General Information


PATARA TURKEY

Patara is located in the Gelemis village of the Kaş province in Antalya, at the east of the Esen River bordering Antalya and Muğla.

The city, with its sheltered harbour, was the Main Harbour of not only the Xanthos / Eşen valley in which the city is located, but also the whole of  Lycia. Stone axes and ceramic findings from Tepecik Acropolis give us the clue that the city dates back to the Early Bronze Age in 3000 B.C A Yalburt inscription telling of Tuthalia IV's campaigne to Lucca in 13th century B.C is the proof of the settlement in the late Bronze Age. On the inscription it is called sacred Mount Patar in front of which the Hittite king offered sacrifices to gods after his victorious military expenditions. The city was called Pttara in the Lycian language, relative with its Hittite version. The period between 1200- 700 B.C is being broght to light with earthenware pieces and terracotta figurines found at excavations at Tepecik. Lycia came under the control of Persia in around 540 B.C Vekhssere I and II were the local rulers in the second half of the 5th century B.C After Alexander, who came to Lycia in 334/333 B.C, it was ruled by the Ptolemaios during 3rd century B.C, and at that time its name was changed as Arsinoe.

As the word Livius means Head of Lycian, Patara became the capital city of both the Lycian League which was founded in 168/167 B.C and Roman's Lycia State in 43 A.D The Lycian League continued its existence even during the Roman age. The Pax Romana must have brought peace to Patara as well; the city sparkled with its monuments.
It is understood that the city became a very important episcopacy of Christianity during the Eastern Roman Emprire starting in the 4th century A.D as Methodius was beheaded in Patara had authority to sign on behalf of Lycia at the lznik Council in 381. It is also the city in which St Nicholas, who is also known as Santa Claus, was born and grew up.
Patara has a special place in religious history with its famous oracle dedicated to Apollo, who was thought to be of Lycian origin by Homeros. The evidence of Turks in the city, which turned into a Middle Age harbour city in 12 A.D is a bath complex. The name of the city was last declared in written sources on the meeting of Sultan Cem in Patara with a Rhodian committee in 1478 A.D

Patara is also the longest and the widest beach in Turkey, being 18 km long and in some parts 800 m width.  Patara Beach is also protected by the Ministry of  Culture & Tourism because Caretta & Caretta (Logger Head) turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs during the summer season.

There are  lots of activities can be donne on and around Patara Beach.

  • You can spend almost all day around the ancient site where you can see all Lycian, Roman, Byzantine ruins. more information !!!
  • Patara Beach Club; guests can spend almost all day on the beach and has a restaurant where you can have good food and drinks.
  • Quad Bike Adventure on Patara Beach. more information !!!
  • Canoe Adventure on National Park of Patara. more information !!!
  • Trekking from Kalkan to Patara via Delikkemer. 

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