Patara Beach
Patara Beach
4.5
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Patara Beach is one of Turkiye’s largest beaches and a naturally protected area. Here, you can admire the breathtaking backdrop of Lycia’s towering limestone peaks and honey-yellow sand dunes. The dunes are great for sunset-watching and have also made cameos in many Turkish films. Other popular activities here include rafting, horseback riding and canoeing on the Dalaman River. Patara Beach is also the spawning area of the endangered loggerhead turtles—you might see them hatch if you're lucky. Consider pairing your visit to the beach with a trip to Patara’s ancient city and witness the fascinating ruins there too. – Tripadvisor
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MMKurth
Bristol, UK22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
What a beautiful place but sadly it is being ruined by litter. The site is supposed to be a "protected area" and a haven for nesting sea turtles BUT it is fast turning into an ashtray.

The government and local authority must take action to educate people and clean the beach.

There are thousands and thousands of cigarette butts in the sand, which are poisonous to wildlife and pollute the sea. Plus all the other plastics and now face masks that visitors leave behind instead of placing in a rubbish bin.

It is a similar problem on nearly all of Turkey's public beaches. But people have to pay to come here and clearly none of the money is used to preserve and conserve it. They need to make more signs, ask people not to smoke or leave their cigarettes in the sand, and employ people to clean the beach every day.
Written October 1, 2020
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maddy
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
We read the reviews good and bad before going. We are two pretty easy going people and decided to go, not entirely trusting the bad reviews. My goodness I wish we hadn’t gone. It is 180tl to enter and 50tl per sunbed or umbrella. It was dirty, absolutely packed and when we were paying the staff were nonchalant and bordering on rude. 
The umbrellas wouldn’t stay in the sand and fell over constantly. Lots of people brought their own chairs and put them around the beds so this made it more cramped. The beds are close together so when people exit the sea they will inadvertently drop water on you then flick sand over you with their flip flops. 
The toilets… avoid this at all costs if you can, that’s all I’m going to say on that. 
I’m staying in Kalkan and honestly zest beach club is a much better experience (we also got to see a turtle). If you are travelling from Kalkan you can save yourself 600tl taxi fees.
Written July 24, 2022
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ACathy3
Danbury, UK526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Patara is the best beach nearest to Kalkan if you love some waves and miles of Sandy beach. Interesting drive to get there because you drive past the many ancient ruins of Patara which you can visit . So much more is being discovered and preserved all the time
We just did the beach well organised with sun beds and shades which although basic are well spaced . In the hight of the season there is a life guard
The cafe is not the greatest with limited shelf service range since COVID so we decided not to bother but left for the village to eat
Written August 23, 2020
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Berk P
Türkiye23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Please do not spoil it because its the last remaining nudist beach in Turkey. The entrance fee is 20 tl per person. You need to walk like 1, 1.5 km on beach. If course without any facilities where you and nature is alone. But if you want, there is some at the entrance with lots of people surrounding you.
Written August 17, 2020
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LondonHamster51
London19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Beach is great and not really changed from the last time I went 20 years ago - mainly because it is a conservation area and I hope it stays protected. There are many more people here now as they provide sunbeds and parasols (they would make more money if they had mattresses as well as the sunbeds are a bit hard). The boardwalk needs extending as no good for anyone in a wheelchair or with a buggy as it stops short of the sunbeds and the cafe. Overall it is a beautiful spot and easy to get a dolmus or cab there and/or back. Pretty upset by the cigarette butts everywhere though as this never happened 20 years ago!
Written September 25, 2022
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stephenpepperday
Nottinghamshire, UK356 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
Visited here after a ten year break, this is one stunning stretch of sand..travelling up the beach it is clean and covered by huge sand dunes which back onto the ruins....
Coming back to the sunbed area the beds are all over the place and covered in sand and sadly the beach is filthy.
Surely charging 90tl entrance fee should go some way to paying someone to clean the beach and adding more bins..
Very disappointing
Written September 14, 2022
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Anthony R
Andover, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A really worthwhile visit. We had a long debate whether to go for the ruins and beach or just the beach. We were told it was cheap just to go to the beach but once we arrived at the entry kiosk we told otherwise. It would be 1000tl (£30 approx) for a 5day pass - no other option!! Surely this cant be right???
We decided to go for the whole experience. It cost 340tl each (a little over £10 in October '23) and was worth it. We spent 4 hours wandering the ruined city and trying to piece it all together. Since we entered from the kiosk rather than the car park, we did not see the diarama until the end. Then it all made sense and we could visualise the ruins as a city with harbour.
The downside of it all is that many parts of the ruined city are so overgrown as to be only partially visible or inaccessible. The signing and information boards leave a lot to be desired which meant we had to play it all by ear and guess our way around. The main features, as with most ruins, are the amphitheatre and the Assembly arena (this is very well reconstructed).
We followed this with some time on the Patara Beach. An extensive and beautiful sandy beach which we did not have time to explore properly. The sea does not shelve too steeply so making it accessible to all.
Written October 20, 2023
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Derek
London, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A man that we think is the owner of the Beach Cafe, was very rude and rather sleazy. He stood at the end of the bar dancing on his own to the music that he was playing, the volume was to the point that we couldn’t hold a conversation. Whilst there a customer with his family made a complaint to the staff. The owner got involved and verbal abuse was shouted at the customer, then a fight between them started. Families were shocked to see this happening, young children were crying. When the two men were separated the owner went and grabbed a very large knife and tried to get at the customer. The whole cafe turned into chaos, screaming parents, crying children, everyone trying to get out of the cafe. Disgusting behaviour! This man should, at the very least, have his license revoked.
Written August 22, 2022
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LorryLon
London, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
340 lira per person to go to a big beach covered in cigarette butts. The ruins are largely overgrown, with farm livestock grazing amongst them. Quite picturesque if you like that sort of thing but obviously the authority taking the money isn't that interested in doing anything with them. The rebuilt assembly building sticks out like the proverbial on a snooker table.
Written September 26, 2023
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Bahadir S.
Canakkale, Türkiye591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is one of the longest and most popular beaches of the region. You can reach here by entering the ancient city. I don't know if there is another transportation place. It is a beach whose sand is fine, shallow and occasionally wavy. It is known to be 12 km long. It is the beach where I went early in the morning and returned without swimming because it was wavy. It is recommended to come later in the day as it can be cool in the morning even though it is summer. The best place to watch the beach from the hill is the Sand Hills. It is also a convenient beach for caretta carettas.
Written March 19, 2020
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