class eateries and the fact that Kalkan can be accessed discreetly by boat, has led to the resort becoming a favourite of celebrities and high net worth individuals.

Mylene Klass, England football manager Roy Hodgson, Princess Beatrice, football club owner Roman Abramovich, comedian and actress Miranda Hart, footballer Craig Bellamy and actor David Soul are just a few of the well-known faces to have been spotted about the Old Town.

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