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Demre is a town in the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, named after the river Demre. Demre is the Lycian town of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the historical man later developed into the figure of Santa Claus. A substantial Christian community of Greeks lived in Demre until the 1920s when they were forced to migrate to Greece after the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey. The region is popular with tourists today, particularly Christian pilgrims who visit the tomb of Saint Nicholas.
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Before the tourism boom in the 1980’s agriculture was the area’s main industry.  However, despite the tourism boom, the cultivation of local fruits and vegetables still continues today, with the flourishing growth of pomegranates and citrus fruits in addition to a many other varieties of produce being cultivated all year in greenhouses.  Fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood is the basis of local cuisine in this area.  With hot, dry summers and warm, rainy winters the climate is typical of the Mediterranean region. 


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