Çalış (pronounced Chalish) is a small resort with a relaxed atmosphere. The long beach is well-known for its cooling breeze and the beauty of its sunsets. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, shops selling both groceries and gift items, a weekly market and an aqua park.
The town of Fethiye, visible across the bay, and can be reached by minibus or water taxi. It has an attractive, pedestrianized old town area known as Paspatur, with shops selling carpets, gold, handbags and some beautiful souvenirs. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, though you may prefer to eat on the sea- front and watch the boats come and go. There is a large weekly market as well as a daily market selling fish, spices and vegetables. Other attractions include the 2000-year-old rock tombs and newly-restored amphitheatre. The route from Calis to Fethiye now has cycle and walking paths and plenty of cafes for a rest along the way.
The famous beach and lagoon of Oludeniz – featured on most brochures for Turkey – is easy to get to by minibus and there are other good beaches around to explore. If you like to get out on the sea, the local boat trips take you to some of the most beautiful bays and islands and offer you a chance to swim, fish and sunbathe.
The sea around Fethiye is also a perfect place to scuba dive. You can do a day’s ‘try-dive’ and if that’s not enough there are courses for beginners and experienced divers. For the adventurous, the area also offers quad biking, horse riding, canoeing, white-water rafting and tandem paragliding (strapped to a ‘pilot’) from ‘Baba’ mountain, landing on the beach at Oludeniz.
If you are interested in history there are plenty of ancient Lycian sites to explore and a museum in Fethiye……and if you prefer nothing more strenuous than some retail therapy, you will love the markets and shops with their copies of all the famous brands of clothes, watches, bags and shoes!