19 August 2013

Çalış Beach Welcomes You

Çalış Beach, an endearing seaside resort that isn't merely just a simple holiday town its great! It's not the most liveliest of places when compared to the other resorts but this resort town makes its impression in many other ways. Let me introduce you to the place that has welcomed us, a place that we have called our holiday home for the last decade.

Could Çalış be called the land of the rising sun? No not really, but Çalış Beach does undoubtedly has the best sunset that I have ever seen! At around 7pm each evening the sky changes into a warm crimson colour signifying the burning sun to slowly set, this sun takes its time to set until its ready to do so. It's a sight that is timeless to me, a scene that is definitely unforgettable. During this holiday I have seen the sun set once, I know that's not much but that one time was perfect. Yes its a timeless moment when I'm in town. Located just fifteen minutes away from Fethiye is the seaside town of Çalış, a tourist resort which has seen a great surge of development over recent years. Çalış Beach has been a holiday favourite for us for the last fourteen years or so. Us Brits took over a few years ago, Çalış Beach used to attract a serious amount of German tourists but not now! It's OK really but don't move our towels!

Tourism has taken a slight beating due to the trouble in Istanbul, but for one thing I'm appalled to see that people are staying away from Turkey's Turquoise Coast because they believe that they will be affected. In actual fact nothing drastic has happened in this region and Istanbul stands to be a twelve hour drive from Çalış Beach so I don't see why this should be an issue, It's all stupid really! Embrace the summertime by booking a holiday to Turkey's Turquoise Coast? Greece got to crazy priced with the Euro so me and my parents made the decision to buy property in Çalış, Turkey. Çalış Beach is a family friendly holiday town with a small night scene of clubs and bars, if its a club night that your looking for I would head over the mountain to Hisaronu. The promenade has been modernised over the years and then some, work is still in progress with the project to take the walkway to Fethiye so the wheels are in motion. Nevermind that, I want to get back to Çalış, Turkey!

Çalış's main street comes alive when that famous sun sets, presenting a series of restaurants and bars that will suit all palettes. Maria's English Restaurant and Bar caters for the Brits abroad who wants to stick to the British food favourites? Maria's English Restaurant serves up weekly Sunday Dinner's and Full English Breakfasts, its a home away from home! If Turkish cuisine is more your thing, try something at Mehtap Lokantasi, a Turkish Soup Kitchen that serves up delicious soup, kebabs and other Turkish Delights. Take a walk up Barış Manço Bulvarı away from Çalış Beach where you shall find Aydin Pide. Enjoy a pizza or pide at Aydin Pide. It's quintessentially Turkish with a crazy owner. I choose Turkish food most of the time because when I'm in Turkey I want to embrace the culture and essence of this country, we all have differing tastes! Boycott the big resorts for a slice of something Çalış! Don't be stupid!

Çalış Beach isn't really a lively resort in the respect of nightclubs, their are some select venues that try their best to cater for that niche. Amongst others the Scarlett Bar stands above the rest of the competition, owned by two brothers this ever-changing cocktail bar has turned itself into a vibrant club setting. Now and again I like to take things slow some nights, so with a little help from my Turkish friends I was introduced to Bahane Bar, meaning 'Excuse' in English I would give any excuse to have a quiet drink at this Turkish bar but saying that our first night there we got quite boozy! Just take it easy please! Oh my life! Families make up a large proportion of the tourists in Çalış Beach so the pace of this tourist town is fair but relaxed at the same tine. Çalış Beach has its own way of doing things when the sun sets, nothing is taken seriously because its all about having a great time whilst we're on holiday. I for one really appreciate a mellowed night out from time to time? You?

Tucked away at the far end of Çalış Beach's everlasting beach front, located to right side if I'm not mistaken is Onur Beach Cafe. This family run beach cafe welcomes all to enjoy the beach at this great location. Overlooking the shores of Çalış Beach boasting free Wi-Fi access and sunbeds to enjoy this beach side cafe, I think its quite fantastic. Whether it be breakfast time, afternoon or evening there is no better time to visit Onur Beach Cafe. Mind you the Gin and Tonic tasted strong, a hearty measure of liquor always makes the best for a scorching day in the Çalış Beach sunshine! Get out from your hotel to see the other side of Çalış Beach, things work differently in a good way at the Onur Beach Cafe, keep in mind this beach side cafe is family run by a small team so practice makes perfect. I mentioned before I'm not one for English food whilst I'm in Turkey but the Full English Breakfast was really tasty! Yes!

I feel a duty to champion such a place because the owner and his family have worked very hard for what they own, they must be living their dream! So, get down to Onur Beach Cafe and see what all the fuss is about and give this place a shout out on Trip Advisor because they deserve all the luck that comes their way! I'm not one of those people that favours the All-Inclusive style holiday so it always makes me feel better to contribute something to the local businesses within a resort. I've been down to Onur Beach Cafe several times this holiday as its accessible by the Günlükbaşı and Çalış Dolmuş, there is simply no excuse! Boycott the tourist traps and take a chance to visit the other side of Çalış Beach today. We support small local businesses at home, we should do the same on holiday! I have a lot going this side of 2013 and then 2014 so I can't commit to a date of return to Turkey, the phrase 'family holiday' might not exist anymore, I have new adventures planned!

Çalış Beach Welcomes You . . . 

Joseph Harrison 

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