BLISS­FUL BEACH TIME IN... TUR­KEY

Women's Health (UK) - - WELL TRAVELLED -

WHERE? Kalkan, Tur­key

WHY? To ex­er­cise and eat in un­spoilt sur­round­ings

HOW MUCH? A dou­ble room and break­fast at the Samira Ho­tel in Oc­to­ber starts at £64 per night; sami­ra­ho­tel.com

Kalkan, you’ll dis­cover, is the un­sung gem of the Med. Backed by moun­tains, it’s big enough to of­fer a full quota of hol­i­day plea­sures but in­ti­mate enough to con­vince you that you’ve found some­where spe­cial. The fish­ing vil­lage-turned-re­sort town of­fers laid-back yet highly af­ford­able in­dul­gence, whether you de­cide to hire a villa to unwind or stay at the Samira Ho­tel and loaf on cush­ioned day beds be­side the palm-flanked pool. Tem­per­a­tures in Oc­to­ber can hit the mid-20s and the pace of life here is a se­ri­ous dial down from re­al­ity back home. Re­lax in wa­ter­front cafes while sip­ping iced cof­fees or cock­tails and feast on pa­rades of meze, fresh sea bream and mar­i­nated lamb on rooftop ter­races over­look­ing the har­bour.

For a glimpse of ru­ral life yet to meet the 21st cen­tury, head into the hills of Is­lam­lar, a pine-fresh vil­lage fa­mous for its trout, nour­ished by a moun­tain spring. The 10-mile-long beach at Patara, un­de­vel­oped but for a sin­gle cafe, is a pro­tected nest­ing site for log­ger­head tur­tles as well as a re­mark­able ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site for get­ting your cul­ture on. An­other mem­o­rable beach – Ka­putaş, a post­card-pretty cove of fine sand at the bot­tom of a flight of 185 steps, shel­tered by head­lands and fronted by gor­geous turquoise waters – ce­ments the area as the ideal jaunt for any­one who wants to up their run­ning game. There’s noth­ing like the re­sis­tance of sand to add an ex­tra di­men­sion to PB chasing.

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