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Romans, Pirates and a Lady – Kalkan, Turkey

A vacation rental with views of where pirates and Romans fought.

A vacation rental with views of where pirates and Romans fought.

It is only speculative as to when Kalkan was founded and even the locals dispute the time frame and who arrived first. Many will point out that their version is correct but one thing is certain; it is apparent that “Old Town” of Kalkan exudes with both Greek and Turkish heritage. History states that the town was previously known as “Phoenicus.”  It is a labyrinth of small cobblestone streets winding down to a picturesque harbor. Today the former ambiance exists but is now lined with roof terrace restaurants, offering spectacular sunset views on the waterfront and trendy harbor side cafes with friendly locals.

The harbor is revered from its past as being the only safe haven for ships during rough weather along the entire coast and beyond. In fact, Kalkan is a Turkish word meaning ‘shield’. It is this cove that housed and hid pirates from the Romans, whom they fought up and down the coast and the nearby Island of Rhodes. The entire region obtains the reputation as belonging to the pirates and the harbor’s strategic location helped pirates seize merchant ships and the goods they contained while sailing through these waters.

The Ogan 3 is a wonderful option as a vacation rental which can accommodate the whole family or a group traveling together, affordable in price with the unobstructed views of the harbor and the Mediterranean Sea. Escape the urban or fast-paced environment of daily life and instead crossover for a total tranquil diversion. An added bonus is obtained of sharing quality time with those who surround you. With averaging 300 days of sunshine a year,  relax by your pool and let your imagination take off releasing thoughts of pirates of the past and their battles.

With its clear, clean aqua color water and beach facilities, Kalkan has been awarded the highly desired European “Blue Flag” year after year. With an honor like that, you can be assured that the beaches are ideal for all types of water sports, diving and swimming.

Take a side trip to visit the nearby villages offering ancient ruins, plenty of documented history and other points of interest. Becoming a popular beach holiday destination for travelers who seek privacy as well as exploration; Kalkan has the charm of a tranquil fishing village. 

Sunny days and delightful beaches await you.

Sunny days and delightful beaches await you.

And who is this unnamed lady the locals speak of? They claim she was instrumental in placing Kalkan on the map 150 to 200 years ago. As the legend begins, the unnamed lady from the Isle of Meis, the sponge capital of the world, took the initiative and arrive in Kalkan with goods from her hometown to sell. She became so successful with her venture, that other entrepreneurs from Meis heard the news of her new found fortune, immediately moved to Kalkan and set up their businesses. The town soon became a small flourishing port filled with a growing population.

Whether this story is fact or not is irrelevant. Today Kalkan is a delight that presents itself with beauty, sunny days and tradition. It is interesting to note though that Kalian’s architectural style closely resembles that of the houses in Meis. You decide when you visit this gem of the Mediterranean.

Lagos, Portugal is the Land of Discoveries.

The Algarve region in Portugal is dotted with many villages along its rugged and sandy coasts. One of the most striking is an attractive waterfront town on the Algarve, Lagos. Here you are in the middle of the cliffs of the most South-westerly point of Europe jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors all settled here. Henry the Navigator launched the age of discovery and arranged Vasco de Gama to set sail for what was to be his discovery of Brazil. There are several interesting statues erected to Vasco de Gama and other famous figures of the past that are associated with the history of this town and their past sea adventurers. The old town of Lagos is still surrounded by the medieval wall. Today visitors and the artists who remain only have found something special about Lagos beside the delightful beaches.

The family will be right at home in their vacation home.

The family will be right at home in their vacation home.

Lagos is popular with visitors for several reasons. The first being it is relatively diminutive in area. This makes it large enough to nurture activities yet small enough to feel quaint. Known for its miles of sandy beaches, Lagos is the ideal place on the Algarve in a holiday home such as this 3 bedroom with unlimited views facing the Atlantic.

It is easy to do nothing at all by lounging on the beach or venture into the numerous hidden gems of the area.  Lagos is a perfect escape for the entire family.

Everyday there is probably a festival of some sort going on in Portugal with its rich cultural heritage and religious roots. The windows of Lagos look towards the Americas, where at one time the view was considered to be the End of the World. That was of course until the discovery and European colonization of the Americas.

That is just what the upcoming Festa dos Descobrimentos (Festival of Two Discoveries) celebrates. It is the pinnacle for both locals and tourists looking forward to each year in Lagos. This year’s event begins near the end of October, running into the first weeks of November. What a wonderful way for any visitor to absorb Lagos’s culture celebrating the discovery period. You have chance to witness the bands, floats and costumes of this popular festival. 

The striking long park-like cobblestone and mosaic-patterned promenade runs along a section of the old city’s stonewall. The promenade stretches directly to the new Marina, totally pedestrian-friendly.

In the Marina visitors will find different boat tours, deep sea-fishing outings that can be arranged in advance. One of the best outing is to take is the grotto tour by signing-up with one of the vendors near the front of town. Observe from the water, the distinctive and magnificent cliffs that surround the Lagos and remember your camera.

A favorite among children and adults is Zoo Marine featuring dolphin interaction in an aquarium setting of over 8 acres. The theater presents One World – One Future a 4D animation concentrating on global warming.

Walk for miles along the coast.

Walk for miles along the coast.

If you are looking to get away for a quiet area within Lagos, consider taking a hike up the coast. There are trails that run along the coast for a couple miles and leads to a nice lighthouse and eventually to some of the “grottos”. It is a great walk and even if you don’t go the whole way you can still get great views of the cliffs and rocky islands.

Fort Walton Beach, FL

From the moment of arrival at the beach homes at Fort Walton Beach, you will ask yourself what there is to do here.  The short answer is everything….or nothing!  The beach front rentals in Fort Walton Beach have the air of a laid back, take it easy type of beach town that spots the coast of Florida.  But, the notorious powder white sand beaches giving way to the soft green sparkling waters of the ocean make the name Emerald Coast very suitable for these beach rentalsFort Walton Beach Vacation homes are famous for the beautiful sunsets that float just above the shimming water giving way to the horizon. 

Your vacation rental home in Fort Walton Beach presents you with an interesting dilemma.  Do you sit back in your Fort Walton Beach holiday home and prepare for long days of sunshine, relaxation, and catching up on a good beach book?  Or, do you leave your vacation rental home Fort Walton Beach for the fun of shopping for souvenirs to “beach up” your home or take in some of the magnificent seafood in the restaurants made famous in this one-time tiny fishing village. 

A few activities near your Fort Walton Beach vacation rental:

  • Dolphin Tours:  If you want the thrill of interacting with the natural beauty and grace of the dolphins to highlight your vacation, then Ft. Walton Beach is ready to accommodate you within a short drive from your Ft. Walton Beach rental home.  Get your camera ready and take the kids to the dock for the picturesque visions of magical dolphins dancing across the waves in the sunset.  Some tours in the Ft. Walton area include:  AJs Sea Blaster, Olin Marler’s Dolphin Cruise, Southern Star Dolphin and Sunset Cruises, and Boogies Water Cruises.
  • Scuba / Snorkeling:  Want to look below the surface at the wonderful of the marine life that make the ocean home?  Get ready to scuba and snorkel in the Emerald City of Ft Walton Beach.  Known for the crystal waters and perfect array of aquatic animals, an underwater wonderland is waiting to welcome you into the miracle of sea life with an adventure you will never forget.  A few skilled tours include:  Emerald Coast Scuba, Scuba Tech, Pelican Adventures, and the Scuba Shop.
  • Fishing Adventures:  Want to fight the big one and reel in the prize?  Always wanted to deep sea fish?  Many of the scuba and snorkeling shops also have deep sea adventures available to the sports person ready to cast a line into the water and fight for the big catch!

Your vacation holiday home in Fort Walton Beach will support any activity your care to enjoy!  Or, you could just sit back and enjoy the sunset from your vacation rental home in Fort Walton Beach for another day before making any decisions!

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