If you want all night clubbing, then you\'ve come to the wrong place! If you just want to chill out, have a relaxing holiday with a couple excursions, then Chalis Beach is perfect.
It was the very start of the season, and already the restaurants and bars were in full swing. Nothing too brash or loud, but all the locals quickly become your \'best friends\' as they try to entice you to their particular restaurant or bar. There\'s plenty of typical British food available, (even down to Tesco\'s bacon and sausages - although there\'s no Tesco in the area). There\'s also a full range of international and local food for the more adventurous. The local beer (Efes) ...
is fine and if you search hard, you can find the local Turkish cider, although a bit pricey. Britsh style beers are also available.Read More
On the seafront, Ahmet of Nil\'s restaurant was most helpful. We ate there on a couple of occasions at lunchtime, but we really should have returned for an evening meal. The Sharem (on the corner of the seafront and the main road) was a little more \'up market\' but with excellent food and service. One of the waiters was a \'natural\' with keeping kids entertained.
Joseph\'s bar on the main street became a firm favourite. With cider and Pina Coladas (complete with sparklers) becoming the norm for a couple of evenings, it was a most pleasant bar for relaxation. One of the Joseph\'s (there are two) looks distinctly like David Coulthard!
The Istanbul restaurant was only a couple of doors away. It had good basic food and reasonably priced. For the sad guys, their broadband internet was available for free.
The beach was clean, albeit more shingle than sand. Maybe there was an onshore wind much of the time, but it\'s still the Med!
There\'s a variety of souvenir, clothes and handbag shops to keep the women happy, as well as buggies, quad bikes and jeeps available for hire for the \'boys and toys\' enthusiasts.
We tried to find the local market on Sunday morning, but failed. Make sure you get a local map and directions from your hotel first! As we found at another market during our stay, the market traders are friendly but pushy. Be prepared to haggle, and do not be afraid to walk away - ther\'s always another market stall with the same goods.
Boat excursions are also available, although there may be more selection in the nearby town of Fethiye which was about 20 minutes away by water taxi. At 2.5 YTL, they provide good value, although the local bus (dolmus)is also a good way to get around at 1 YTL per trip. Here, in the old part, you will find more bustle, entertainment and night life compared to Chalis Beach, but we preferred to be away from the action for the most part.
All the locals were most friendly and helpful. Most spoke good English. A good clean resort that will appeal to the British, we felt safe at all times. We will defintely return.