Demre & Myra & Kekova
Situated in Demre town, Myra used to be a one of the most important of six Lycian cities. Originally a coastal city the gradual built up of silt from the Demre stream has left it stranded several miles away from the sea. Myra was abandoned after the Arab invasions in the 9th century A.D. The rock tombs and amphitheater are worth a visit Simena (Kekova) is one of the most beautiful places of the region, one that can be reached by boat. When you approach the region by boat or view the areas from the top one of the things that catches your eye the most is the Lycian type sarcophagi in the sea. Demre (St Nicholas Church) is the town where Santa Claus first brought joy. Actually, it was St Nicholas who lived and worked in Demre, and who was later transmuted into the jolly Christmas elf. An 11th century church in Demre once held his earthly remains. Today the Church of St Nicholas is Demre's most visited site.