Patara beach is the largest in Turkey and the 10th longest in the world, with a length of 18 km and a depth of 300 meters in places.
Patara beach has been filled with sand from the sea for centuries due to strong winds. Patara is one of the few places suitable for surfing in Turkey.
The sand on Patara beach is thought to be the same as the sand in the Maldives. The area called Patara sand dunes is very popular. The dunes area has a desert feel and the sunset is really beautiful.
Patara beach, which consists of fine sand, has also been the spawning area of Caretta caretta turtles for centuries and has been declared a protected area.
In order to protect the Caretta caretta, entrance to the beach is prohibited during spawning periods and the beach is completely closed to people at 8 pm every evening.
Patara beach, like Phaselis beach, takes its name from the Patara ancient city, which was established right behind it. If you are thinking of swimming on Patara beach, we definitely recommend you to visit the ancient city. Before you go to Patara, be sure to check out our Patara Ancient City article.
Table of Contents
- Patara Sand Dunes
- Patara Beach Sunbed and Umbrella Prices
- What to Eat at Patara Beach?
- Patara Beach entrance fees
- Patara Beach Opening Hours
- How to get to Patara Beach?
- Where to stay in Patara?
- Places to Visit Around Patara Beach
- Frequently Asking Questions About Patara Beach
Patara Sand Dunes
The sand dunes in the middle of Patara beach were formed as a result of the sand accumulated in this region with the wind for centuries.
Since it is a desert structure, many people want to take pictures here. It has also been the subject of many old Turkish films.
Watching the sunset on the Patara dunes is a very special experience. After visiting the ancient city of Patara, cooling off in the sea and watching the sunset from the sand dunes is an ideal excursion tour to Patara.
The entrance to the Patara sand dunes area is different from Patara beach and the ancient city of Patara. You can reach Patara sand dunes by following the signs in the village at the entrance of Patara. You can click on its location on the map.
A horse farm in Patara also organizes tours lasting 2.5 hours, during which you can ride around the ancient region, the beach, and the dunes in the morning and evening.
Patara Beach Sunbed and Umbrella Prices
In order to protect Patara, there is a municipality-owned cafe only at the entrance of the beach, and sun loungers and umbrellas are rented only in this area. Use on other sides of the beach is prohibited.
The price of sunbed at Patara beach for 2023 is 50 Turkish Liras, and the price of an umbrella is 50 Turkish Liras, both are 100 Turkish liras in total (5.5 USD or 5.5 Euros).
If you don’t want to rent it, you can bring your own umbrella and use it in this area, or you can sit and relax at the cafe right at the beach entrance after swimming in the sea.
What to Eat at Patara Beach?
You can buy drinks such as beer, water, and fruit juice from the cafe at the entrance of Patara beach. You can also buy snack foods such as french fries, hamburgers, and toast. As an example, if you buy Beer and chips, you will pay around 100 Turkish Lira (5.5 USD or euro).
Patara Beach entrance fees
The entrance to Patara beach is 90 Turkish Liras per person(about $5). If you have a museum card, the ticket is free.
Since Patara is an ancient city and protected area beside the beach, the price may seem a bit high, but Patara beach and Patara ancient city are really worth paying the entrance fee.
If you are interested in ancient cities, you can also take a look at our Museum Pass Turkey article.
Patara Beach Opening Hours
Patara beach and ancient city working hours are between 08:00 and 20:00. Patara beaches have been the spawning place of Caretta Caretta for hundreds of years, and for this reason, everyone is taken out at 20:00 in the evening.
If you go early in the morning, you can visit the ancient city of Patara and enjoy the sea and the sun on the beach.
How to get to Patara Beach?
Patara beach is located in Antalya’s Kaş district. Located on the Kas – Fethiye highway, this city is 43 km from Kas and takes about 51 minutes.
Fethiye – Patara takes 1 hour and 6 minutes by car and is approximately 74 km.
You can reach the ancient city of Patara and the coast of Patara at the end of approximately 6 km by using the bend where the Patara sign is located in both directions.
The most convenient way to get to Patara is by renting a car, but if you don’t have a private car, you can go by bus or private tour.
If you haven’t rented a car in Turkey yet, you can take a look at the affordable prices.
To go to Patara by bus, you need to take the Kaş – Fethiye buses and get off at the Patara junction. Afterward, you can reach the Patara coast by waiting at this intersection and taking the Gelemis village minibus.
Remember that the buses will drop you off at the ancient city entrance. If you are going to Patara just to swim in the sea, you need to walk for about 30 minutes.
There are many tour agencies in Kaş and you can join tours with these agencies, including Patara. Tours are generally available to Patara, Xanthos ancient city, and Saklıkent canyon.
If you want to come to the ancient city of Patara by plane from Istanbul or other cities, the nearest airport is in Dalaman. The distance between Dalaman Airport and Patara Beach is 115 km and takes 1 hour and 47 minutes.
You can take a look at the Dalaman airport and Patara beach road map.
Where to stay in Patara?
There are many places to visit such as the Patara region, the ancient city of Patara, its beach, the ancient city of Xhantos, and the Letoon Sanctuary Place. It is also a very popular destination with its proximity to places such as Kas, Kalkan, and Fethiye. So where to stay in Patara?
Best Hotels in Kalkan
Kalkan, which is very close to Patara, is quite suitable for accommodation. Patara Prince Hotel & Resort Special Class is the most beautiful and most preferred hotel in Kalkan. We highly recommend this hotel where we stay.
Due to the fact that it is very preferred, a suitable day may not be found. You can browse alternative hotels here.
Places to Visit Around Patara Beach
On the way to Patara beach, you already pass through the ancient city of Patara. You should definitely visit the ancient city of Patara just before or after swimming in the sea.
Patara is surrounded by beautiful ancient cities and beautiful beaches.
Frequently Asking Questions About Patara Beach
Where is the Patara Beach in Turkey?
The Patara ancient city is located in Antalya’s Kaş district. Located on the Kas – Fethiye highway, this city is 43 km from Kas and takes about 51 minutes.
Fethiye – Patara takes 1 hour and 6 minutes by car and is approximately 74 km.
How much is the entrance fee to Patara?
Patara’s entrance fee is 90 TL(4.5 Euro or 5 USD). If you have a museum card, it is free for once. This price includes the ancient city of Patara.
What are the opening and closing times of the ancient city of Patara?
The opening time of Patara beach is 08:00 the closing and 20:00 in the evening.
How many km is Patara beach?
Patara coast is 18 km long and its longest width is 300 meters. With these dimensions, the Patara coast is Turkey’s largest and the world’s 11th-largest beach.
Where to eat in Patara?
You can find snacks such as toast and hamburgers at the municipal cafe on the Patara coast. In addition to soft drinks, only alcoholic beer is sold. The cost of one meal for one person is about 100 Turkish Liras.
What to do in Patara?
You can swim at Patara beach. In addition, the ancient city of Patara dates back to ancient times and is a big city. After visiting the ancient city and enjoying the beach during the day, you can watch the sunset on the sand dunes and take beautiful photos.
How is Patara beach?
Patara beach is one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. It is 18 km long and 300 meters wide. The sand of the Patara beach is pearly and has a cottony texture. Just behind Patara beach is the ancient city of Patara.