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“a beautiful beach set in Turkish countryside and archeological ruins”
Review of Patara Beach

Patara Beach
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$28.37*
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Jeep Safari: Saklikent Gorge, Ancient Tlos and Patara Beach with Lunch
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Patara
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 12-mile long beach is also a National Park. Its proximity to the ruins keeps hotels from developing in the area, making it great for uncrowded swimming as well as bird watching.
Reviewed December 20, 2012

It is a very nice walk from Patara village about 30-40 minuts, passing by the archelogical site. The beach itself is an excellent sandy one, immense. Most people chose to settle close to the cafeteria and services area, but if you want desolation, it is a further few steps.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Perfect - muazzam. the best beach in turkey - türkiyenin en güzel plajı. Natural and antic place wonderfull. I like to stay all day in here. virgin place. saving place. korunmuş alan ve bakir bir bölge. even I can sleep in the night on the beach. Gece plajda dahi uyuyabilirim.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you want to get away from it all, meet me here. If you want luxury hotels and all the mod-cons go else where.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Think about the ancient site of Patara and the ruins that you can walk through by yourself before reaching the main entrance to the beach. Think of fine hot sand that runs for at least 17km (so you better bring more than flip flops for the sides of your feet burning too unless you only walk near the ocean). Think about no built up area in view except the main entrance with some food, drink, showers, change stalls, bathrooms (parasol and sun lounger rentals, entrance fee of 5TL but less if you get a pack of 10) with a backdrop of pine trees and mountains and sand dunes -- AMAZING LOOKING SAND DUNES !! Think about watching the sunset from atop a different entrance that doesn't have an entrance fee but also has nothing else so it's like camping (you better bring your own water and I suggest you ask the B&B in Gelemis that you may stay at to freeze it for you, and pick-up your garbage after yourself, no toilet either just nature). Watching that sunset standing on a sand dune that at certain points can make you feel like you are in the desert with nothing but sand and sky in view...priceless! (a few old Turkish movies were shot here to make it look like they were in the desert :))
St. Nicolas's tomb is maybe 30min away by car with ancient paintings of Christ and such on the ceiling of the church-like shrine (his bones were stolen from his tomb so unfortunately all you get a glimpse of is a broken stone tomb). There is another small entrance fee for those history buffs out there. There's a nice modern statue of him outside with his sack of goodies and little children around him waiting for their "gifts".
What brought me back here for the second time and certainly not the last is how I can have my own little piece of beach all to myself if I stay away from the main entrance. Sometimes, there were so few people that walked past that it felt like a deserted beach....ahhhhh... sea, sun, sky and relaxing with my sweetie... and it will stay like this for years and years because it is a conservation area for the Caretta Caretta turtles to lay their eggs (so you only have the beach to yourself from 8am to 8pm--no camping allowed).
Oh and don't forget to visit this one woman who's name eludes me when you drive back from the main entrance to the beach towards the village of Gelemis turn left at the main road through it and her house/storefront is about 200m down on the only touristy street there... she makes "manti" which is a Turkish dumpling usually with spiced ground beef topped with garlic yoghurt (you can ask for yoghurt without garlic) and spicy chilli flakes with either olive oil or some melted butter drizzled on top. When we ordered some I was totally taken aback when she got out her short wooden round table and started making the dough from scratch !! I thought we'd be there waiting for ages but she had a little plastic cookie cutter type contraption that helped her make one plate of manti and she served us 2 plates of it on our table in 20min max. I'm Turkish and I've NEVER tasted fresh manti before from scratch, it was amazing. Great ending to a perfect day.

1  Thank Dee C
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

One of the best beaches I have been to in Turkey. Oludeniz's water is the best, however, Patara is great because there is actually sand. The water was a little choppy when we were there but the view and atmosphere is truly bliss. Patara is off the beaten path, its not that big of a tourist attraction. Definitely recommend this beach!

1  Thank Haydar37
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