5 Star Travel » NEPTUNE BOAT CRUISES, KALKANThere is no specific information on the founding of Kalkan – one of the legends which is most widely accepted is that a woman from the Island of Meis came with a boatload of goods which she tried to sell to the villagers around the Kalkan area. Her venture was successful and other tradesmen from Meis followed her example and actually moved to Kalkan about 150 to 200 years ago, thus making Kalkan a small trading coastal post. The original settlers were of both Greek and Turkish origin and were subjects of the Ottoman Empire.Chic bars and old-town charmKalkan, on Turkey’s southwestern coast, used to be a fishing village but now it’s a very cosmopolitan seaside town. Its long promenade is brimming with chic bars and seafood restaurants. Meanwhile, the traditional old town comes with whitewashed houses cascading with bougainvillea, not to mention tucked-away eateries and late-night shops. And you’re in a great spot for some historic sights close by.A Blue Flag beachThe main beach in Kalkan is just east of the harbour. It’s a small, pebbly patch with a shoreline that shelves quickly into the crystal-blue water, and it comes with plenty of sunloungers, umbrellas, beach bars and cafés. Other options are the sandy cove at Kaputas, 10 minutes’ drive away, and Patara Beach – this 12-kilometre stretch backed by a national park is less than half-an-hour away.Easy daytripsIn 25 minutes you can be at Kas, with its narrow winding streets lined with rustic wooden balconies. It also comes with a very well-preserved Greek amphitheatre – you can climb up to the top tier for views across the Mediterranean. Further afield is Tlos – it’s a 1-hour drive to this ancient site where you can walk around tombs built into the hillside.When to goBeach-friendly temperatures are par for the course in Turkey. Whichever part of the country you’re visiting, expect things to start hotting up around Easter – temperatures in the early 20s are common as early as April. By July, they’ve crept up to the 30°C mark – and they’ll often climb even higher. Plus, the summer months pack in a whopping 12 hours of sun a day. If you prefer things a bit cooler, autumn temperatures usually hover in the mid to high 20s, and there are still plenty of blue-sky days. Even in winter, you won’t need a hat and scarf – in Antalya, average temperatures are between 15 and 20°C. Expect a bit more rain at this time, though.Read more