Where to stay
● The simple but spotless rooms are great, but the real draw is the superb home cooking; this is traditional Turkish food at its freshest and best (0090 242 843 5055; pataraakaypension. com; doubles from £26). ● Located well away from the village, just 10 minutes’ walk from a small beach. A familyrun place, it has its own pool and offers Turkish cooking lessons. Great sea and sunset views (90 536 643 9199; bbcamelion-com.webnode.nl; doubles from £44). ● This charming hotel has a hillside setting with fine views over the village and sea, its own pool, fruit tree-filled garden, Ottoman terrace and cedar-burning wood stove. En-suite rooms are compact but stylish and comfortable; hosts Muzaffer and Anne-Louise are friendly and helpful. They also have four self-catering apartments
● A good bet for traditional staples including stews, grilled fish and salad, or pide (Turkish pizza). Right in the centre of Gelemis village. ● The Lycian Way, a superb 300-mile-long marked walking trail, passes right by Patara. Take binoculars to enjoy the bird life, from bitterns to marsh harriers, Syrian woodpeckers to glossy ibis. See cultureroutesinturkey.com.