Modern day Demre is built on the ancient Lycian site of Myra, located on Turkey’s spectacular Mediterranean coast. It is famed as the home of Saint Nicholas, the bishop who evolved into the figure of Santa Claus. Demre was formerly home to a substantial Christian community of Greeks until the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in the 1920s. They have left their legacy in the abandoned Greek villages at Demre and the surrounding regions of Kalkan, Kaş and Kayaköy, a Greek ghost town. A small population of Turkish farmers have since moved into the region which is popular with tourists and Christian pilgrims who come to visit the tomb of Saint Nicholas.