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When travelling from Fethiye to Kas on the south west coast of Turkey west of Antalya, I detoured to the town of Gelemis and stayed there overnight. The main reason to come here is to see the longest sandy beach in Turkey but that was a slight disappointment. Extremely windy with sand stinging my legs, too rough to safely swim, and everything on the beach shut (kiosks, ice-cream shops, cold drinks etc). Plus the last public bus back to Gelemis was at 5 pm. I had to call a taxi. I had already walked about 10 km in the hot summer sun scrambling about the ruins and across the long beach and back, and wasn't looking forward to another 4 km walk.

However, the ancient Lycian city of Patara between Gelemis and the beach was fantastic, with an unexpected wealth of ruins that are poorly advertised in travel brochures. This is the end of the main street which appears to have sunken into the swamp over the centuries. Turkey is earthquake prone. Other parts of the coast have risen above sea level but here it has sunk lower. More info from Wikipedia here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patara,_Lycia

Another view of this street:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patara,_Lycia#/media/File:PataraMainStreet.jpg

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480)
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