Top things to do in Demre

Archaeological Site in Demre


If you only have time to see one striking honeycomb of Lycian rock tombs, choose the memorable ruins of ancient Myra. Located about 2km inland from Demre's main square, they are among the finest in Lycia. There's a …
Church in Demre

Church of St Nicholas

It may not be vast like Aya Sofya, or brilliant with mosaics like İstanbul's Chora Church (Kariye Museum), but Demre's Church of St Nicholas, where the eponymous saint was laid upon his death in AD 343, is nonethele…
Pide in Demre

İpek Restaurant

With jolly green tablecloths covering its tables on pedestrianised Müze Caddesi, 'Silk' Restaurant is great for a quick lunch of pide, lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza), kebap or grill. Find it opposite Türkiye Bankası.
Ruins in Demre


About 5km southwest of Demre's centre is the seafront settlement of Çayağzı, called Andriake by the Romans at a time when it was an important entrepôt for grain on the sea route between the eastern Mediterranean and…
Kebap in Demre

Gaziantep Restaurant

About 100m south of the Church of St Nicholas and its accompanying faux icon shops, this simple but spotless place with outside seating is a local favourite.
Turkish in Demre

Akdeniz Restaurant

This welcoming restaurant on the main square has a large array of tasty pre-cooked dishes, as well as pide and köfte (meatballs).
Cafe in Demre

Sabancı Pastaneleri

This modern cafe next to the otogar is great for breakfast or a snack. It also serves ice cream (₺2 per scoop).