The ruins of Patara, spread out over an extensive area, are worth a full day to explore. Compared to the tourist circus of Ephesus, the ruins, when we were there, were only visited by a few small tour groups, but are just as fascinating as any of the many other ancient sites we visited in our 6 weeks in Turkey. You need to be prepared to walk a reasonable distance, as the various ruins are quite spread out eg the lighthouse, Granarium etc, but are well worth it. Just take the time- this is not a 1 hour whistle stop-if you want to really appreciate it. The colonnaded street, the theatre, bouleuterion, Arch of Modestus are all spectacular, but take time to explore the various baths, necropolis etc
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