Demre is home to perhaps the most famous pristine rock tombs on the coast: ancient Myra.
From ancient Lycia to the Roman Empire, the footprints of Anatolia’s most memorable civilizations pepper the land of Demre. One with nature and a must-see stop in any Mediterranean trip, Demre is as cordial as it can get. It is right at the archeological wonderland of Antalya on the banks of the Demre River. A humble coastal town at first glance, Demre exceeds expectations with its highlight attractions. Pick one from its stream of historical happenings, and explore it accompanied by the sweet sea breeze of the Turquoise Coast of Turkey.
Just a 20-minute walk away, the ancient city Myra is a stretch of the old world that will take your breath away instantly. The river and ocean necropolises of Myra brim with Lycian inscriptions, cavernous passageways, and log cabin features. It is the most photogenic part of a much larger complex which includes a Greco-Roman amphitheater. Another highlight of Demre is the Church of St. Nicholas, dedicated to the saint that inspired the legend of Santa Claus. It features a handful of vivid frescoes still intact and offers another quaint sight along the coast. To top off the Lycian tour, head to the ancient ruins of Andriake and Simena. Now opening their doors as elaborate open-air museums, the sites boast intriguing inscriptions and artifacts testifying to the Ancient Period of Lycia.
Once you satisfy your cultural taste buds, head to the beach to savor some golden hours of swimming. If you are lucky, you can even spot Caretta Carettas while snorkeling. It may not be the equivalent of coastal hotspots like Fethiye. But, Demre delivers its Mediterranean offerings in smaller yet equally appealing sizes.
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