Day 9: Patara (Rest Day)

Beaufort is a smarter dog than we give him credit for. As we were preparing to go down for breakfast we saw him happily wagging his tail and following 2 hikers back the way we came the day before. Maybe he’s an official Lycian Way tour dog?

After breakfast we walked to the ruins of Patara, about 30 minutes’ walk from the pansiyon. The admission is 10 lira, and if you plan to stay in Patara longer to enjoy the beach you can buy a weekly pass so you don’t have to keep stopping at the ticket gate.

Standing on ruins of Patara

The ruins are impressive, and you can easily see where the harbor used to be before it silted up over time. One building, the government house, has been reconstructed and is beautiful. We could just imagine the Lycians making laws and discussing strategies in the chamber underneath the blue skies. Besides this, there are baths, the main shopping road, an amphitheater, and even a lighthouse, which was only recently discovered.

Betsy settles in to her seat at the tableAncient theater at Petara

After touring the site we went back to town for lunch and then dunked Betsy’s air mattress in the pool to discover the leak and patch it. Turns out it was not a leak but a small defect at the nozzle. With enough glue and a bit of support tape we were able to fix it, and this should keep us from having to blow it up in the middle of the night again.

We stocked up for tomorrow’s walk to Kalkan, which is basically within shouting distance of Akbel.

Hiker at Patara

Daily Stats

Where We Stayed

Mehmet Pansiyon

Hours Walked

0 (though we spent a couple of hours at the ruins of Patara)

Perks

The ruins of Patara, of course! Beaufort found a new set of walkers. And also finally fixing the leak on Betsy’s air mattress and getting back clean laundry for the next leg of the journey.

Problems

Slight stomach bug for Betsy. Not sure if it is food-related or not, but she seems to be on the mend. Happy if this had to happen it did on a day off.