In Patara (also known as Gelemis), life slows to a different pace- where time can be forgotten and where visitors can quicky feel at home. It is an informal place, where friendships between the locals and visitors are easily formed resulting in visitors returning year after year to see old friends. This small village, untouched by mass tourism is set in the foothills of the mountains,next to a wonderful 18km sandy beach.
Much of life here is geared around agriculture. Most of the locals have olive groves and fruit orchards, green houses filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and peppers and small plots of land on which they grow seasonal vegetables including beans, chillis, sweetcorn, and sesame.Clusters of traditional beehives can be found in the hills around the village, used for the production of delicious local honey.
The village is situated in Patara National Park, therefore building is severely restricted.
There is the mosque, from which the evocative sound of the call to prayer can be heard several times a day. There are a few small shops, a post office, a couple of barbers and a handful of restaurants and pancake houses in which to enjoy simple, but delicious meals. Visitors will delight in the variety of fresh local produce. Fresh herbs, such as wild thyme, oregano, fennel and sage, flourish in the mountains. The traditional local cuisine makes full use of the abundant fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs grown locally.