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Simena Kalesi: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

1. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

From Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

2. From Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

If you are a complete beginner or novice don't worry, this is a physical activity similar to going for a long brisk walk. The tour starts around 8:30 am when everyone gets on the bus in Kaş for the drive to Uçağiz village, which takes about 45 minutes. Kekova Kayak tour begin with a safety briefing and paddle instruction and then the fun begins! You will then enter the water and start your first paddling session from Üçağiz to get accustomed to the kayak and practice proper navigation. We depart Ucagiz at 09:30 am with motorized support vessel to escort us, and paddle southwest down the coast towards the Kekova Island and arrive Tersane bay at 10:15 am and followed by a swimming break. From there the group will slowly paddle over the ancient Lycian Sunken City of Kekova. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here. So what better way to explore the Sunken City than by Kayaking alongside the ruins; giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. After an exciting of adventure, we’ll head to Simena and arrive at 11:30 am, park in Kaleköy (ancient Simena Castle) for 45 mins, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. A hike up the hillside will give you magnificent views of the Kekova region. If you’d prefer to admire Simena Castle from down below, you can use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. In the afternoon we head back towards Theimussa for an up close view of more impressive Lycian sarcophagi and then return to our Kayak base. Following this you will move on to Üçağiz to enjoy lunch at 13:15 pm

From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

3. From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

Spend the day on the water exploring hidden coves and admiring fortresses and Byzantine ruins. Swim in Yaglica Bay, admire the Lycian Royal Tombs in Kaleköy, and enjoy typical delicacies in the all-organic lunch served onboard.  Meet the Capitan in Kas Marina at 9:30 AM and sip coffee and tea as you sail 1.5 hours through turquoise waters to the fist swim spot: Yaglica Bay. Snorkeling equipment, underwater cameras, kayaks, paddleboards, and underwater jets are all available for use during the tour.  At 11:30 AM, set sail for Akvaryum Bay which resembles an aquarium for its depth and clarity. Enjoy the sun or try your luck at catching fish using the fishing sets provided onboard. Enjoy an all-organic lunch of tasty olive oil dishes and grilled meat before heading to the next stop: Tersane Bay.  Get a glimpse of the city ruins submerged 2,000 years ago due to earthquakes. Cruising by the closest point of the sunken city, keep an eye out for the ruins of a Byzantine church at the bottom of the sea.  Next, head to  Kaleköy and admire the grandeur of the Crusader fortress and the Lycian Royal Tombs from the water. Enjoy one last swimming stop in Inonu Bay before sailing back to Kas Marina.

From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

4. From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Turkish Riviera and discover some of the most beautiful locations in the Demre province with a guide. Following pickup from accommodation in Side, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to picturesque Kekova Island. Explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip at the small town of Kale (Demre), and discover the stunning church of St. Nicholas before the transfer back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Simena Kalesi

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

This was the best tour we have ever done. Great family owned operation, very relaxing. The lunch was incredible and fresh. Very memorable experience. Highly recommended!

Except for the long drive, the tour was really great and informative.