If you want to mix ruin-rambling with some dedicated sun worship than Patara is an ideal day trip from Göcek, Fethiye, Kaş or Kalkan.
Patara was one of the six principal cities of Lycia and very wealthy. The city was the major naval and trading port, located at the mouth of the Xanthos river, until it silted up and turned into a malaria-plagued marsch.
Once you enter the site you pass the triple-arched triumphal Arch of Modestus and a number of Lycian tombs nearby. Before you arrive at the central sections of the ruins further along the road are the Harbour Baths and the remains of a Byzantine basilica.
It was also the birthplace of St. Nicholas (born circa 260-280 AD), the 4th-century Byzantine bishop of Myra who later passed into legend Santa Claus.
Patara is recognized as a national park, a bio diverse area and well known for its rich birdlife.