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Demre

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Demre

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Lycian rock tombs at ancient city of Myra

Demre (former official name: Kale) is a town in Mediterranean Turkey. This is the town where St Nicholas ("real" Santa Claus) lived. Ancient name of the town is Myra.

Get in[edit]

Demre lies on the highway D400, which connects Fethiye in the west with Antalya in the east along the Lycian coast. Many buses running town to town on this highway connect Demre with Kalkan, Kaş, Finike, and Olympos among others.

Lycian Way, a way-marked hiking trail connecting Fethiye with Antalya, also passes through Myra, just north of Demre.

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A sculpture of St Nicholas near the church
  • St Nicholas Church (Noel Baba Kilisesi). The main attraction of the town is the church of St Nicholas, a native of the town during the days of Myra (late 3rd/early 4th century CE), later on whom the "Santa Claus" is based on as he had a reputation for giving presents secretly. 15 TL.  edit
  • Myra. An ancient Lycian city just outside the modern town. 15 TL  edit

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There is a small restaurant on the road from Demre to Kaş, maybe 10 km after Demre. The owner, Afir has his own house nearby with chickens and dogs. He is looking for a little help to run the restaurant, serve tea and coffee etc. You can stay with your tent or he can arrange rooms, there is a wonderful view on the sea where you can go for swimming in the morning and help at the restaurant for the night he said. He lives alone and is so friendly. Speaks little English, German and Turkish. He is bad with internet so call him at 0090 53813130167. Come/Call from Armelle and Raphael from France.

GPS: 30.257998, 29.964122

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You can stay in Kiyak Hotel Because thay have real hot shower the beds are compfortable and quıet.The ownwer Sait Kiyak can take you from Horbour Andriake he speak good english.Call hem +90 542 411 10 85

Contact[edit]

Town's telephone code is (+90) 242, which it shares with the rest of Antalya Province (i.e., eastern Lycia, and Pamphylia).

Get out[edit]

Routes through Demre
MarmarisKaş  W noframe E  OlymposAntalya


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