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The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Secret Seaside -

● The sim­ple but spot­less rooms are great, but the real draw is the su­perb home cook­ing; this is tra­di­tional Turk­ish food at its fresh­est and best (0090 242 843 5055; pataraakaypen­sion. com; dou­bles from £26). ● Lo­cated well away from the vil­lage, just 10 min­utes’ walk from a small beach. A fam­i­lyrun place, it has its own pool and of­fers Turk­ish cook­ing lessons. Great sea and sunset views (90 536 643 9199; bb­came­lion-com.webn­ode.nl; dou­bles from £44). ● This charm­ing ho­tel has a hill­side set­ting with fine views over the vil­lage and sea, its own pool, fruit tree-filled gar­den, Ot­toman ter­race and cedar-burn­ing wood stove. En-suite rooms are com­pact but stylish and com­fort­able; hosts Muzaf­fer and Anne-Louise are friendly and help­ful. They also have four self-cater­ing apart­ments

● A good bet for tra­di­tional sta­ples in­clud­ing stews, grilled fish and salad, or pide (Turk­ish pizza). Right in the cen­tre of Gelemis vil­lage. ● The Ly­cian Way, a su­perb 300-mile-long marked walk­ing trail, passes right by Patara. Take binoc­u­lars to en­joy the bird life, from bit­terns to marsh har­ri­ers, Syr­ian wood­peck­ers to glossy ibis. See cul­tureroutesin­turkey.com.

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