Arhalya
Arhalya

This dinky Turkish village started life as a fishing harbour. The village has managed to retain its traditional feel. Its sleepy streets are lined with wild flowers and family-run restaurants serving the catch of the day. The beach is the real star, though – Forbes magazine voted it one of the most luxurious stretches in the world. Take one look and you’ll understand why. Dramatic cliffs plunge down to cobalt waters, while soft white sands are backed by a ribbon of greenery. The views are just as impressive, with the Greek island of Kos over in the distance. And because hotels are the exception rather than the rule in these parts, the beach tends to stay pretty quiet. Swimming and sunbathing, days are best spent exploring the countryside, either on foot or by bike. And if you fancy a spot of shopping or dancing, the brighter lights of Bodrum are only about a 30-minute drive away.