Patara A Little Piece of Paradise

Patara A Little Piece of Paradise
26 July 2021

The longest beach in Turkey, enchanting ancient ruins, a real nature’s paradise and the birthplace of Santa Claus!

Patara beach is a paradise of soft sand dunes from an ancient city, and the birthplace of Santa Claus, otherwise known as St Nicholas. He was born in Patara in the 3rd century.

The ancient city of Patara is situated close to one of the Mediterranean’s most famous holiday resorts, the town of Kalkan in the district of Kas, in Antalya. It’s also very close to Fethiye, another very popular holiday resort destination.
Patara Beach is one of nature’s most amazing works and could well be the setting for the most exciting surf you will ever experience.

It boasts stunning sunsets, sweeping sand dunes and the freshest air, fragranced with Pine, that you will ever breathe.
You can swim in the sea while enjoying views of the ancient city.
Patara Beach is well known for its shallow waters, making it a perfect place for children and its fine white sand. Legend has it that the sand here has extraordinary healing powers.

The beach is unsheltered and open on all sides which mean it is windy most of the time and shade is hard to find. Large waves crash on the shore making it an ideal destination for surfers.

Patara Beach spreads for 18 kilometres and is Anatolia’s longest beach. The beach also has protected status due to the Loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs on the beach.

This beach has also been used as a film location for Turkey’s renowned film industry, known as Yesilcam cinema.

Patara combines nature and history as well as many activities including horse riding, canoeing, paragliding, kayaking and scuba diving.

Just a 20 minute walk from the beach inland, are the magnificent Taurus Mountains.

Patara Village is 3.5 kilometres south of the D400 coastal highway. It’s well suited to low budget travelers with many little pensions and simple hotels charging very reasonable rates for rooms.
Patara Village is small, just inland from the beach. The ancient ruins of Patara are also just inland so no large hotels can be built because it’s an archeological zone.

The Patara ruins are well worth a visit as they are very interesting with tones of history surrounding them. You can see a sand- swept theater, a triple- arched triumphal gate, a necropolis (cemetery) with Lycian tombs, a ruined basilica and a public path.

The village of Gelemis is very close to the beach and those who holiday here normally stay in Gelemis. The village has a wide array of small local restaurants as well as some more sophisticated ones. There are also plenty of bars and nightclubs in the area if you want to experience a bit of nightlife.

Patara Beach is a protected area and it is not allowed to be entered by motorized transport, but this does not pose as a difficult situation. On the Fethiye- Antalya road you can find a path to Patara. Take this road and after six kilometers you will find yourself in the residential area near the Patara Beach. Also, everyday there are local minibuses (dolmus) departing to Patara Beach from locations such as Fethiye, Kas and Kalkan.

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