Patara is known to be the motherland of St Nicolas the Wonderworker. Patara is not far from Xanthos and today is located in Helemish village. It was considered for a long time that the city was founded by Greek but the digging processes discovered that it was established by the Phoenicians. While the city was flourishing during the Lycian epoch.
There are many amazing ruins in Patara such as an antique set of thermal buildings, one of the popular amphitheaters, remnants of basements of the buildings. The city walls, temples and agora are also very interesting. You will definitely find something catching if you like ancient history, for example, the mysterious secret of Patara acropolis.
Patara is not about the sightseeing only as it has wonderful beaches with white sand and crystal water under the shining sun! These marvelous beaches are inhabited by marine turtles which are coming to the shore in the evening and there are no tourists when they are appearing. Patara is protected by the government nowadays and is considered to be an interesting historical place with a great amount of various animals and birds.
Moreover, it should be noticed that Patara beach has a unique length as there are 15 km separated by the estuary of the river.
There are unique sand dunes on the western part of the beach. This is the same sand which destroyed an antique city centuries ago while it is a striking fact for this type of landscape.
Text: Jevgeniy Nazarenko