Places to Visit
Patara is a wonderful base from which to explore this fascinating area of Turkey. A region boasting thousands of years of history, breath taking scenery and miles and miles of unspoiled coastline.
There are many fascinating archaeological sites including Patara, Pinara, Tlos, Letoon, Xanthos, Sydyma,Simena and Myra. The beauty of these sites is that not only are they all set in stunning locations, but they rarely attract bus loads of tourists and so can be explored by the independent traveler at a leisurely pace.
There are areas of outstanding natural beauty. Visit the Gorge at Saklikent, take a canoe trip down the river in the Nature reserve at Patara, or go horse riding through the pine forests and over the sand dunes. Spend a day on a boat exploring the stunning coastline, giving you chance to swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters. Take a trip up into the mountains surrounding Patara, where you can experience village life that has not changed for centuries.
Some of the highlights to explore only a short distance from Patara:
Fethiye. Approximately 1 hour from Patara. A typical Turkish harbour town Have a traditional Turkish bath in the Old Ottoman hamam, shop at the market, eat at the fish market, explore the great selection of shops, visit the museum and amphitheatre
Kas. Aproximately 45 mins from Patara. A pretty harbour town, originally Greek with Lycian ruins, amphitheatre, lovely shops and restaurants. Amazing drive along the coast.
Kaya Koyu. A deserted Greek village lying between Fethiye and the Coast. Louis de Berniere’s novel Birds without wings is thought to be based on this village.
St. Nicholas church at Demre. St Nicholas was born in Patara and then moved to Demre.
Kekova (sunken city) and the pretty village of Simena. A stunning setting and steeped in history.
Islamlar. A traditional Turkish village in the mountains specializing in fresh trout restaurants.
Bezirgan. A rural Turkish village steeped in history, with close links to Kalkan.
Elmali. An old Ottoman town steeped in history in the mountains above Kalkan. Pass through Cedar forests and apple orchards to get there.
Kaputas beach. A small beach situated at the mouth of a deep gorge. Only access is by over 100 steps but the reward is crystal turquoise sea and a very pretty beach.
The Lycian way. A well marked footpath with breath taking scenery
Diving. Boats depart from Kalkan and Kas, beginners and experienced divers catered for. Courses available.
Meiz. Visit this very pretty Greek island lying 30 minutes off the coast from Kas.
Information on the local area and tours on offer locally for those guests who do not have their own transport, is provided in each apartment.