Patara Beach

Patara beach is around 20 minutes from Kalkan by car or the Dolmus services (5 or 6 TL each way) that run from Kalkan.

 

Part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta).

Luckily the beach has been declared off-limits for development because of the turtles, they are nearing extinction and protection of their nesting sites on the Turkish coast is very important. The beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs as it is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey.

Parking at the beach is free  and a boardwalk leads from the car park across the sand to the sea. This sandy beach, has many shells at it's shore line and is good for swimming. At 12km long, it is a lovely place to walk, with sand dunes and mountains providing a  very scenic back drop.

Voted as one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online, a visit to Patara beach also enables visitors to look around the major Roman and Lycian historical ruins just 15 minutes walk behind the beach.

Even in the height of summer it is never crowded. The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful. There is a café at the end of the boardwalk that sells snacks and drinks, and hires sunbeds and parasols.

 

If the beach isn’t enough then you can of course visit the Bronzeage Roman ruins and take in a bit of history.