This small rural village is untouched by mass tourism, set in the foothills of the mountains and close to the wonderful 18km sandy beach, regularly featured as one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the Mediterranean.
Much of village life is geared around agriculture. In winter, greenhouses producing tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers stand between olive and citrus groves. In summer and Autumn, trees laden with pomegranate, figs and mulberry , vines heavy with grapes and plants producing prickly pears can be found in the gardens and lanes around the village. A short walk into the woods and you will discover little clusters of traditional beehives for the production of delicious local honey.
In summer months Patara welcomes guests from all over the world. It is laid back and easy going with a selection of hotels and pensions geared towards the independent traveler. There is a smattering of low key restaurants, bars and a few small shops A perfect place to relax and release yourself from the stresses of everyday life.
Car hire is not essential for a stay at the Bademli apartments, as the apartments are only a 5 minute walk from the village centre. But families with young children or guests who find walking difficult, may feel life is easier for shopping, getting to and from the beach and generally having the freedom and flexibility to go off exploring, that car hire is an advantage.
The village has several informal locantas and cafes, 2 small general stores which stock a limited range of everyday necessities, a greengrocer (open summer months only), a couple of bars, 2 barbers, a post office and a few small shops and kiosks selling gifts and postcards. There is also an atm machine. For a little more sophistication and a greater selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and banks kalkan is a 15 minute drive away.
From the village square it is possible to take a dolmus (mini bus) to Kalkan and Kas or for those who want to go further afield, the bus will deposit you at the main D400 from where you can pick up coaches travelling to many other towns and villages. There is an excellent public transport system in Turkey.