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Welcome to Calis


The holiday retreat of Calis (pronounced Chalish) in Turkey is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and its laid-back atmosphere. Situated in the southwest of the country on the beautiful Mediterranean coast, Calis has a selection of hotels, bars and restaurants that line the extensive beachfront road, designated a car-free strip.

The Calis beach is long and narrow, with a mix of sand and shingle, and as in Dalyan, a population of Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) turtles gathers here to lay its eggs at certain times of year.

Calis is also a dolmus (minibus) or water-taxi ride away from neighbouring Fethiye, for those seeking bigger crowds. The best way to enjoy a Calis holiday, however, is to grab a seat at a beachfront café with cameras at the ready, and enjoy a cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon.

Information & Facts


The beach in Calis is ideal for sunbathing and swimming, and there are more active pursuits available, including scuba diving, windsurfing and waterskiing. There are a number of activities to enjoy in Calis, including boat trips to nearby islands, jeep safaris, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, quad biking and micro lighting. The Sultans Aquacity waterpark, a stone's throw from the beach, provides a wealth of entertainment for families on holiday, and other watersports are also available during the day. A short distance from Calis you'll find the limestone hotsprings of Pamukkale, the mud baths of Dalyan, the gorge in Saklikent, the deserted village of Kavakov, and the archaeological and ethnological Fethiye Museum.

Turkish is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.

The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions, but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as payment.


Calis is quiet, and not suited to those looking for a lively nightlife. It's best-suited to families and older couples, but teenagers will be bored.


The nightlife in Calis is very laidback with a few late-night bars which host events like foam parties, karaoke and salsa nights, but for a wild party tourists can head to nearby Fethiye. Like most resorts, the most popular clubs are located along the beachfront.


Calis has a variety of restaurants, with an emphasis on Chinese, English, and local Turkish cuisine. The Sultan Bakery is known for its great baklava, or you can visit the fish market in Fethiye and choose your own fresh seafood. The Meeting Point is a great spot for vegetarians.


A little way out of town is a lovely market that takes place on Sundays, with the usual selection of very well priced fake designer items, as well as spices, teas and foods. There is also a small selection of shops selling beachwear, sporting equipment, and local handicrafts.

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