Demre 142 km (88 mile) away from Antalya center. Demre is an ancient town in Lycia in the area now known as Myra. It is situated today in the Antalya province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros in the fertile plain between the Massikytos mountain range and the Aegean Sea.

Demre is on the coast of the Teke peninsula, west of the bay of Antalya, with the Taurus Mountains behind. The mountains are forested and the coastal strip is made of good soil brought down by the mountain rivers. The climate is the typical Mediterranean pattern of hot dry summers and warm wet winters.

Before the tourism boom began in the 1980s the local economy depended on agriculture, which is still important today. The villages of Demre grow pomegranates and citrus fruits and now a large quantity of fruits and vegetables all year round in greenhouses. Also with its rich history, attractions like the island of Kekova, the sea and warm weather this coast is very popular with holidaymakers from Turkey and all over Europe, although Demre still does not have the high volume of tourists enjoyed by districts nearer Antalya airport. Some local handicrafts like rug making, and events such as the annual camel-wrestling festival bring in extra income.

Myra is very well-known by the Christian world through Christmas Day Saint, St Nicholas. His names varies like Santa Nicola, Saint Nicholaus, St Nicole, etc in different languages.

The ruins of the Roman and Lycian town are now mostly covered by alluvial silts. The acropolis, the Roman theater and Roman baths have been excavated. The semi-circular theater had been destroyed by earthquake in 141, but was rebuilt afterwards.

There are two necropoli, both Lycian rock tombs, with temple faces carved into the vertical cliffs at Myra. One is the river necropolis and the other, the sea necropolis. The sea necropolis is northwest of the theater. The most famous tomb in the river necropolis is the “Lion’s tomb”. When Charles Fellows saw the tombs in 1840 he described them as colorfully painted red, yellow and blue.

The main structure surviving from the Andriake harbor of ancient Myra is a granary built during the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE). Beside this granary is a depository of shells of Murex, indicating that Andriake was active in the production of purple dye.

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