Welcome to Demre


Once situated on the sea, Demre moved inland as precious alluvium – deposits of clay, silt, sand and gravel – flowed from the Demre stream. The resultant fertile soil is the foundation of the town's wealth, and it remains a major centre for the growing and distribution of fruit and vegetables.


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$70.68 Day Trips & Excursions

Sunken City Kekova, Demre, and Myra Day Tour from Antalya

Your tour sets out in the early morning with hotel pick-up. Your first stop will be for breakfast at a restaurant with a panoramic view of Kumluca. From here the road to Kekova Harbor — coined the Turquoise Coast — is picturesque, as it is bordered on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other side by small towns set against the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey. On arrival in Kekova, embark on a 1-hour boat trip to discover the ruins of the sunken city. The glass-bottom boat sails slowly so you can clearly see the remains of many buildings under the sea, some with stairs descending under the water. Your guide will explain the history of this ancient Lycian city so that you can imagine how it once looked. On Kekova Island search for remaining walls and doors of the monumental foundations, one of them considered to be a Byzantine church. Plenty of Lycian sarcophagi can be seen either on the island or in the sea. Don't miss the opportunity to swim in the clear waters during a break. After the cruise, you're driven to the ancient city of Myra, famous for its rock-cut tombs and large amphitheater. You will have enough time to discover many aspects with your guide, including the Lycian necropolis. Your final visit is to the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre. Each year thousands of people from all around the world come here to see, touch, and pray at the marble sarcophagus considered to be the original tomb of St. Nicholas. The church was restored some years ago and now serves as a museum. Admire its interior covered by relatively well-preserved frescos. Near the church stands a local restaurant where you're served an included buffet lunch before the drive back to Antalya for hotel drop-off.

$64.79 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunken City Kekova Demre and Myra Day Tour from Side

The tour starts very early, around 5:30am. Pick up time depends on the location of your hotel and will be confirmed after the tour reservation. Around 7 am you will stop in Antalya and have 10-15 minutes for rest. Then you will drive through the famous resort Kemer and stop for breakfast at a restaurant with an amazing panoramic view of Kumluca town. The road to Kekova harbor is very picturesque. On the left side you will see clean turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea and on the right side you will pass small nice towns and the beautiful Taurus mountains. In Kekova you will join one hour boat trip to discover the ruins of the sunken city. The glass bottom boat sails slowly so you can clearly see the remainings of many buildings under the sea, the stairs going under the water, etc. The guide will explain you the history of this ancient Lycian city that you can imagine how it was looking before. On the mainland of Kekova island you will see the remaining walls and doors of the monumental foundations, one of them considered to be a Byzantine church. Lots of Lycian sarcophagus can be seen either on the mainland and in the sea. Don't lose the possibility to swim in the clear turquoise waters during a swimming break. After exciting cruise you will drive to the ancient city of Myra. It is very famous for the Lycian rock-cut tombs and its big amphitheater. You will have enough time to discover the every part of this ancient city and incredible Lycian necropolis. The last attractions to visit is the church of Saint Nicholas in Demre. Every year thousands of people from all around the world come here to see, touch and pray at the marble sarcophagus considered to be the original tomb of St. Nicholas. The church was restored some years ago and now serves as a museum. You will definitely enjoy its interior covered by relatively well preserved frescos. Just near by the church there is a local restaurant where you will have an open buffet lunch. And then you will drive back to Alanya as the tour is finished. Everybody will be dropped off back at the hotel. The bus arrives to Side city center around 6 pm.

$41.23 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunken City Kekova Demre and Myra Day Tour from Kemer

Begin this full-day tour by getting picked up at your hotel in Kemer. During the drive, enjoy the scenic views of the sea and the many resorts along the coastline. Pass through some rustic villages and through the gorgeous Taurus Mountains. After reaching Kekova Harbor, with its clean turquoise waters, hop on a glass-bottomed boat and push off to have a memorable experience on the water. Listen to the guide regale the group with historical tales and anecdotes of the ancient Lycian city that has sunk under the sea. Get a glimpse of the ruins through the glass bottom of the boat and marvel at the remains of old houses, monuments, and even a Byzantine church. Later on, take a break to jump in the clean, fresh water for a quick swim. Once the boat docks, hop in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for the drive to the ancient city of Myra. Gawk at the gorgeous rock-cut tombs and the massive centuries-old amphitheater. After lingering for a bit in Myra, taking in all the ambience of this ancient necropolis, move on to Demre and its main attraction: the Church of St. Nicholas where you can stand in front of the tomb of St. Nicholas, a 4th-century saint who had a reputation for giving gifts. 'St. Nick' eventually became the model for who many people know as Santa Claus. After, head to a nearby local restaurant for a delicious buffet lunch. When lunch is complete, get back on the automobile to complete the tour as you arrive back in Kemer in the early evening.

$88.35 Day Trips & Excursions

Sunken City Kekova, Demre, and Myra Day Tour from Belek

Your tour sets out in the early morning from Belek, starting with a drive through the Kemer resort hotel and a breakfast stop (own expense) at a restaurant with a panoramic view of Kumluca. From here the road to Kekova Harbor — coined the Turquoise Coast — is picturesque, as it is bordered on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other side by small towns set against the Taurus Mountains of southern Turkey.On arrival in Kekova, embark on a 1-hour boat trip to discover the ruins of the sunken city. The glass-bottom boat sails slowly so you can clearly see the remains of many buildings under the sea, some with stairs descending under the water. Your guide will explain the history of this ancient Lycian city so that you can imagine how it once looked. On Kekova Island search for remaining walls and doors of the monumental foundations, one of them considered to be a Byzantine church. Plenty of Lycian sarcophagi can be seen either on the island or in the sea. Don't miss the opportunity to swim in the clear waters during a break.After the cruise, you're driven to the ancient city of Myra, famous for its rock-cut tombs and large amphitheater. You will have enough time to discover many aspects with your guide, including the Lycian necropolis.Your final visit is to the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre. Each year thousands of people from all around the world come here to see, touch, and pray at the marble sarcophagus considered to be the original tomb of St. Nicholas. The church was restored some years ago and now serves as a museum. Admire its interior covered by relatively well-preserved frescos.Near the church stands a local restaurant where you're served an included buffet lunch before the drive back to Belek for hotel drop-off.

$54.98 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

St Nicholas Treasures and Cruise to Sunken Kekova Island From Side

You will start the journey along the Mediterranean Sea shores. You will stop for a short break in the mountains, where you will be able to admire the panorama of Kumluca city that is famous for its tomato productions. While passing by the Kumluca, you will see a giant structure of the Tomato. Then there is a Finike – famous ancient sea port. After arriving at Myra you will see great remains of the ancient world of the Lycian. You will be surprised by the size and beauty of the necropolis – a group of tombs sculpted in the stones. Nearby the necropolis there is a beautiful ancient theatre. The bishop of Myra in IV century was St. Nicholas, that was fighting with heathendom and was introducing Christianity in Turkey. You will visit his church in Demre full of colorful frescos, where the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas is located, and on the territory surround the church there are 3 different monuments of the saint. After a lunch in a local restaurant, we will ride (about 30 min) to the Ucagiz port, from which we will head for a one hours cruise to the sunken Kekova island. The island as a result of an earthquake was divided into few smaller islands. We will go down the smaller and larger islands on which you will see ruins of the ancient building, fortress, theater and even sarcophaguses on water. The coat will have a glass window in the bottom through which you will be able to see the outline of the port and numerous or strewn around amphora.  If the weather will be willing you will be able to even swim in the sea in the beautiful gulf. After arriving back to the port you will head to the hotel with ground transportation.

$75.39 Tours & Sightseeing

Cable Car Ride to the Top of Tahtali Mountain

After picking you up from the hotel you will head to the city of Kemer and National Park of Tahtali Mountain. It is 7759 feet above sea level (2365m) and only during summer time it is not covered in snow. It is clearly available to see from the distance, because it monumentally goes above all other shorter mountain tops.After arriving at the 297 feet (700m) height you will get to the base of the cable car. The cable car goes up and down every 15-20 minutes and in its wagon, it may fit even up to 80 people. After entering the gondola you will go for a 15 minutes ride to the top the Tahtali mountain. In ancient times this mountain was called Olympus and it was believed that gods are living here.After stepping out of the gondola you are able to go the observation decks with a breath-taking view. Mountains, gorges, Mediterranean Sea, Kemer, Antalya up to the Demre city. On the mountain top in station building, you are able to buy souvenirs, have a hot and cold drinks from café (at your own expense) or even tan on beach chairs. After that you will once again go down the mountain with gondola and go back to the hotel with a bus.

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