So, you want to head off to the next Mediterranean beach adventure, eh? Well, we have just the destination for you to go to! The beaches of Patara in Turkey are waiting for you, and they have plenty of ancient secrets to reveal to you. Sounds interesting, huh? It truly is — so let’s get down to the ins and outs of this set of beaches, okay? Okay!
Patara is interesting because it’s actually the birthplace of St. Nicolas, the 4th century bishop that is better known as Santa Claus. This is not the only claim to fame that Patara possesses, of course. It’s got the temple of Apollo, even though there are only a few ruins of the grand old temple scattered around the area.
The beaches here are truly a site to belong. The sand is a nice bright white, and the beach is about 20km long — that’s a lot of beach!
However, this is another village where you won’t expect a lot of amenities or really many things to do other than sight see. You will need to make sure that you bring things to entertain yourself. This is a village that’s all about getting away and then recharging your batteries again, much like it was in Selinunte as well as Taormina.
The Turkish Mediterranean actually provides an interesting picture into a different side of life than what you might be used to from looking at the Italian and even the Greek side of things.
Even though there isn’t a whole lot to do, you will still find many symbols of traditional village life. So if you’re a big history fan, you’ll definitely appreciate being able to see just about everything that can be seen here in a rather short amount of time. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
What we really like most about the beaches of Patara is that development is frowned upon. There are plenty of people that really like the way Patara is right now, and they really don’t want to change anything about the village at all. So if you’re one of those people that always likes to check our barely touched areas of the world, Patara is definitely the way you want to go.
Getting into the country might be a bit tricky, as you will most likely have to fly into Istanbul and then take public transit (buses, mostly) to get to Patara. However, once you really step into the village and enjoy the peace and quiet it’ll be like you were meant to be there all along!