Patara Beach and Ancient Ruins
The Patara Beach which is situated 75 km south of Fethiye, is for sure the best of the Turkish beaches. It is a secluded beach, ideal for the solitude seekers and those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life. The beach will remain this way for the proximity of the Patara archaeological ruin places restrictions on the construction of edifices, which in turn would keep encroachments of urban civilization at bay. Patara is 14.2 kms long of child-friendly beach backed only by ancient ruins and swooping dunes - with no buildings visible save a small cafe at one end. Loungers and umbrellas available for rent. No watersports or camping. The area is inexpensive and there's a selection of low-key accommodation in nearby Patara town, with beach commuter transport or a longish walk. This sandy strip, has another claim to fame as the birthplace of Santa Claus, Myra.
You can stay in the low-end hotels and inns in the Patara village, lying 3.5 km south of the coastal highway. These hotels charge as low as US$25 or sometimes even less for a double-bedded room. However, accommodation is not plentiful and you should make enquiries before landing here. The beach is quite barren when it comes to greenery or shrubbery and you should come prepared to get tanned on a day out in the Patara Beach.
So, if you desire to engage in little bit of soul-searching while lounging on the soft sands, with the sound of the waves lapping on the shore and not a soul in sight, then Patara Beach is the place to head.