It is on Fethiye-Kaş Highway, 41 km away from Kaş. It always protects its importance as the most important port city in Lycia region. Roman Emperor Hadrianus stayed here for a while with his wife. It is the birthplace of St. Nicholas also known as Santa Claus. Patara which protected the identity of the port city in the Byzantine period, lost its importance for its port being filled and turned into a swamp.