Calis Beach is the ultimate family shore
Stretching west for more than four kilometres, this picturesque beach has coarse sand at the town end, turning to shingle at the other end.
A promenade lines the sand, and along the promenade there are a number of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. The promenade is one of the best places in Fethiye to kick back with a cup of Turkish coffee and people watch (discreetly from behind shades, of course). When the sun starts to go down families stroll along the walkway, enjoying the cooling air. In the evening the restaurants and cafes fill up as diners enjoy Turkish cuisine while looking out over the bay towards Sovalye Island and beyond.
The sea here is ideal for young children as the gradient of the shore is very shallow. Waves are non existent and there is no undertow here. Anyone with mobility issues will also like Calis for its flatness - unlike nearby Ovacik which is perched on a hill.
The restaurants that line the shore are competitive and so prices are low. Try some of the local specialities here: kebabs, mezes, seafood, steak; all served up with fresh salads and steaming Turkish breads.
There are a number of water sports you can partake in on Calis Beach, including parasailing and jetskiing. You can also take a water taxi over to Fethiye Town, where there is a greater variety of shops and restaurants.
On Sundays there is a large market held a few streets back from the beach. This Fethiye institution is well worth a browse. You can stock up on fresh local fruits and vegetables, nuts, dried fruits, handmade crafts, sweets, fabrics and beauty products. Don’t forget to haggle.
Further inland from Calis Beach you’ll find Uzumlu, a village hidden within the walls of a valley. This makes a nice excursion from the heat of Calis Beach, especially in the spring when the cherry blossoms are out in force. You can take lovely walks in the hills surrounding the village.
Calis Beach real estate has undergone a renewed surge of interest in line with the Turkish property boom experienced by the rest of the Fethiye region and wider Turkey. Prices are rising here and more buyers are realising the enormous buy-to-let potential of Calis Beach. Turkey on the whole is experiencing a self catering boom: tourists eschewing hotels in favour of holiday apartments or villas. Many Fethiye property owners are discovering they can make as much as 6% in rental returns each year.
Calis Beach villas and apartments are still reasonably priced although prices are rising in this area, as in wider Fethiye and Turkey.