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Kastellorizo

So close to the Turkish coast – Kaş is just 2km away – that you can almost taste the East, the tiny, far-flung island of Kastellorizo is insanely pretty. Sailing into its one village (of the same name), past the ruined castle, minaret and pastel-painted neoclassical houses huddled around the turquoise bay, is soul enriching. 'Megisti', as Kastellorizo was once called (meaning 'great'), is the largest of a small archipelago at around only 10 sq km. And while it may lack powder-fine beaches, there are bathing platforms with ladders into the ocean and satellite idylls you can reach by boat.

It's easy to get stuck on the harbour – it is a magnet indeed. However, venture up 400 zig-zagging steps behind the village, and you'll be rewarded with a plateau, on which is a former monastery and the paleokastro, old town and fortress. Plus it boasts the most dramatic blue cave in the Med.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Kastellorizo.