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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.

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