Demre - Myra - Kekova

Duration 10 hour(s)

Demre - Myra - Kekova

Myra: On the north of the church of Saint Nicholas, the ruins of Myra city and rock tombs can be found on the slope of a mountain. It is understood from the ancient city walls that this ancient city which is right next to the theater, was built on a steep hill. As a member of the Lycian League, Myra played an important role in coin minting. The oldest coins of Myra date to 3rd century BC. On these coins, images of Artemis and local goddesses are visible.

Kekova (Sunken City): Kekova has a surface area of 5,7sq km. On the north shore of Kekova, the ruins of a city, whose large part has sunk under sea, can be viewed. That is why the island is very important in terms of underwater archeology. The island of Kekova is the main stop for yacht tours also.

St. Nicolaus: According to ancient sources, St. Nicolaus was born towards the end of the the 3rd century in Patara, 60 km west of Demre in a wealthy family. He had a good education and devoted himself to mankind. Due to his assistance to those around him, he was loved very much. Every year in Demre on the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birthday, the poor people found golden apples, toys and snacks on their door steps.