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Patara beaches and things you didn’t know
Patara and things you didn’t know!
The beaches of Patara are 11 miles from the ancient city of Patara, with ruins now remaining. The beaches stretch for 11 kilometers along the Mediterranean Sea, and legend has it that Santa was born there. You may not believe it, but the stories suggest that Santa Claus was born in Patara in the third century BC and died there, after which he became a bishop of the Catholic Church.
Patara Beach is one of the longest and most deserted beaches in Turkey, with a protected species of loggerhead turtles that have been estimated to have been on the coast of Patara for more than 40 million years.
From the southeast end of the beach, you can see distant limestone cliffs, where Turkish farmers grow vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplants and more. Between these fields and the high hills in the distance, you will find a wetland that is home to numerous birds and frogs that have lived on the coast of Patara for many years. West of the sea, the shallow beach with warm sand is an attractive place for families.
Village of Patara
The village of Patara is 3.5 kilometers south of the D400 coastal highway, which offers cheap, affordable hotels and accommodation. The village is in a shallow valley dating back roughly 70 years. Apparently, part of the settlers who spent their summers in the valley decided to establish a permanent residence in the 1950s, turning the valley into a small village. Nearby there are several restaurants, shops and cafés nearby.
It is interesting to know that in the Patara area all the people’s administrative affairs are managed locally. Except for the beachfront coffee shop, pensions, office spaces and restaurants are all managed by the people. The profits from the area’s coffee shop run by local officials are all spent on rural development and current affairs.
Ancient city of Patara
Founded by the mysterious Lycians, it was an important city in the Roman Empire. The streets and remnants of its buildings are a great place for sightseeing and photography. It is interesting to know that an archeology team from the University of Antalya is deployed to the Pattara area every summer and millions of dollars are being spent by the Turkish government to rebuild important buildings in the city.