On the way to Demre you can visit Phaselis, go to Mt.Tahtall by Teleferik, go to Kumluca Market (Friday) and visit Sunken City at Kekova.
The road from Antalya to Demre is more spectacular in terms of landscapes, but it is longer.
Both goals give you satisfaction, but it depends on what you want.
Thanks for your tips.
We have done all those attractions you mentioned to Side on our last visit. Is it nice to stay just in Side for 2 nights?
The way to Demre sounds interesting as we haven not visited those attractions you mentioned, apart from the Sunken city.
Is Demre a nice place to stay for two nights? We will return to Antalya for our return flight.
Many thanks again!
If you have been east along the coast to Side, the western coast towards Demre is much more scenic. I don't think Demre is an attractive town, it's quite modern, concrete, not really the place to stay. You would be better off staying in Cirali, Olympos or Adrasan to visit the ancient sites of Phaselis and Olympos nearby and going to Demre as a day trip.
At the west coast you can visit mount Chimaera too, it's spectacular with flaming fires all day long.
And by the mountain I drunk the best tea ever, in small place just by the parking.
I wouldn't choose Demre as a base.
I'll follow Scousemouse suggestion which is in fact related with the post nr,4-Pacho Tour.
And the scenary is beautiful. In fact, at the end of Augusy I'll be in Cirali for a few days
Thanks so much for all your useful tips. Really appreciated it. We will not stay in Demre. We stopped in Cirali last time for lunch & the Olympos ruins last time. It looks very peaceful there. Think we'll stay in Adrasan this time. Heard it's very nice too. In fact, is there anything to see or to do in Demre? We have already seen the Sunken city in Kelova on our last visit.
If you stay in Adrasan look for a B&B on the river such as Arikanda River Garden, it is very peaceful (may be busier in July than when we stayed in October!).