» relaxing surroundings
In Patara (also known as Gelemis) life slows to a different pace – where time can be forgotten and where visitors can relax and quickly feel at home.
» the locality
This small, rural village, steeped in traditional culture and untouched by mass tourism is set in the foothills of the mountains, next to a wonderful 18km sandy beach, regularly featured as one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful and unspoilt beaches.
Much of village life here is geared around agriculture. Greenhouses filled with tomatoes, cucumbers and aubergines stand next to olive and citrus groves. Trees laden with pomegranate and figs, grapevines, and tangles of beans , chilli peppers and sesame drying on roofs…A short walk into the woods around the village and you will also discover little clusters of traditional beehives for the production of delicious local honey.
Set in peaceful countryside, the area around Patara is a National Park – a perfect place to release the stresses of modern day life in an instant. Go for a wander along one of the tracks in the hills and soak in the beautiful scenery, trek part of the Lycian way, go horse riding through the forests and over the sand dunes, relax with a picnic, spend a few hours exploring the fascinating archaeological site, take a canoe trip along the river or simply pass the day relaxing on the beautiful beach.
The locals are warm and hospitable and as many of our returning guests will tell you ‘you arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend’. A stay here will enable you to learn a little of the local way of life as it has been in rural Turkey for many years.
In the centre of the village is the ‘cay’ (tea) garden where the locals meet in the evenings and put the world to rights. There is the mosque from which the evocative sound of the call to prayer can be heard several times a day and there are a handful of restaurants and lokantas in which to enjoy simple, but delicious, locally grown organic food. Freshly barbecued meats and fish are available in addition to an amazing selection of vegetables and vegetarian fare.
When a little more sophistication is required, Kalkan is only a short bus ride away. This old greek harbour village has now developed into an attractive, sophisticated harbour town and offers a fantastic array of rooftop and harbourside restaurants. It is also worth visiting Islamalar, located in the hills above Kalkan , famed for its fresh water trout restaurants where you can eat in a simple restaurant with the most amazing views.
Taxis and dolmuses (small mini buses) regularly run to neighbouring villages and towns.
A holiday in Patara suits those in search of a relaxing holiday away from the crowds. A walkers haven, a beach lovers paradise and an archaeological treasure!
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