• Patara Beach
  • Patara Village
  • Patara – archaeology and history
  • Things to do in the area

Accommodations

Please find below a list of the accommodations and their contact details. To find out further information on each of these, please visit the appropriate web site or contact them by telephone.

Mehmet Apart hotel & Kirca Travel

www.mehmetaparts.com

www.kircatravel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435032   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435078

Golden Pension

http://www.pataragoldenpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435162    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435008

Golden Lighthouse Hotel

http://www.pataragoldenlighthouse.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435107   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435175

Flower pension

www.pataraflowerpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435164   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435279

Akay Pension

www.pataraakaypension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 843 5172
Fax: (0090) 242 8435172

Caretta Pension
Ferah Hotel

www.ferahhotel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435180   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435282

Gelemis apart
Jet Pension

www.jetpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435128

Orkinos hotel

www.orkinos.de
Tel: (0090) 242 8435238

Patara Viewpoint hotel

www.pataraviewpoint.net
www.pataraviewpoint.com
Tel: (0090) 242 84 5184    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435022

Pataros hotel

www.otelpataros.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435235   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435243

Rose Pension

www.rosepensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435165

St. Nicholas Pension

www.stnicholaspensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435154   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435024

Boutique Hotel Xanthos

www.xanthospatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435015   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435069

Zeybek Pension

www.zeybek1pension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435072  
Fax: (0090) 242 8435132

Patara Resort

The beach….

18km of golden sands18km of golden sands backed by the dunes and the Taurus mountains and regularly featured as one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and un spoilt beaches. Due to the strict conversation laws there is not a building to be seen, which is what makes this beach so special, endless golden sands, surrounded by nature.
The beach is one of the few remaining beaches in the world, where the Loggerhead turtles still come to lay their eggs between May and October, so measures are in place to ensure that it can be enjoyed by holiday makers and still remain protected for the turtles.

Dunes of Patara The small café on the beach is run by the local village of Patara (Gelemis), giving employment to local young people. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for hire. Other facilities include shower, toilets and an attractive café area, all designed to be in keeping with the local surroundings. A percentage of the profits goes back into the village community. In 2007 this money was used to renovate the village school. The project has been a great success and in addition to benefiting all 45 children who attend the school, it will also benefit the wider community, as the smart new playground and garden will be available for local weddings.

Patara's unique locationWhen you arrive on the beach, you can either choose to hire a sun bed and umbrella and stay close to all the beach facilities, or alternatively head off to find your own little part of the stunning 18km stretch of golden sands. The beach of Patara is so large that it never feels crowded.





a beautiful 20 minute walk How to get there:
It is a beautiful 20 minute walk from the village to the beach, however many of the accommodations provide a complimentary beach service. There is a mini bus service running from the village centre (small charge payable) and taxis are also always available. ‘Beach service’ buses run from the nearby towns of Kalkan and Kas.




Loggerhead turtles weigh up to 200kg and spend all of their life in the water. The females only come ashore to lay their eggs and come up onto the beach at night. They dig a large hole (net) in which they lay their eggs, which they then cover with sand. After 60 days incubation in the summer sun, the small, newly hatched turtles dig themselves free. This usually happens at night, as in order to find their way to the sea, the tiny turtles turn towards the brightest surface – usually the moonlight reflecting on the water. The females remember this place for the rest of their lives. 20 to 30 years later they will return (often from thousands of km away) to the very same beach to lay their eggs. This means that Patara beach needs to continue to be protected as a breeding ground, so that the remaining population does not become extinct. For this reason the beach is out of bounds between sunset and sunrise and no lights or buildings with lights are permitted on the beach or surrounding area.

Accommodations

Please find below a list of the accommodations and their contact details. To find out further information on each of these, please visit the appropriate web site or contact them by telephone.

Mehmet Apart hotel & Kirca Travel

www.mehmetaparts.com

www.kircatravel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435032   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435078

Golden Pension

http://www.pataragoldenpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435162    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435008

Golden Lighthouse Hotel

http://www.pataragoldenlighthouse.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435107   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435175

Flower pension

www.pataraflowerpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435164   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435279

Akay Pension

www.pataraakaypension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 843 5172
Fax: (0090) 242 8435172

Caretta Pension
Ferah Hotel

www.ferahhotel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435180   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435282

Gelemis apart
Jet Pension

www.jetpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435128

Orkinos hotel

www.orkinos.de
Tel: (0090) 242 8435238

Patara Viewpoint hotel

www.pataraviewpoint.net
www.pataraviewpoint.com
Tel: (0090) 242 84 5184    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435022

Pataros hotel

www.otelpataros.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435235   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435243

Rose Pension

www.rosepensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435165

St. Nicholas Pension

www.stnicholaspensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435154   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435024

Boutique Hotel Xanthos

www.xanthospatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435015   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435069

Zeybek Pension

www.zeybek1pension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435072  
Fax: (0090) 242 8435132

Patara Resort

The Village

Patara also known as Gelemis.In Patara (also known as Gelemis), life slows to a different pace- where time can be forgotten and where visitors can quickly feel at home. It is an informal place, where friendships between the locals and visitors are easily formed resulting in visitors returning year after year to see old friends.






Bee keeperThis small village, untouched by mass tourism is set in the foothills of the mountains, next to a wonderful 18km sandy beach, regularly featured as one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and un spoilt beaches.
Much of life here is geared around agriculture. Most of the locals have olive groves and fruit orchards, green houses filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers and small plots of land on which they grow seasonal vegetables including beans, chillis, sweet corn, and sesame.
Clusters of traditional beehives can be found in the hills around the village, used for the production of delicious local honey.

18km of golden sandsA stay in Patara will give you chance to meet local people, listen to their stories and learn about their customs. You are encouraged to celebrate local culture and traditions, including weddings, engagements and festivals You will learn a little about the way of life as it has been in rural Turkey for many years.






18km of golden sandsThe village is situated in Patara National Park, therefore building is severely restricted. It is a short but very pleasant walk to the beach, however most accommodations offer complimentary transport and there is a local mini bus service running from the centre of the village. The village is in a wooded valley, surrounded by open countryside.
In the centre of the village is the ‘cay’ (tea) garden where the locals meet to put the world to rights. There is the mosque, from which the evocative sound of the call to prayer can be heard several times a day. There are a few small shops, a post office, a couple of barbers and a handful of restaurants and lokantas in which to enjoy simple, but delicious meals. Visitors will delight in the variety of fresh local produce. Fresh herbs, such as wild thyme, oregano, fennel and sage, flourish in the mountains. The traditional local cuisine makes full use of the abundant fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs grown locally. The village is quiet and evenings can be spent enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants, followed by a drink or a ‘cay’ (tea) and an ice cream, chatting with the locals in the village tea garden, before returning to your chosen accommodation and relaxing with your hosts and fellow guests.

18km of golden sandsOn the evenings when a little more sophistication is desired, Kalkan with its abundance of rooftop and harbour side restaurants and its warren of narrow streets filled with small boutiques and gift shops, is only a short drive away.






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Accommodations

Please find below a list of the accommodations and their contact details. To find out further information on each of these, please visit the appropriate web site or contact them by telephone.

Mehmet Apart hotel & Kirca Travel

www.mehmetaparts.com

www.kircatravel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435032   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435078

Golden Pension

http://www.pataragoldenpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435162    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435008

Golden Lighthouse Hotel

http://www.pataragoldenlighthouse.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435107   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435175

Flower pension

www.pataraflowerpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435164   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435279

Akay Pension

www.pataraakaypension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 843 5172
Fax: (0090) 242 8435172

Caretta Pension
Ferah Hotel

www.ferahhotel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435180   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435282

Gelemis apart
Jet Pension

www.jetpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435128

Orkinos hotel

www.orkinos.de
Tel: (0090) 242 8435238

Patara Viewpoint hotel

www.pataraviewpoint.net
www.pataraviewpoint.com
Tel: (0090) 242 84 5184    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435022

Pataros hotel

www.otelpataros.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435235   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435243

Rose Pension

www.rosepensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435165

St. Nicholas Pension

www.stnicholaspensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435154   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435024

Boutique Hotel Xanthos

www.xanthospatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435015   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435069

Zeybek Pension

www.zeybek1pension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435072  
Fax: (0090) 242 8435132

Patara Resort

Patara – archaeology and history

Patara's TheatrePatara is in the heart of the Lycian region, a region boasting thousands of years of history, breathtaking scenery and hundreds of kilometres of unspoiled coastline. 2000 years ago Patara was the largest and most important sea port of the Lycian civilization. According to Mythology Apollo was born here and it is also recorded as the birthplace of St. Nicholas.

As the principle port on the coast of Lycia, Patara has a long history. Excavations are slowly bringing the city’s ancient history to light. The finding of coins and ceramic fragments, during excavations, date the city to at least 7th century BC.

Roman Periode Patara had a three vote right in the Lycian league, as did the cities of Xanthos, Tlos, Olympos and Myra. The league generally held its league conferences in Patara, which was its harbour as well, Patara, which didn’t lose its importance during the Roman Empire, was also the seat of the Roman provincial governor, who turned it into a port from which the Roman fleet maintained contact with the eastern provinces. In the meantime Patara was the harbour where crops harvested in Anatolia were stored and kept for shipment to Rome. The large grain stores built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian are still standing.

Roman PeriodeDuring the Roman period, Patara became the capital of both the Lycian and Pamphylian provinces, it also became famous as one of Apollo’s soothsaying centres. Patara’s oracle at the renowned temple of Apollo was said to rival that at Delphi and the temple equalled the reputation of the famous temple on the island of Delos. It was believed that omens were interpreted during the winter in Patara and the summer in Delos. A large bust of Apollo, discovered on the hillside, beyond the city gate, indicates the existence of an Apollo temple, which is yet to be found.
During the Byzantine period, Patara again lost none of its importance and became a Christian centre of some significance. It is known for being a place of St.Paul’s missionary work at the end of his third missionary journey as he changed ships en route to Jerusalem. Patara is also the birthplace of St. Nicholas, who was born to a wealthy family from Patara and later went on to become Bishop of Myra.Roman Periode

The old city now forms part of a protected area (along with the beach). The site is fascinating and well worth a few hours exploration. Excavations carry on each year, under the close direction of Professor Fahir Işik from the university of Antalya. Discoveries so far include: a magnificent theatre, an amazing main street, baths, temple agora, granary, many sargophogii, a bouleutrion (government building, which has received a lot of press coverage), the magnificent triumphal arch and located at the harbour entrance, what is reputed to be one of the oldest lighthouses in the world.

St. Nicholas

St. NicholasAround 300Ad, during a prosperous era for Patara, a rich wheat merchant had a son and named him Nicholas. Many years later after the death of his father Nicholas inherited a large estate and decided to use it to aid the poor. At around the same time, one Patara’s wealthiest men fell into poverty to such an extent that he lacked the means even to gather dowries for his daughters. He felt so desperate that he even considered selling his daughters. Nicholas decided to help them – he entered their house secretly in order to remain anonymous and spare the family’s honour. While they were sleeping, he crept in through an open window and left a bag of gold, to cover the dowry of the eldest daughter. Later he then helped the two younger daughters in the same way, but as the windows were closed he dropped the small sacks of gold down the chimney. The small bags of gold landed in their shoes which were drying in front of the fireplace. This is one of the many stories that started the legend of St. Nicholas delivering gifts to children. Now on the 6th December every year, children in many countries in Northern Europe eagerly await a visit from St. Nicholas leaving small gifts in their shoes. At St. Nicholas church in Myra (Turkey) there is a church ceremony every year on the 6th December.

Accommodations

Please find below a list of the accommodations and their contact details. To find out further information on each of these, please visit the appropriate web site or contact them by telephone.

Mehmet Apart hotel & Kirca Travel

www.mehmetaparts.com

www.kircatravel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435032   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435078

Golden Pension

http://www.pataragoldenpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435162    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435008

Golden Lighthouse Hotel

http://www.pataragoldenlighthouse.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435107   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435175

Flower pension

www.pataraflowerpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435164   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435279

Akay Pension

www.pataraakaypension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 843 5172
Fax: (0090) 242 8435172

Caretta Pension
Ferah Hotel

www.ferahhotel.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435180   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435282

Gelemis apart
Jet Pension

www.jetpension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435128

Orkinos hotel

www.orkinos.de
Tel: (0090) 242 8435238

Patara Viewpoint hotel

www.pataraviewpoint.net
www.pataraviewpoint.com
Tel: (0090) 242 84 5184    
Fax: (0090) 242 8435022

Pataros hotel

www.otelpataros.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435235   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435243

Rose Pension

www.rosepensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435165

St. Nicholas Pension

www.stnicholaspensionpatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435154   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435024

Boutique Hotel Xanthos

www.xanthospatara.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435015   
Fax: (0090) 242 8435069

Zeybek Pension

www.zeybek1pension.com
Tel: (0090) 242 8435072  
Fax: (0090) 242 8435132

Patara Resort

Things to do in the area....

Patara's unique locationPatara’s unique location close to the sea, mountains, gorges forests and many of the country’s most fascinating archaeological sites, make it an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful part of Turkey.
There is something here to suit everyone, whether you are a culture vulture, a beach lover an action seeker or simply love to explore the variety of experiences that a holiday in another country has to offer.



Patara's unique locationTurkey is a mountainous country, with beautiful scenery and large areas of unspoiled countryside, which are wonderful preserves for an extraordinary variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. Whether you are following a coastal route or hiking up in the mountains, you will be rewarded with spectacular views and stunning scenery. There are many walks in the area surrounding Patara and the famous ‘Lycian way’ is right on the doorstep. The mountainous nature of the country has had a strong influence on its cultural evolution. For centuries, nomadic and semi nomadic peoples have lived here and migrated with their livestock to the fresh pastures of the mountains. The people of Patara have strong nomadic links. Until the 1960’s families would spend the winters in Patara and then in the hotter months migrate with their livestock to the ‘yayla’ (summer mountain pastures) Most families have land in the mountains near Gömbe and the older generation still still spend the summers in the coolness of the mountain villages. It is a rewarding day out to travel up through the vast cedar forests to discover the rich interior and stunning mountains near Gömbe (where you can also visit the green lake) and the old Ottoman town of Elmalı, steeped in history and tradition.


Horse riding is a romantic way in which to explore the countryside and provides an opportunity ro ride through the dunes and along the golden sands of Patara beach. Both beginner and experienced riders are catered for. Another wonderful way to spend a day in Patara National Park is to join a canoe trip down the river from Xanthos to Patara beach. No experience is required to share an exhilarating day on the river, stopping for a barbecue lunch under the shade of the trees on the riverbank.


boat tripFor sea lovers there is plenty of opportunity to spend a day out on a boat. Spend the day meandering along the local coastline and around the islands opposite Kalkan, snorkel and swim in the crystal clear turquoise blue waters, enjoy a barbecue lunch in a quiet secluded picturesque bay. Alternatively experience the beauty of the underwater world. A wide assortment of dive packs and courses available, catering for both the beginner and experienced diver. If you prefer a faster pace of life, then various water sports are available from the beach clubs in Kalkan, including water skiing, ringo, wake boarding, bananas, speed boat hire and dinghy sailing.

Patara's unique locationAs Patara lies in the heart of ancient Lycia, there are many superb archaeological sites to visit in the area. Those within easy access of Patara include: Tlos, Pinara, Xanthos, Letoon, Myra, Sydima, Phellos, Kekova island, Aperlae and a little further a field Olympos, Phaselis and Aspendos.






St. NicholasFor bargain hunters there are several local markets held on different days of the week. The largest of these is in Fethiye, but the smaller markets in Kalkan and Kas also offer plenty of opportunity for bartering to purchase textiles, leather goods, jewellery, spices, copper,Turkish towels and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Other places worth visiting during a stay in the area include the Greek island of Meiz with its very pretty waterfront and the deserted Greek village of Kaya Koyu, which features as the setting for Louis de Bernieres novel ‘Birds without wings’. As Patara is the birthplace of St Nicholas, it is also worth visiting St. Nicholas Church, located in Demre, near to the amazing rock tombs and theatre at Myra and the castle, harbour and stunning coves around Kekova.
No trip to Turkey would be complete without visiting a Hamam or Turkish bath. Enjoy an invigorating wash, cleanse and scrub at Fethiye’s traditional Ottoman Hamam, followed by a relaxing aroma therapy or rose oil massage. A truly wonderful experience. Turkish baths also available in local hotels.