It was my first trip to Patara for the intention of flying there. Patara Beach is 18 kilometres long, the longest in its region. The beach is near the ancient Lycian city of Patara which is the birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus). I was not allowed to take off from the part of the beach open to visitors because it is a nesting place of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), an endangered species that has existed for about 45 million years. The next day I found an empty wheat field behind the sand dunes and took off. The lonely beachgoer couple gives an idea about the vastness of the beach.
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