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Kalkan: a gem of a Turkish harbour town

The small harbour town of Kalkan is on a horseshoe bay in southern Turkey, and stays warm well into the autumn. All of the shops and cafes are still open for business in October and this is a perfect time of year to take a gulet cruise to explore the bay and the neighbouring islands (Kekova Island is a must), all of which are quieter during the autumn.

As are the beaches - Kalkan itself has a small pebbly beach, but it's worth travelling out to Kaputas or the famous Patara Beach, which is part of a national park and rich in birdlife. Both beaches can be reached using the regular dolmus (shared taxi/minibus) service from the town centre, as well as by boats from the marina.

Direct flights are on offer until 2 November with Easyjet to Dalaman (approximately two hours from Kalkan) from Gatwick and Manchester. ThomasCook offers flights year-round to Dalaman from Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted.

For digs try the Rhapsody Hotel, a five-minute walk from the centre of Kalkan (although it's a steep hill). It's small (just 27 rooms and suites) and has a Turkish bath and sauna, private pool and fantastic views. Talk to Anatolian Sky Holidays (0845 365 1011). Exclusive Escapes (020 8605 3500) also offers a small collection of top-notch hotels in Kalkan, including the Kalkan Regency, while Simply Travel (0871 231 4050) offers authentic apartments and villas.

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