A beach that offers 11 miles of sand, an ancient Lycian city nearby and the promise of nesting sea turtles, makes Patara in Turkey an amazing one to visit in 2013.
Head along the miles and miles of golden sand to find your own secluded little slice of paradise. The beach regularly features in those ‘best beaches in the world’ lists and offers and excellent chance to get away from it all. It backs onto endless dunes with the impressive Taurus Mountains in the distance, and actually, the area is packed with stunning natural beauty.
The most amazing part of a visit to this beach though has to be its pristine condition. There are strict conservation laws in place to protect the loggerhead turtles (carerra-caretta) that come to nest and lay their eggs there.
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