Kalkan - Turkey

Formerly the Greek village of Kalamaki, Kalkan is a tiny hillside town sloping down to the sea, located at the centre of the Turquoise coast on the southwestern corner of Turkey. Kalkan is an up market resort with a pebble beach and several lidos. From here you can visit the site of Patara, formerly a city and principal port for the ancient district of Lycia, Asia Minor (in what is now Turkey). This was the birthplace of St Nicholas. He entered the nearby monastery of Sion and subsequently became archbishop of the metropolitan church in Myra, Lycia. The site is only partially excavated but has an intact Roman gateway at its entrance, a necropolis, baths complex, temple, theatre and an overlooking acropolis. Nearby you will also find a wonderful white sand beach. Further afield are the historic sites of Xanthos and The Letoon, shrine of the goddess Leto, the official sanctuary and oracle of the Lycian Federation. The extensive ruins include three temples, a nymphaeum, two porticos and a Hellenistic theatre.