Myra Antik Kenti
Myra Antik Kenti
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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Türkiye919 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
MYRA ÖRENYERİ is signposted from the main coast road (D400) in Demre. It is easy to find and has free parking for cars and coaches. There is no reason to park in “free car parks” associated with nearby cafes.

There are souvenir shops and cafes lining the walk to the entrance turn stiles. Those with a museum pass can avoid the queue at the ticket booth.

Much of ancient Myra was lost under river silt long before the concrete grid pattern of Demre and acres of poly tunnels covered the area. The Roman theatre, built in the first century AD, is said to be the largest in Lycia with a capacity of 10,000. Much of the stage is intact and there are some well persevered stone carvings. Lycian tombs in the cliffs next to the theatre are the main attraction, but you cannot climb the cliffs to go in them. When the explorer historian Charles Fellows saw the tombs in 1840 he found them still colourfully painted red, yellow and blue. Many of the tombs have elaborate reliefs but sadly the colours have gone.

There is little to see at Myra compared to other Lycian sites such as PInara, Xanthos or Arykanda. In my opinion Myra is popular because of ease of access and promotion by bus tour companies, rather than for intrinsic beauty, but this is reasonable as not everyone will have their own transport or desire to tackle the more challenging approach roads and difficult access of other cities in the region. Myra would seem magnificent in other countries, but less so here because it has such strong competition in ancient Lycia and Caria.

Entrance fee is 55TL, included with Museum pass or MüzeKart. MüzeKart, which is available to Turkish citizens or residents, costs 60TL for an annual pass and can be purchased at Myra or at St. Nicholas Museum in Demre. MüzeKart can’t be bought at nearby Andriake, but it is one of the 300 sites to which it gives free access.

There is a small cafe, with shaded seating, and a shop inside the site. It is possible for those with reduced mobility to look over the site from just inside the entrance. The path, although level is uneven.
Written July 29, 2021
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Cynthia Attieh
Tripoli, Lebanon63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Historical, calm, beautiful. If you ever go to Antalya, make sure you go there in a tour covering Demre and Kekova as well. It is a bit far but worth every effort! Solymos Travel is a great option for this tour
Written September 14, 2021
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Aaron G
Los Angeles, CA286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Unlike Kaunos, which is somewhat difficult to get to, the rock tombs of Myra are as easy as it gets. You drive up, walk through the gauntlet of gift shops, and you're there. And what you're there for is pretty awesome. The tombs are intricate and imposing. The ancient theatre is a site to see too, but it is easily upstaged by the tombs, which offer great photo opportunities.
Written April 18, 2021
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Chook1
Sydney, Australia288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Others have reviewed the historical site of Myra very well indeed. We try to travel independently and want to assure fellow Trip Advisors that getting to Demre and then to Saint Nicholas Museum (Noel Baba Muze) and the ancient site of Myra is easy. Go on your own - you do not need a tourist guide. It is easy.

We travelled from Kas. It is a small town and there is almost no-where in the lower town that is far from the Otogar (bus station). Look for the Bati Antalya Bus Company. They have Kas - Demre buses, but also they could put you on buses running through Demre to Anatalya. It is all good just trust the bus office staff. The buses will drop you at the bus station (Otogar) in Demre. As you drive in you will notice the street signs to "Noel Baba Muze". Off the bus, walk two streets in that direction and there you are. Hire the audio guide for this site as well as Myra - it saves you some money that way, and the helpful staff at either site will tell you how it works. We were not here in peak season, but still the site had 3 large bus loads of tourists - so what! As an independent traveller you can sit - look at the site - knowing that the tourist goups are in and out in a flash! We found the audio guide good for the Saint Nicholas site - very good! We spent 1.5 hours here - the wall painings are fascinating, the recent Russian reconstructions are frankly awful, and if, like us, you are a people watcher the time will pass very quickly!

As you leave this site ask the staff to point you on the way to Myra. It can be seen up the road. Two left turns and you are walking there. It is a short (maybe 2kms) flat walk and you can stop on the way and have a tea or coffee. If you are not a walker bargain a taxi ride to the site for between 15 and 20 TL, including 1 - 2 hours waiting time. We walked. The audio guide for Myra was not so good but worth it to give an overview (if you have not read other Trip Advisor reports). And that is it really! By the way, when we visited the site it was between 1pm and 2pm - we had the site to ourselves - so remember - tourist groups eat between 1 pm and 2pm - avoid the crowds.

To get back to Kas you just do it all in reverse - we were told at the Demre bus station that there is a bus back to Kas very 30 minutes.

Opposite the Myra site is a small restaurant. We had lunch there - it is not the best food ever - but it is cheap and home cooked. Two bowls of mutton and chick pea soup, some raw garlic to slice on fresh bread and pickled chiliis, peppers and gherkins. How good! Cost = 12TL for 2 people!!! We had cold beers that doubled the price but we were thirsy!

Enjoy independent travelling.
Written October 21, 2014
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andromache1949
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Myra (now called Demre) has the most wonderful sets of rock tombs in all of Likya. For a while it was the chief city of Lily’s. The cliff face is peppered with house tombs and a rock cut, free standing temple tomb, several with fine reliefs. The theatre is in exceptional condition with most of the stage building standing. Above the very fine, carved doorways is an inscription mentioning several Roman emperors.

Unvisited is another fantastic necropolis. To see these tombs follow the road east round the hill. On the left behind rows of poly tunnels they are ignored but have the ‘painted’ tomb and one with a relief thought to be of Xanthos. Really worth a visit.
Written July 10, 2019
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Pauline R
Selby, UK61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
I had not heard of these before and found them fascinating. Our guide explained how they had been carved out of the cliffs by people just hanging from ropes. They look like miniature temples from the ground.
Written April 5, 2015
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Murat L
Ankara, Türkiye39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A fantastic historical place. 15 tl entrance. If you had Museum card free entrance. The amphi theatre is great. You can walk from the center of the city to Myra 25 minutes but The road is too dusty. You cant go to the rock graves only can watch them.
Written August 17, 2014
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Alireza R
Istanbul, Türkiye48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I was there for a short visit, I wish I could’ve stayed more. Place is amazing, you need hours to explore everything there. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses 😎
Written July 9, 2019
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Karlo_YU
46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Beautiful well preserved amphitheatre and interesting Lycian tombs. 30 - 40 minutes maximum to see everything. If you coming by car at front if the entrance is free parking, beware of the private free parking places and Turks which want to redirect you to their "free" parking place. Entrance 20 Turkish lira.
Written August 8, 2018
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DRD1965
Fethiye, Türkiye34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The overall place is small and you can tour in about an hour. But the rock tombs are amazing. The amphitheater is in great shape. you can walk all around it and also go to the bottom. Lots of carved stone head to take pictures of.
Written October 11, 2015
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