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Coastal town or Island in Turkey: Bozcaada? Cirali? Cesme? Foca? Other?

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My husband and I are planning a September trip to Istanbul (maybe a week), and I'd like to tack on 4 days or so to somewhere seaside. Ruins aren't a priority for us. Neither are sports like windsurfing. What is:

- Great food

- Locals

- Scenic coastline (with good swimming if possible, but not a must - if water's too cold, no biggie)

- Unspoiled by big hotels and package holidays

- A real town with some stores, and decent number of restaurants

- Cute hotel in walking distance to said restaurants - and, if possible, the beach. But strolling to or being in town more important than strolling to beach.

Bozcaada looks great but I'm so puzzled about the logistics of getting there. It seems pretty complicated, or like a drag. Worth it anyway?

Or should we stick to the mainland and choose somewhere on the Med or Aegean coast? If it helps pinpoint the kind of atmosphere we like, some of our favorite places in Europe have been Modica in Sicily; Cadiz and San Sebastian in Spain. In Mexico, loved Zihuatanejo. In these parts, if we go to the beach, we like Sag Harbor.

Note: I posted this same q on Tripadvisor and got a rave for Cirali and for the Med coast over Aegean in general. Another friend of a friend gave a big thumbs up to Cesme, but I don't really know that person's taste. Interested in new perspectives.

TIA.

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