Town located between Kapaklı and Finike, also known as Kale.


The town has a long history. It was a key city (as Myra) of the Lycians, with coins dating back to 300BC and was important through Roman times as well. It was also the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra aka Santa Claus – bet you didn’t know that… 🙂



Dolmuş service is available from here to points all along the coast – the bus station (“otogar”) is located on Kolcalar Sokak, which is on your right, a couple of blocks before the church of Saint Nicholas, as you go north through Demre on your way to Myra.


Demre’s two main attractions (some not-so-kindly suggest it is its only two attractions…) are the Church of Saint Nicholas and the very impressive ruins of Myra.


Saint Nicholas’ church (a popular site for Russian tourists, due to Saint Nicholas being the patron saint of Russia) is located near the main square. The route through Demre passes right by it. The ruins of Myra are about two km further to the north.


For a town of its size, Demre doesn’t have a particularly huge amount of accommodation options though you generally shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a place to stay.


All the major amenities are available here, including restaurants, markets, banks, and fresh water.


Here’s what we’re currently tracking for this community:
  • Dufa Bungalow in Demre
    Dufa Bungalow
  • Annotated map of Mina Suit Apart in Demre
    Mina Suit Apart
  • Şahin Paradise Hotel in Demre
    Şahin Paradise Hotel

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  • Cliffside tombs at Myra
    Cliffside tombs at Myra
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    Fall 2022
  • At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre.
    At Church of St. Nicholas in Demre
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    Fall 2022
  • At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
    At the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
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    Fall 2022
  • Interior of the Church of St Nicholas in Demre
    Interior of the Church of St Nicholas
    Photo by 
    Rebecca Scheer
    Fall 2022

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