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Calis Beach

Calis Beach Holidays

With the scenic backdrop of the Taurus mountains, Calis Beach is a spectacularly beautiful resort situated where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean Sea. It has an abundance of watersports, a waterpark and restaurants, and is within easy reach of the nightlife and excitements of Fethiye.

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Sunsets and turtles by the beach

With its wonderfully long beach and mountainous scenery, Calis Beach is often described as one of as one of the most picturesque coastal towns in Turkey. Though made up of both shingle and sand, you'll soon find your favourite lounger or patch of beach to relax and soak up the rays on this four-kilometre long stretch.

The beach's popularity is in part due to the fact that there are plenty of amenities both on the beach and nearby in the form of restaurants and bars. Additionally, part of the beach is protected as a nature reserve owing to the fact that it's home to turtles that come and lay their eggs here. Visiting their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience.

The beach is also famous for its stunning sunsets. Just grab a seat at your favourite bar and be prepared for some of nature's very best artwork.

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Having fun in the water

There's a first-rate surf centre on Calis Beach and you can indulge in some kitesurfing or windsurfing, and pedalo hire is also available here. You can also explore under the water by scuba diving or snorkelling.

In addition, at the nearby Sultan's Aqua City you can spend a wonderful time enjoying the slides, or simply relax on a sunlounger with a refreshing drink in hand. This park is excellent for those with younger children as the slides aren't too large and it's well staffed.

Eating and drinking

After all the strains of sightseeing, sunbathing or scuba diving, you'll be ready for a fantastic meal. You won't be disappointed by the range of restaurants at Calis beach. Cafe Soul and Bar on the beach is open from 11am until 8pm and is excellent for those with small children, as well as being wheelchair accessible, which makes it the perfect spot for families on cheap holidays to the Dalaman region.

Expect delicious salads, ice-cold beer and a whole host of Turkish delicacies at any eating establishment here. The restaurant scene in Calis Beach is very laid-back – you only have to take a short walk along the promenade, follow your nose and you'll soon find a restaurant that offers irresistibly delicious food.

Travelling around

Fethiye is only an eight-minute drive away, and despite this lively resort's proximity you'll soon discover that Calis Beach has its own unique identity. Its laid-back vibe is just one of the reasons that this destination is so popular with holidaymakers.

If you do feel the need to travel to Fethiye you can always catch a water taxi from Calis Beach – they are scheduled to leave every half hour, and the timings are often a tad flexible, but no one wants to rush when having fun, and in these surroundings it's hard not to move at a slower pace.

The last boat from Calis to Fethiye leaves around 11.30pm. This journey is a beautiful one, where you'll be able to take in the splendours of the Taurus mountains and have a bird's eye view of the area.

There are also many local buses, and bicycle hire is available. For those who love walking, a 20-minute stroll along the beach to Calis Koca will bring you to the instantly recognisable location from the film Skyfall. No, you probably won't bump into Daniel Craig, but you might well encounter your very own 007.

Exploring the area

If you want to explore inland you'll be able to discover the Kayakoy ghost town, a 30-minute drive from Calis Beach. The town used to be home to a Greek settlement and was abandoned in 1923 but you can still visit the remains of a Greek Orthodox church and some extraordinary ancient tombs.

Taking you further back in time are the renowned Fethiye rock tombs that are built right into the mountainside. Dating back to the 4th century, once you've made the climb up to the tombs you'll be glad that you made the effort to visit the site while on your Dalaman holiday. The views over the bay and surrounding countryside are truly awesome, and the Tomb of Amyntas is pretty spectacular too.