WHEN I heard I would be visiting Santa Claus’s home town, I excitedly packed my woolly hat and mittens, ready to experience a winter wonderland.Except it turns out Father Christmas was born in the Roman city of Patara on the sunny Mediterranean coast . . . of Turkey!There is little left of the thriving port near the small modern town of Gelemis, in Antalya Province, where every child’s favourite fat man lived around 280AD.There are no elves in sight, not so much as a whiff of reindeer and certainly no jolly old fat bloke dishing out presents.A few crumbling columns and a small amphitheatre are all that remain of Patara, where the historical Saint Nicholas lived.Bring your kids here and they will be very confused.The real Saint Nicholas was a Bishop in early Christianity, who later became associated with gift-giving to children and was eventually popularised in America as Santa Claus.Saint Nick lived in an area of south west Turkey now nicknamed the Turkish Riviera.It’s a jagged coastline of secluded bays and pine forests lapped by warm, turquoise sea.I was staying an hour up the coast at Sensatori Fethiye, a 5star all-inclusive resort with a private beach, five pools and… Read full this story
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