If you’re wondering where to stay in Turkey – look no further.
I have spent quite a bit of time in Turkey; this year marked my fifth visit. I’m no local, but I have a pretty decent bit of knowledge to point you in the right direction of where to stay and what to do when you get there.
Where is it?
Eastern Europe / Western Asia
Why should I visit?
The country has so much to offer soooo – I will list each place that I have visited, cover the best attractions, and let you decide which place suits you best…
The town of Bitez is located 15 mins West of Bodrum (main city). Bitez is a peaceful little spot, ideal if you’re looking for a beach orientated break.
The main attraction is it’s crescent shaped beach lined with restaurants, bars, nick nacky shops and mini supermarkets; pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a typical sea side town.
Sounds pretty standard right? Wrong! The reason Bitez has made this list is because of it’s hidden beach club just around the cove…keep reading to find out more.
Oh, and the food here is insane – I did not have a bad meal once!
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Hop on a flight to Milas – Bodrum Airport, take a 40 min car journey, and you’re there!
If you search for Mor Plaj on Google maps, the beach club is just next door.
If you’re unsure of what I mean when I say beach club…Turkey is not known for having the best beaches, most are pretty rocky and nothing special. So, when I say beach club, I am referring to an ingenious alternative. It is basically a load of sun beds, parasols and usually a bar that are positioned on the edge of the sea front…no beach, just a step down in to the warm water below.
This place is honestly paradise. When you arrive, you are spoilt for choice of where to sit – up in the shaded terrace, down by the sea or on the pier…the choice is yours!
Comfy? Then settle down, put your feet up and feast your eyes on the food and drinks menu…fresh wood fired pizzas by the sea, yes please!
The club also has a short jetty to jump off and a floating platform out in the sea to cool off on.
This one is a given, but it has to be included.
Grab a drink from one of the bars behind, lay down your towel and chillax!
The sea here isn’t the most appealing, its a little dark looking due to the dark sand, but nothing beats a good sunbathe…save a dip in the sea for the beach club.
Ok, I have to be honest here – I didn’t realllyy spend much time in Calis Beach or Fethiye as I was staying at Jiva Beach Resort however, I did visit both.
Staying at resorts isn’t normally how I’d choose to spend a holiday buuuuut, this was an exception.
Although, because of my preconceived ‘I’m not a resort person’ thought process, I encouraged myself to explore further a field…so here it is, my (very brief) guide to Calais Beach and Fethiye (located under 10 mins apart from each other).
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Hop on a flight to Dalaman aiport, take a 40 min car journey, and you’re there.
As Fethiye is a port, there are a tonne of boat day trips on offer.
When I went there were easily over 40 boats lined up at the harbour, so I’m sure it’ll be easy to find a boat to hop on to for the day.
A days trip – which tends to set off at around 1o, comes back for 5 and incudes lunch is around £20.
Fethiye is a port city, pretty low key in terms of business and size, and the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Turkish cuisine.
Calais Beach is a pebble beach, so not so ideal for lying on – although, there are sun beds dotted up and down the beach.
What it’s best for is water sports…and who doesn’t love flailing around in the ocean on a huge inflatable!?
I’d love to explore the country beyond the three places I have visited – comment below if you know anywhere that tops these!