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Patara beach is one of the largest and most picturesque beaches in Turkey which is set close to the ancient Lycian city of Patara on the coast of the Turkish Riviera.
Voted as one of the best beaches in the world, this natural beach, which has also long held Blue Flag status; is a made up of fine sand and enormous sand dunes, under which lays the infamous historic city.
This famous tourist hotspot is also famously known as a breeding ground for giant sea turtles that lay their eggs there in the night in the summer months. For this reason the beach normally closes after sunset until the early hours of the morning.
The ruins of the Lycian city of Patara are one of the most important ancient areas in Turkey. The beach which stretches out across 18 kilometres is also a protected nature reserve area.
So you can be certain that you will not find any huge hotel chains, or loud music bellowing from beachfront restaurants, cafes or bars.
But if you’re looking to spend the day relaxing on the beach there are lots of sun beds and umbrellas for hire. It could also be a great spot for a picnic.
Patara beach is also infamous for being the birthplace of St Nicholas aka Father Christmas. Who is said to have been born there in around 280 A.D. and died circa 32 A.D.
The stone remains of the Lycian city are now mostly covered by the large dunes.
Many people, who visit Turkey, go to Patara to soak up its quaint charm. The beach itself is very beautiful and steeped in history. Unlike other beaches in Turkey which have more of a mass tourism vibe, this beach has kept its natural essence, which makes it a great place to chill out soak up the beauty of the Turkish landscape.
Patara amphitheatre is full of atmosphere and once upon a time it seated 10.000 citizens. Nowadays half of it lies buried under a huge sand dune.
Patara is great place to stop off and check out if you’re travelling alone, in a group or with family.
If you’re staying close by, it’s a must see and if you are not, you can simply jump in a car from many popular holiday resorts and make a day of visiting Patara so you see what all the fuss is about!
It’s a great option if you are looking for a break from the pool or some of the more crowded and noisier beaches in Turkey.
And a visit to this beautiful beach does not cost an arm and a leg either.
Entry to the beach & ruins will cost you 5 TL per person.