Calis Beach 🏖Fethiye Turkey Holidays
Calis (pronounced chalish) has been a popular seaside resort for many years. Though the beach is shingle there is always a breeze so even the hottest days are pleasant and it is so long that overcrowding is not possible. A long pedestrianised promenade runs the length of the beach, perfect for a daytime and evening strolls.
The beach is also home to several varieties of sea turtle which make their nests in the sand. A protection plan is in place, for these rare creatures, to ensure their survival.
Calis is essentially a purpose built resort as Fethiye town does not have its own beaches and with the advent of tourism to this region, Calis filled the shortfall demanded by visitors who liked the area. Before it was a holiday destination Calis was principally a place where mined minerals were loaded onto ships for transport.
A small railway ran along the beachside to the spur at the end that faces Fethiye where the boats were loaded from the jetty. The main element was chromium dug out from mines just outside Calis. Whilst Calis itself may be lacking in history there are many fascinating places locally to see and the resort makes a great base from which to get out and explore all there is to see.
With the increase in numbers of both domestic and foreign tourists wanting a more traditional seaside holiday than Fethiye town could offer, Calis developed quickly and has had a few facelifts over the years. Most of the updating has taken place on the promenade and the canal waterways that meander through from the sea.
Currently work continues on a walkway that will run alongside the sea, linking up Calis to Fethiye. There are plans for the walkway to be dotted with a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. Infrastructure is always being improved in the resort to cope with the rise in traffic during the summer seasons.
Because of its climate and location Calis has become a popular place for British people to emigrate to so there is a substantial foreign community based here. This tends to ensure improvements to the resort are implemented to the benefit of everyone.
If you are hankering for a last minute holiday then look no further, Calis beach has everything you may need for a great summer sun holiday in Turkey with a relaxed, laid back atmosphere, an uncrowded beach and plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Things to Do in Calis Beach
During the day the beach is Calis’ main attraction with most holidaymakers choosing to spend their days lazing in the sun and enjoying the warm waters. The beach also offers a selection of water sports such as windsurfing and waterskiing. There is a small water park here too which makes a fun day out for the whole family.
Take a wander around the resort, enjoy the beautiful views or browse in the many shops the town has to offer. Calis is flat so it’s ideal for anyone with walking difficulties or for young families.
Don’t forget to witness the sunset from Calis, a spectacular sight. Just before dusk head out onto to the promenade or find a seat at one of the many beachfront bars and watch the sun go down over the sea.
Calis has its own open air market every Sunday for those wishing to see local produce or barter for those authentic souvenirs. The market is open from early in the morning until late in the afternoon, so it makes a great day out. You can even stop for a bite of lunch whilst there as there are a wide variety of stalls that offer tasty treats from traditional kebabs to delicious pancakes.
The resort makes a great base from which to explore the many nearby sites of interest such as Saklikent and Dalyan. There are lots of tours and excursions on offer that the whole family can enjoy. Boat trips are especially popular as they are fun, good value days out.
Aside from Calis itself there are other towns to visit nearby. Fethiye is just across the bay and has a very Turkish feel to it. The town has plenty of places to eat and drink and a lovely harbour front to watch the world go by. Oludeniz is home to Turkey’s most photographed beach, the famous Blue Lagoon and is under a 30 minute drive away. The area around Calis has more than enough to keep you thoroughly entertained on your Turkey holiday.
Top Selling Hotels in Calis
With many cheap flights to Dalaman and a good range of hotels in Calis to choose from there are lots of great deals to take advantage of. Some hotels offer early booking discounts and together with cheap flights to Dalaman, the choice of bargain holidays to Calis is excellent.
Many of the hotels have sea views and there are types of accommodation to suit all budgets. Whilst many are set away from the beach it is just a 15 minute stroll or a 5 minute minibus ride. Most hotels in Calis are competitively priced, ideal for couples and families wanting to have a good base from which to get out and about to explore the local area.
For holidaymakers looking for an all inclusive break to Calis there are a number of options. The five star Jiva Beach Resort is a luxurious option, boasting an enviable setting on the beachfront. The Orient Life Hotel is another great option with a central location in the resort.
For a cheap family holiday to Calis there are a few self catering apartments to choose from. Self catering accommodation offers some cooking facilities and a fridge which is ideal when holidaying with young children. Ten Apartments Hotel is a small and friendly complex that constantly proves a popular choice.
Ten Apartments Hotel is a great hotel in Calis, Turkey and is a great option to consider when booking a Turkish holidays It offers the superb facilities and great holiday experience you expect with the Turkish Holiday specialists HolidayMate. Because your Turkey Holiday has been booked with HolidayMate you can book Ten Apartments Hotel with confidence that you are 100% financially protected and that you are getting the cheapest prices we can offer giving you a great value holiday in Calis
Pasham Residence Suite Hotel offers the choice of staying either on a self catering or bed and breakfast basis. A modern hotel it has an extensive range of facilities on offer. The Pasham Residence Suite Hotel was only completed in 2012, a modern 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Calis, it offers guests an extensive range of facilities. Guests can choose to stay in the main hotel, either in a standard or superior room or in one of the onsite villas, an ideal place for couples and families looking for a relaxing Turkey holiday, as the beach is just 300 metres away.
Some hotels offer half board packages that can help keep the budget down as both breakfast and evening meals are included. The three star Mendos Hotel is one such establishment with a convenient location in Calis. The Odyssey Residence is a beautiful four star hotel that offers guests the option to stay bed and breakfast, self catering or half board.
With our years of expertise in the Turkey holiday industry, Holiday Mate can help you find your perfect holiday so give us a call and let our experienced, knowledgeable staff assist you. Our daily competitive price checks mean our holiday package prices are unbeatable. Contact our call centre today to book your great value summer holiday to Turkey. Last minute flights to Dalaman may be late at night but if you book your airport transfers with us we ensure you get to your accommodation quickly and efficiently so you can start your holiday the very best way.
Eating out in Calis
As a relatively small resort Calis has a disproportionate amount of places to eat. Restaurants are open from breakfast until late at night; whenever you’re hungry you are sure to find somewhere open. From light snacks to 3 course meals, whatever you fancy you can find it.
The large choice of establishments means that there are restaurants that serve fast food, Indian, Chinese, European and Turkish dishes. Most restaurants serve more than one cuisine at the same time, which is ideal if one member of the party is not keen on a certain meal type. All cafes and restaurants offer kids menus also so all members of the family are catered for.
If you fancy venturing away from Calis on an evening the neighboring town of Fethiye has lots of authentic Turkish restaurants and is well worth a visit for the food alone.
Not as â€œin your faceâ€ lively as some other resorts Calis still has enough bars and watering holes for its visitors to enjoy. The promenade area of Calis is vibrant with restaurants and bars each competing with one another to attract clientele. There are a couple of dancing bars and bars offering live music but quieter places to drink are easy to find too. Generally nightlife is more laid back here but you may well find special nights for example karaoke, fancy dress and quizzes going on whilst you are on holiday.
Some bars show sports events. If an important football match is on there will be a choice of places to watch. Football is big in Turkey so international matches especially those featuring England or Turkey are always big draws.
If you head to Fethiye on an evening there are lots of bars and a couple of clubs which offer alternatives to a night out in Calis. If you fancy a good party night out then Oludeniz and Hisaronu are both very lively resorts with a huge assortment of night time venues.
The short ride to the nearby pretty harbour town of Fethiye can be done by either a bus or by water taxi from Calis which takes approx 20 minutes and is a very enjoyable way to make the journey. Buses to other resorts like Hisaronu and Oludeniz can be found in Fethiye centre for those wanting to sample a different atmosphere.
Best Day Trips
Local excursions are a brilliant way to spend a fun day away from the resort, exploring places of interest on a last minute holiday to Calis. There are plenty of trips and excursions to choose from, with something to suit every member of your party.
Quad biking is a popular trip, a fun and action packed afternoon out. Dusty and muddy this adventure tour is designed for thrill seekers, although unfortunately age limits do apply so it’s not suitable for younger family members. You get to ride on the quad bikes either double or solo, depending on your preference and party size. Travel off road through majestic pine forests and quaint villages, with the chance to visit the wonderful beach of Gemiler. It is sure to be an energetic, action packed and memorable afternoon of your holiday.
An experience not to be missed is a day trip to Rhodes; you get to visit two countries in one holiday, with an exciting Greek day out. Take the fast hydrofoil to the island, known as Rodos in Turkey, and spend the day exploring the delightful town. Discover the old walled town, a UNESCO world heritage site. This area is brimming with history, beautiful cobbled streets and lovely little tavernas. Or head to the new town which has a large indoor market and a variety of shops. There is plenty to do on this exciting day out.
Please also refer to the Best Day Trips for Oludeniz, Hisaronu and Ovacik as most of these trips are also available when visiting Calis.
Any advice and recommendations given on this website are as a general and informal guide only.