PATARA - XANTHOS ANTIQUE CITY , TURKEY :
At about 10 kilometers (6 miles) beyond Kalkan on the road to
Fethiye you turn south and continue another 10 km along the road
to Patara located by the Mediterranean sea.
The painted ceramics found in the acropolis prove that the city
existed in the 5th century BC. Patara opened its doors to
Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, thereby earning the
status of an important harbor city and naval base of Lycia in
Anatolia until it was silted up. The city flourished during the
Roman period as well, and had a huge population. Being an
important city, several Roman emperors visited the city, such as
Vespasian and Hadrian together with his wife Sabina.
Patara is also the birthplace of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra,
but many people know him as Santa Claus. And St. Paul stoppoed
here during his third missionary journey. Therefore Patara
became an important Christian center and a Titular see during
the Byzantine period. The city lost its importance after 7th
century AD with the continuous pirate attacks, the silting up of
its harbor with sand, and diseasies.
When you arrive to the site, the triple gateway through which
one enters Patara is thought to have been built in 100 AD. One
of its most important buildings is the theater which was half
buried in the sand before the rescue work done recently. The
lighthouse is unearthed lately by Turkish archaeologists and is
considered to be one of the world's oldest that have been
discovered so far and that remained intact. The 12 meter (39
feet) high lighthouse was built in the 1st century AD under the
reign of Roman emperor Nero.
There is also an interesting half-circle bouleterion (parliament)
that is excavated in the past years. Some other remains include
the baths, necropolis, road sign, main avenue, temple, church
and basilica. Many other buildings of the ancient city,
including the temple of Apollo, are buried under the sand dunes
and waiting to be discovered in future excavations.
Today, there is the longest sandy beach of Turkey in Patara,
which is 12 km-long (7,5 miles).
Patara is the activity center of Kas and Kalkan. Visitors come
here to enjoy water sports, canoe trips, hikes in the nature,
and horseback and motor safari tours in the sand dunes. We
participated first in a horseback safari and then a canoe trip.
We are doing canoeing adventure 6 days a week on
Esen Creek in Turkey . No canoeing
experience required to enjoy an
exhilarating day in Patara National Park. You will have fun, sun
and natureat the same time. excursion begins in Patara at
10:00am and the journey to Xanthos river takes
about 15 minutes. Firstly, our experienced guides gives a
briefing about canoeing. Then, everybodygets ready for canoeing
by putting on suncream and giving important items to ourguides
for safety. Adventure starts at about 10:30
am. Whole journey along the river is 15km.
Once we have given youabout using the canoes we put them
in the water.If the current is not too strong we canoe down
river for half an hour then we have abreak for swimming and
having some fresh fruits. Then the
adventure goes on for another half an hour. Then people rest for
a while and enjoy a mud bath. At about 1:30pm the group reaches
the barbecue area.We serve lunch. After a little rest the group
continues canoeing at 3:30 pm. The
tripends on the beach at Patara where the river meets the sea,
We have 1 hour forswimming. We return you to your hotel.
Welcome to a wonderful day canoeing in
Patara National Park.We
have prepared this leaflet to give you some valuable information
to make your day as enjoyable as possible.
You will be canoeing along the Esen (
Xanthos ) River to Patara beach.Distance
from start point till finish point is 15 KM.There are 4
stops along the way.
1.Rest and review paddling performance.Assistance will be given
2.Rest and enjoy fresh fruit.
3.Have fun and recuperate with a cooling mud bath.
4.Time to have lunch and relax before canoeing on to Patara
WHAT TO SEE :
Patara beach, xanthos, letoon, pinara , saklikent
gorge, esen canyon is remerkable places to visit.
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