FarAwayVillas - Calis Beach, Turkey

Local Area Info - A Taster of the Many Attractions

Calis Beach & Fethiye, Turkey - Local area
"Situated on the wonderful turquoise coast in the south west corner of Turkey"
Surely not many places on Earth can have so much going for it?
Sea, islands, beaches, mountains, forests, history & enchanting villages.
 
 
THINGS TO DO - in no particular order

Sunbathe on the balcony or by the pool at the apartment with your favourite drink. Before you do everything else below, prepare yourself by doing the foregoing - for as long as you like!

Get out and meet the locals. It is the warmth and friendliness of the people here that really turns a great holiday into one that you will want to repeat again and again.

Saklikent Gorge (see things to do - a must do and see!):

This is the place for that day when you feel energetic but need to cool down. Rushing torrents of icy cold water cascade through this narrow gorge in the mountains high above Fethiye, where the sunlight is mostly cut out. At 18km long and 300 metres deep, it's one of the most breathtaking sights in Turkey. Take a picnic or stop by at one of the rustic restaurants which overhang the river.

Calis Sunday Market:

Haggle for bargains every Sunday. Combines great bargains with the exotic and unusual.

12 Island Boat Tour:

Fantastic day out cruising around islands off the Fethiye coast. All for just £12 (children £6) including lunch (cooked and served on board) and transfers. The boat stops at various islands and bays including "Cleopatra's Bay". Plenty of stops to swim and snorkel or explore. If you are lucky you may see some dolphins or flying fish.

Many other boat and gullet sail boat trips are also available including trips to the Dalyan Delta and Butterfly Valley:

Water Taxi from Calis Beach to Fethiye (board 7 mins walk from apartment):

Spend £1 on a great 30 min water taxi trip through the reeds of the canal, close to the bird sanctuary, across the bay and into Fethiye harbour; every ½ hour, every day, up to midnight.

Bike Hire:

Available locally to explore the resort and nearby Fethiye. For more serious bikers, either cycle in the hills above Calis and Gunlukbasi, or for the even more adventurous - hire a bike at Black Tree village (1 hours drive away), 1000m above sea level. Ride on forest tracks past tobacco valleys and friendly villagers on their donkeys. A favourite track is a one and a half hour downhill ride all the way to Patara beach, one of the best beaches in the world. If you wish, like us, take the minibus provided, back to base.

Sultans Aqua City Water Park (2 mins walk from Apartment):

A firm family favourite. Plenty of big and small slides to suit all ages. Facilities include changing rooms, bar and snack bar.

Shopping:

Calis Beach has a great block-paved shop-lined promenade and a lively Sunday market.

Fethiye, Hisaronu and Olu Deniz have several pedestrianised streets lined by shops selling jewellery, carpets, leather, clothes and of course, Turkish Delight!

Nightlife:

Enjoy the quieter but delightful atmosphere of Calis Beach or warm things up a little in Fethiye. For a really hot night out visit nearby Hisaronu or Ovacik.

Restaurants:

Everywhere you go the restaurants and snack bars cater for every taste, from traditional Turkish and world cuisine to English food, including baked beans on toast for that feeling when you've over-dosed on everything else that's on offer.

Paragliding/Microlighting:

The paragliding at Olu Deniz is probably the best in the world. Just imagine it - 2000 metres above the stunning "blue lagoon" and beach. Take a camera and enhance the lagoon's reputation as Turkey's most photographed attraction. Beginners are taken up in-tandem with a professional pilot. An experience you will never forget! Microlighting can also be enjoyed in the area.

Scuba Diving:

Superb diving for both beginners and experienced alike. First timers will appreciate the calm, clear and warm waters. The more adventurous can explore the numerous caves and underwater archaeological sites.

Mud Baths:

Combine a day in the Dalyan nature reserve, or visit the rock tombs at Caunos, with taking a relaxing mud bath. Pamper yourself in the mud and sulphur pools, and feel 10 years younger.

Turkish Baths:

Enjoy a steamy soak followed by a massage in Fethiye.

Tuesday Market at Fethiye:

The large open-air market selling vegetables, herbs, fruit, fish, meat, dairy products and local handicrafts must be visited. Grab a bargain and don't forget to haggle!

Horseback Riding:

£20 will get you a 3 hour excursion, including 2 hours riding through valleys and mountains with breathtaking views, through olive groves and ancient sites, with a break in a neighbouring village. Perfect for beginners and experienced riders alike, astride calm and safe ponies.

Mountain Biking:

In the hills above Calis and Gunlukbasi

White Water Rafting:

There are plenty of spots in which to undertake rafting, kayaking, canoeing etc, in which you can pass through breathtaking canyons and rapids. Costing approx £50. the Dalaman River is the best in Turkey for rafting, with grade 4 rapids.

Walking:

There are lots of spots for short or medium length walks in the surrounding hills and coastal areas, all of which have the same thing in common - great views and scenery. Organised walks can be taken, which enable you to look at the scenery, instead of the map!

But for the more adventurous - walk the LYCIAN WAY which extends all the way from Olu Deniz to Antalya (50kms of footpaths and mule tracks). Along its length you will encounter history and ruins from the Lycian age, and their conqueror's from the dynasty of Alexander the Great, Arabs, Crusaders and Genoese.

Truck or Jeep Safari:

Several companies offer excursions into the mountains, Xanthos, Saklikent's hidden canyons and Patara Beach.

Explore Turkey!!

Hire a car and just go. Or take an air-conditioned bus to everywhere, from the large bus station (Otogar) in Fethiye.

Ski-ing:

New resort for 2005 at Seki, just 1¼ hours by car on the road to Antalya. Long season. Excellent facilities, hotels, stunning scenery and of course, friendly people.

Donkey Treking:

Under the guidance of a long-term local, John Laughland, and his donkey porter, take to the shepherd's paths that cross the Kaya valley. Alternatively, take in part of the Lycian Way - all the way to Antalya if you have plenty of time!

Kaya Croquet Club:

Pure, eccentricity imported from England.

Fishing:

Hire a boat for your own private fishing trip or fish from the many vantage points close-by.

Water Sports:

Lots more besides the ones mentioned here. You name it - it'll be here.

When you've finished all of the above - 

Sunbathe by the pool at the apartment - go on - you've earned it!

 


Things to See - also in no particular order

Pamukkale (known as the "Cotton Castle"):

A truly natural wonder, formed by thermal springs containing calcium salts which have created stalactites and natural pools. The thermal waters laden with lime deposits have cascaded from the top of the plateau to form snow-white terraced basins. Soothe your aching limbs in a nearby pool! Also visit Hierapolis, set in beautiful scenery and visit a near-by carpet weaving centre for a great day out.

Calis Beach Sunset:

Magnificent! An unforgettable end to another day to remember.

Beaches (Yes! There are lots more besides Olu Deniz - and all beautiful, here's a few)

Patara:

Voted best beach in the world in a recent Sunday Times survey. This has 18km of soft white sand backing onto majestic dunes and bordered by mountains. The gorgeous landscape perfectly compliments the stunning beach. It is also home to the breeding ground of loggerhead turtles and to a national park. If that's not enough, it is also the birthplace of Santa Claus (St. Nicolas), and there is also an extensive site of a Roman town at which digging still continues.

Butterfly Valley Beach:

Boats leave Olu Deniz at 11.00, 14.00 and 18.00 every day, to this valley in an interesting canyon which stretches back from the cove some 3-4 km. The countless varieties and colours of the butterflies in their thousands, can be seen from June to October. Climb up to the waterfalls and you may be lucky and see the rare Tiger Butterfly. Take time out from watching the butterflies to sip a pina colada at the bar/restaurant - and relax!

Gemiler Beach:

A great day out. Swim, snorkel, eat and chill out. When you've regained your energy, check out the history. You can also hop across to St. Nicholas Island and explore the fascinating Byzantine ruins.

Kabak Beach:

Can be reached by car or boat, but is very secluded.

Kas and Kalkan Villages:

Walk through the narrow streets under the bougainvillea covering the whitewashed houses. Then cool off in the blue waters of Kaputas beach.

Xanthos:

Former Lycian capital and greatest city. Standing astride an elevated area Xanthos affords great views being surrounded by the Taurus mountains.

Letoon:

Lycia's sacred cult centre and sanctuary, featuring remains of 3 temples, an agora, a nymphaeum and an amphitheatre.

Kayakoy Ghost Village:

Under the 1923 Treaty of Lusanne the Orthodox Greek community who had lived here since the Ottoman Empire days, were forced to join the exodus from the newly proclaimed Turkish Republic. Around 2000 homes remain empty and give off a melancholy, brooding atmosphere - no wonder the Muslims who moved into the area refused to reoccupy them, believing them to be cursed. After walking the streets of this deserted Greek village, help yourself to a BBQ lunch.

Stunning Views of mountains and sea from all around.

Ephesus:

Probably Turkeys' most famous ancient site, including the amphitheatre (still used for concerts today) and the Library of Celsus. Visit the Virgin Mary's house on the way back.

Yakapark:

Watch the trout swim in a trough atop a bar at the trout farm, then choose the one you want for lunch! Uniquely peaceful and tranquil, except for the sounds of water and birdlife.

Tlios:

An easy walk but you can be adventurous and hire a moped to view this ancient site, dating back to 2000 BC. Formerly the Lycian "sports centre".

Uzumlu:

15km into the mountains lies this traditional Turkish village, surrounded by pine-clad forests, mountain streams and rugged hillsides.


Calis Beach (”the” beach of Fethiye)

In contrast to the surrounding countryside, the resort is very flat and so is ideal for those with mobility restrictions. It is a relaxed holiday resort in which you can either take in the stunning views while sipping a cool beer or take a stroll along the 4km long beach. On the other hand, make use of its handy position close to many activities, excursions and Turkish culture.
The block-paved promenade has a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops. There is a gentle breeze to keep you cool on those hot summer days. Enjoy all manner of water-sports, and at the end of day, the famous sunset as the sun drops below the crystal blue waters. Spend £1 on a great 30 min water taxi trip through the reeds of the canal, close to the bird sanctuary and into Fethiye harbour, every half hour, every day right up to midnight. The Dolmus mini bus also runs regularly until midnight (almost to your door) most useful after those exhausting days on the beach/on your feet or evenings in the bar!

There is now a great 5km promenade all the way from Calis into Fethiye.


Fethiye

Once the Lycian settlement of Telmessos, Fethiye is now a bustling market town which perfectly combines traditional Turkish life with that of a welcoming holiday resort. English is widely spoken with 10% of the residents being British. Fethiye has a beautiful harbour where you can get water taxis (to and from Calis Beach), and is the centre for a wide range of attractively priced excursions, including island boat trips on traditional Gullets, motor launches or fishing boats. It has a great selection of shops and the large open-air market selling vegetables, herbs, fruit, fish, meat, dairy products and local handicrafts must be visited. There are many historical attractions in the town and nearby, including rock tombs; ancient castle and artefacts museum. Also, as you would expect, here you can relax in a traditional Turkish bath.

 


Olu Deniz Beach

Surely one of the best beaches in the world, and certainly the most photographed in Turkey. This is the location of the blue lagoon. Clean, warm turquoise coloured water in varying shades of blue. Sit on the beach facing the incoming waves and peer into the blue. No need to dream of paradise here - you're there! The waters edge contrasts stunningly with the white shingle sandy beach. Very attractive and safe spot to visit for families with lots to do. Many sports and water activities can be found here including paragliding.

 


Gocek

Very pretty and exclusive fishing village. Very important yachting centre from which to explore the many bays and islands and surrounded by pine-clad hills. Superb fish restaurants. Charming!

 


Hisaronu & Ovacik

Set high up in the hills above Olu Deniz, these resorts are cooler during the day, however they turn on the heat in the evenings due to a lively nightlife with lots of popular music bars and discos.

 


Dalyan

See the loggerhead turtles nest on the beach during the summer. And there's no better way to do this than to take the African Queen boat down the Dalyan River through the nature reserve. Dalyan village is at the centre of a broad delta meeting the sea at the fine sand of Iztuzu Beach ("Turtle Beach"). Described as "one of the last corners of paradise", Dalyan is surrounded by bulrushes; cotton fields and pine-clad hills. At night this pretty riverside village comes alive with laughter and music in its many waterside bars and restaurants. The mud baths in this area (see things to do).

 


Caunos & Llica

Caunos is where you can get really messed up by taking a luxurious, cooling sulphur mud bath. Is also the site of impressive Lycian rock tombs. Follow up with a cleansing dip in the hot thermal waters at Llica. You'll never feel better - or younger!

 


Dalaman

Location of nearest airport - 45 minutes by car. The Dalaman river is the best in Turkey for rafting with grade 4 rapids.

 


Fethiye area Info -

One is at a loss for words to describe the beauty of Fethiye. If you are incurably addicted to exploring new horizons and are a lover of nature, this is the destination for you... What is it that makes these shores so delightfully indented with innumerable coves and the unbelievable beauty of nature. What makes it so alluring? Perhaps it is a bit of everything, who knows?

To wander through the bays of Fethiye is an adventure, an exuberance, a spring of joy. While passing from one to another, the grandeur that spreads out before your eyes is enhanced by the silhouettes of tiny islands, which lead you astray.

Fethiye seaport with its sheltered natural structure is an important stop for yachtsmen. A new modern marina project will be realised soon for a large number of yachts with all facilities on the other end at the bay.

The whole region excluding Fethiye and EÅŸen lowlands is covered with high mountains forming the south western spurs of the Taurus Range. These mountains exceeding 2000 meters extend to the coastline. On a sunny winter day it is a real pleasure to view the pines and snow decorated peaks intertwined with the blue sky. Besides the refreshing woody slopes with thyme, sage, laurel and pine trees the exceptional incense forest is another peculiarity of the Fethiye region. Covering a 100-hectare area the incense forest is an ideal campsite and a picnic area. Balsam obtained from incense trees has pharmaceutical and cosmetic value and it is also used as a fumigate in mosques and churches.

Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters prevails in the region. Temperatures are approximately 35°C in summers and usually not less than 12°C in winters. Seawater temperature is hardly below 17°C all year round, but up to 27C in summer.

Such farming for vegetables and industrial plants as cotton, sesame, tobacco, and aniseed are the major agricultural income sources. Each year about 250.000 tons of tomatoes are produced and exported. Bee-keeping and honey production, are carried out on a large scale here. Furthermore, there is large supply of Chromium ore and Fethiye is an important export part of this mineral in Turkey.

The climatic conditions permit almost all kinds of vegetables and fruit to be cultivated. The special nature of contact between the producer and the consumer may be witnessed in the town market, is most fascinating on Tuesdays. Life at the market and the shops  starts early in the morning and gives opportunities to locals and tourists to conduct business at most times of the day. Souvenir shops are located around the Turkish bath and the old Mosque. During the peak season one can buy leather-goods, carpets, rugs, jewellery and the other souvenirs as well as Turkish fashion clothes from these shops which stay open until the late hours. When you walk around, have a break at one of "Paspatur" Cafes for a cup of Turkish coffee or apple tea. You will relax and be prepared to enjoy more of the endless pursuits available.


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