Unlike the hilltop resorts of Hisaronu and Ovacik, Calis is flat and at sea level so ideal for all those with mobility problems or that want to walk around a resort easily. Famed for its seemingly endless beach and cooling sea breeze, it’s popular with European and British holidaymakers throughout the summer months from May to October and has a good variety of hotels suiting all tastes and budgets.
The resort of Calis is mainly centred on the beach front with its long seafront strip hosting many of the restaurants and bars. Looking out onto the pretty Sovalye (Knights) Island in the centre of the bay, it’s a picture postcard resort packed full of charm. There’s a nature reserve and beach club to one end of the strip, a new palm and restaurant lined promenade (almost complete) allowing for a nice walk or cycle into Fethiye Town and an unspoilt beach to the far end that’s protected due to endangered turtles laying their eggs there at night.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied in Calis. From shopping, eating and drinking, to lazing by the pool or beach, you can fill your days easily in any manner you choose. Local trips and excursions are widely available and there are many local sporting activities on offer from water sports and kite-surfing, to quad-biking and jeep safaris.
Calis has a lot to offer and suits everyone from families and the party crowd to those looking for a romantic beak or a cheap bargain holiday, There are often good deals to be had during early and later season so keep your eyes open for a bargain on flights and hotels and many of the accommodation options are within easy walking distance to the beach.
The constant sea breeze makes Calis ideal for water-sports and many of the activities in the resort revolve around the water. There’s a Surf Centre offering reasonably priced windsurfing and kite boarding lessons, a popular aqua-park great for a day splashing around and riding the water slides, and many excursions can be booked to local historical sites and places of interest.
Calis has 18km of seafront and is great for those that want a beach holiday. The busy central beach is a mix of sand and shingle and popular for a few hours sunbathing in-between visits to the bars and cafes that line the seafront. Towards the one end of the beach is a protected nature reserve and Sat Beach Club that’s a little quieter and a good place to bird-watch or simply laze on comfy sun loungers and soak in the surroundings. The far end towards Koca Calis and Ciftlik is popular with the locals and Turks (especially on a Sunday) but relatively unspoilt and the place to head if looking for some peace and quiet. There are a number of rustic beach front restaurants and shacks serving village breakfasts and local food at good prices and the beach here is protected due to endangered loggerhead turtles choosing to lay their eggs in the sand at night - a wonderful escape from the busy tourists!