Demre

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Parking area: Yes

Entrance fee: No

Closed Day: No

Distance from Antalya Republic Square (City Center):  141 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya international airport: 156 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya bus station: 142 km ( D400)

Importance and general aspects:

Demre, formerly Myra, had a great reputation as a port and cult center at the crossroads of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. The district, where large and small rivers descending from the mountains in the north unite in Demre Stream and reach the sea, is an important cross center for Christians today44. Located in the foothills of the rugged mountains in Demre, Turkey is the center of the greenhouse vegetable products. It is possible to produce several products per year in these fertile soils. Also, most of the winter vegetable products consumed throughout the country come from here45.

How to get there

There are 2 faster options in order to reach Demre; by car or by bus from the Antalya Bus Station.

What to do?

Demre, natural beauty, crystal clear water, deserted bays and one of Turkey’s most exclusive areas of ancient tissue. You can make a cultural tour by visiting the ancient cities in Demre. Firstly, The Santa Claus Church, one of the most important structures of Demre dating back to the 3rd century BC, hosts the Santa Claus Festival every year on December 6. You can participate in this festival. You can visit the Santa Claus Museum. In addition, Myra Theater, Andreake Ancient City, Rock Tombs and Simena Ancient City, located in Demre, which is the land of ancient cities, are the most important historical buildings of Demre. Demre is a real hidden paradise with its beautiful virgin bays.It has beautiful beaches where you can immerse yourself in the waters of the Mediterranean. Çayağzı Beach, completely covered with fine sand, 1 km long, is located 2 km from Demre district center. The breeding ground of Caretta Caretta turtles is Sülüklü Beach, again, 1.5 km from the center, it is a completely sand beach. It is possible to take a rest, swim, dive in crystal clear waters and observe Caretta Caretta in here. One of the most interesting stops on the list of places to visit in Demre is the Bird Sanctuary, which hosts 149 different kinds of birds. Here you can observe the birds.

What to eat?

Mediterranean Cuisine has priority in Demre. Besides seafood such as blue crab and lobster for cooking, there are also various fish types. Generally, there are restaurants, cafes, bars, taverns and fish restaurants here. In addition, important tastes from Turkish cuisine, Greek cuisine and international cuisine are also offered.

What to buy?

As the memory of Demre, symbolic gifts and ornaments, as well as local clothing can be bought.

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