Old Town of Myra (Myra) The ancient city of Mira, which is located today in the center of the region of Dimra and the surrounding areas, is famous for the Roman rock tombs and the St. Nicholas Church of the Byzantine Period. The Church of Saint Nicholas, the strangest remnant of the old city, and […]
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.
The local cuisine includes fish and other seafood from the Mediterranean.