Travel: The Best Beach Holidays In Mykonos: Greece And Kalkan: Turkey

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Mykonos – Greece :For A Lively Break

With its gorgeous sandy beaches, Mykonos is a glamorous, chic member of the Greek Islands. It’s family friendly but also caters for the sporty types as well as the party people. Perfection!

At the heart of Mykonos is its capital, Chora which is traditionally Greek. White houses with bright blue shutters, and balconies in a maze of cobbled streets, and tiny chapels and squares are combined with designer shops.

For a lively night out visit Montparnasse, a piano bar where show tunes are sung every night. Enjoy lovely food from Gola, a stylish Italian restaurant perched on top of a hill, overlooking the sea. Sea Satin Market is another restaurant right on the water’s edge in Mykonos town.

Theoxenia is a stylish boutique hotel on the edge of the town, beside the famous windmills. With it’s elegant décor, four-poster beds around the pool and bar and restaurant, the hotel provides an oasis of calm just a stones throw from the town.

Admire the sunset from a bar terrace in the waterside neighbourhood of Little Venice – it’s beyond picturesque.

No matter how fierce the heat, the Meltemi, a strong Cycladic wind, keeps the temperature bearable.

Kalkan, Turkey: For Sun Seekers And History Fans

In the Turkish resort of Kalkan, glorious sunshine lasts well into October, while the surrounding coastline has a mix of golden sand and pebble beaches with long, open stretches and smaller bays. The water is clean and clear, with a mixture of rolling waves and calm seas. The cobbled streets which go down to the harbour are surrounded with lively restaurants and bars, but the mountains around the bay make Kalkan more dramatic.

Don’t miss a boat trip which stops at bays and islands so you can swim in the warm sea. Or you can take a boat trip to the city of Kekova, as well as a tour of the town of Kas to the Greek Island of Meis.

You can also visit the river of Dalyan to see the rock foundations of the Caunos tombs. Visit the mud baths and thermal spring for some pampering.

Great food can be found at Korsan Meze restaurant, where you can have a plate of delicious meze and imaginative seafood dishes.

For a great stay try The Rhapsody Hotel, which is a charming boutique hotel with wonderful views of the bay and its own hammam. Good food, airy, comfortable rooms and friendly staff make this a perfect holiday bolt hole.


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