The local Dolmus service or any of the tour companies based in town offer excursions to the nearby fantastic sandy beaches of Patara and Kaputas.

Patara Beach is Europe’s longest continuous sand beach stretching for almost 12 miles. The beach is a protected area due to both the varied wildlife making their homes in the dunes, but also the plethora of Roman ancient sites in the area. As this is a protected park, you will have to buy an entrance ticket, but this ticket will remain valid for a week.

Kaputas Beach is a smaller but beautiful spot accessed via over 200 steps down from the main D400 Kas Road and is considered to be one of Turkey’s most famous beaches. There is limited roadside parking and no refreshments so travel prepared!

Further recommended excursions include the mountain villages such as Berzigan, Islamlar or Uzumlu with their cooler climates and trout farms. You could visit Yakakoy where the ancient city of Tlos is located with its impressive tombs carved high into the mountain side and large amphitheatre or try the ancient ruins at Letoon or Pinara, Xanthos, Kinik, Gelemis (Patara Beach), Antiphellos (Kas), Simena, Myra or Olympus to start.

Guide books provided in the apartment will give you much more details on what to expect at each site and how to get there by car.

For the more adventurous, a visit to Saklikent Gorge is a must. The entrance to this impressive 100m long canyon has been formed through millions of years of glacial erosion, with the melting ice water wearing away the steep limestone cliffs. Today it is this refreshingly cold ice melt water that continues the age old erosion process and provides a welcome opportunity to cool down in the strong Turkish sun.

Entrance to the gorge is by a raised walkway, and you might also need to wade through the waters, so be sure to take some waterproof footwear with you. You can book this excursion in Kalkan or at the site itself.