On the western coast of Lycia, near what is now the town of Kalkan in Antalya, was an ancient city called Patara. Along with Xanthos and Letoon, it was once a major city in the Lycian League. You can learn everything you need to know about visiting Patara in this page, including directions, things to do, how to travel around the city, and excursions that are offered there.
Patara was a prehistoric settlement that once stood on the western coast of Lycia, close to what is now Kalkan in Antalya. It was originally a significant city in the Lycian League, along with Xanthos and Letoon. Everything you need to know about visiting Patara, such as how to get there, what to do, how to get around the city, and the excursions that are available, can be found on this website.
With 418 thousand 166 persons visiting the ancient city of Patara, the seat of the Lycian Union, last year, the Kas area of Antalya set a new record for tourists. 781 thousand 590 tourists came to the old city of Patara last year, bringing in 418 million 166 thousand 15 liras.
A record was broken last year in the ancient city, when there were 2021 thousand 399 tourists in 624. Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the president of Turkey, designated Patara, an ancient city that served as the Lycian Union’s capital for a number of years, as the country’s “theme of the year in tourism” for 2020.
The ancient city of Patara maintained its status as the “theme of the year in tourism” in 2021 as a result of the epidemic. After the Turkish Grand National Assembly renovated the Lycian Union Assembly Building, more people visited the old city as a result of the reconstruction of the Patara Ancient Theater. The Patara Neron Lighthouse and the first wireless telegraph station of the Ottoman Empire are still being restored in the historic city.
On the other side, the ancient city of Xanthos, one of the 492 historical sites in the region that Turkey has added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List, saw 19 000 60 tourists last year, bringing in 680 000 800 liras.