Pronounced 'Chalish' this charmingly small but friendly resort is typical of the warm and welcoming reception which awaits you in Turkey. Famous both for its long, curving beach where at certain times of the year loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the warm sand, and for the best sunsets in the Mediterranean.
There is plenty of choice amongst the bars and restaurants lining the sea front promenade and with this level of competition the standard of their food is necessarily high. In the town itself you will find clothes and gift shops, internet cafes, supermarkets, snack bars and clubs. There is also a water park with slides, water tubes and splash pools for both large and small children!
Calis is the perfect location for watersport fans with a windsurfing and watersports school at the far end of the bay, which also has its own restaurant and cafe on the beach. For the less energentic there are a number of beach clubs where you can use their loungers free of charge and have waiter service all day in prime position next to the sea.
For those in search of authentic Turkey a visit to the Bedouin museum on the promenade is a must where in the evening you can sit inside the Bedouin tent and watch live entertainment by authentic Turkish musicians (no belly dancing or enforced audience participation!) whilst partaking of traditional Turkish tea, coffee or even a hookah pipe with their wide choice of fruit flavoured tobaccos.
Calis is perfectly located for trips into the attractive but busier harbour town of Fethiye. Public transport is frequent with dolmuses (mini buses) which can be hailed anywhere along the route travelling to and from Fethiye every few minutes throughout the day and evening. Costing less than a pound per person it is the cheapest way to explore the area. Alternatively why not take a water taxi from the bridge in the centre of town. During the day sailings you should keep your eyes open for the kingfishers that inhabit the rare reed banks lining the channel into Calis from Fethiye bay. During the evening the view of approaching Fethiye from the water is spectacular with the cliff side Lycian rock tombs and the Knights of St John fortress lit up, providing a sublime backdrop to the approaching harbour.
Given the very convenient location of Calis along the Turquoise coast, for those with an interest in exploring the area, most places of interest between Dalaman and Kas are easily reached.
This safe and friendly resort is best suited to those seeking a relaxing holiday but who still want a wide choice of options for entertainment.