The Turkish city of Demre (former Kale), built on the site where the ancient city of Myra was located, in which St. Nicholas the Wonderworker lived and worked – Bishop of Myra and Great Martyr. The Turkish city of Demre is different from everyone’s favorite resort towns, as it is considered the birthplace of St. Nicholas. The name of the martyr is known to all believers, he is considered the patron of children and the suffering. In some countries, Saint Nicholas is identified with Santa Claus. In addition, Demre is famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Myra.
How to get there
It will not be difficult for a tourist to get to the city, since it is located 150 kilometers from the tourist-filled Antalya. There are several options for transportation to the destination, lovers of exploring the area on their own can rent a car and not be tied to a group. This is the most expensive way. You can get there by shuttle bus. The most economical option is to find an excursion group and hit the road with it. Those wishing to thoroughly study the history of the city can stay at the hotel. Fortunately, there are quite a lot of them here, there are also fashionable ones, and there are also options that are suitable for budget tourists. You can find hotels located on the coast, or search in close proximity to the city center. By the way, if you wish, you can choose hotels with a swimming pool.
Sights of Demre
Tourists who cannot imagine a vacation without a beach should visit Kaigazi, Sulukla and Tasbidi. The first two resorts have sandy beaches, and the last one is pebbly. Naturally, the Church of St. Nicholas is considered one of the most striking and ancient sights. Around the church is a monastery built in the form of a wall. In the temple there is a sarcophagus with the relics of the saint. The church itself suffered a number of attacks, and even an earthquake, was flooded by the river. However, after all the damage, it was restored and is still maintained in a neat condition. If you go beyond the city center inland to the north, then a couple of kilometers you can come across the ruins of Mira. Most of the city is buried underground. The same part, which is located on top, impresses with its fine architecture and intricate buildings. There are an infinite number of people who want to see the ancient ruins, so to enjoy the views, you should come here as early as possible. Mira enchants with tombs located right in the rock. There is also an ancient amphitheater in the immediate vicinity. Previously, all the main performances were held here, the audience was pleased with unforgettable spectacles. The main events also took place in this amphitheater. Another interesting place in Demre is the port of Andriak, almost all the time it was used as a place to store grain. Around the sights you can find spontaneous markets where you can buy souvenirs, local culinary sweets, maps and refreshing drinks.
For a long time, Demre has been one of the favorite places for tourists, thanks to the combination of different eras in architectural structures. Even the most sophisticated traveler can find an attraction here that will forever be remembered and made to return. The route Antalya – Demre – Mira – Kekova is considered very popular. The city of Kekova is considered sunken.