Castle of Simena
Castle of Simena
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  • stuffmatters
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia883 contributions
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    Great panorama, fun village
    Simena village at the foot of the citadel is only directly accessible by boat or a short hike up the hill to the fortress via a necropolis featuring rock tombs. The fortress itself is well worth the effort with an outstanding sunset panorama over Kekova. Simena village has a choice of good restaurants to enjoy after the clamber whilst the path down has a variety of low pressure sellers!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Dean-Traveller
    Mugla, Türkiye1,183 contributions
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    Great views after a climb to Simena Castle in Kaleköy.
    The remains of ancient Simena are now in the modern village of Kaleköy. There are ruins dating back to 4th Century BC including many sarcophagi, a small Hellenistic period.theatre and Byzantine city walls. The ruins of the bath house have an inscription to the Roman emperor, Titus. The medieval castle walls that dominate the acropolis were built on the foundations of earlier walls in about 1500AD. It is thought the castle was there to deter pirates from the seas of the area. Most people will arrive by boat from Demre or Üçağız, but there is a minor road to the back of the castle hill from Üçağız. Through the boat yard and park where the road ends. It is then a steep climb up to the castle and back down to the coast of Kaleköy. The views are spectacular over the turquoise waters to Kekova and neighbouring islands. Tombs rise up from the sea. Earthquakes in the 2nd century AD caused much of Simena to be submerged, but many ruins can be seen through the clear waters from boats. Other ruins are amongst the modern homes and restaurants in Kaleköy. There will be little if anything open out of the holiday season. Entry to the castle was 90TL.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Josh T
    London, United Kingdom180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep climb but worth the ascent for the view at the top
    Visited Kalekoy (Simena) island in May 2024 as part of a private boat trip to Kekova island. It’s a steep ascent to the castle but the views are worth the climb. A few restaurants on the island which we did not visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2024
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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Türkiye1,183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The remains of ancient Simena are now in the modern village of Kaleköy. There are ruins dating back to 4th Century BC including many sarcophagi, a small Hellenistic period.theatre and Byzantine city walls. The ruins of the bath house have an inscription to the Roman emperor, Titus.
The medieval castle walls that dominate the acropolis were built on the foundations of earlier walls in about 1500AD. It is thought the castle was there to deter pirates from the seas of the area.
Most people will arrive by boat from Demre or Üçağız, but there is a minor road to the back of the castle hill from Üçağız. Through the boat yard and park where the road ends. It is then a steep climb up to the castle and back down to the coast of Kaleköy.
The views are spectacular over the turquoise waters to Kekova and neighbouring islands. Tombs rise up from the sea. Earthquakes in the 2nd century AD caused much of Simena to be submerged, but many ruins can be seen through the clear waters from boats. Other ruins are amongst the modern homes and restaurants in Kaleköy. There will be little if anything open out of the holiday season.
Entry to the castle was 90TL.
Written 24 January 2024
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JillianJournalist
Amsterdam, The Netherlands36 contributions
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Jun 2019
We came to this part of the west Turkish Coast on a gulet cruise with Adventure4ever, to sea kayak which is an experience in itself.Before kayaking though we hiked up to the castle which was an easy and leisurely hike. The Turkish coastal waters are crystal clear and a beautiful tourquoise colour. The view from the top where the castle sits was outstanding. The castle itself dates way back to the Byzantine times and is well worth the short hike.
Written 20 February 2020
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Josh T
London, UK180 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
Visited Kalekoy (Simena) island in May 2024 as part of a private boat trip to Kekova island. It’s a steep ascent to the castle but the views are worth the climb. A few restaurants on the island which we did not visit.
Written 7 June 2024
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canmom
Cirali, Türkiye14,181 contributions
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My family and I travelled to the sunken city of Simena in Sept. 2006. From the harbour of Demre we boarded a small boat and there were many larger boats awaiting to to take out guests. We did not however choose the public boats and opted for a private smaller boat to get the the site. The boat trip will take a good part of 3 hours or more.

We had a great time and enjoyed the view along the coastline of the area. Once we came up to the ancient city we noticed many rock tombs and many staircases both on land and in the water. These ruins are from the Lycian and Byzantine times. Along this trip we passed the small fishing village of Kalekoy with a wonderful castle atop of the hill. Many boats will stop there for lunch but we were a bit pressed for time.

Swimming along the sunken ruins is forbidden but at the end of the trip the captain of the boat took us to another spot just west of the ruins and we were able to swim in this protected area. We also notice small seakayak's that I guess you could rent out to visit the ruins.

I guess however I was expecting a bit more after seeing so many photos of the area therefore I was just a bit disappointed. But all in all a great trip
Written 19 January 2007
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Chiorean N
Cluj-Napoca, Romania132 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Friends
Amazing place , you can see the beautiful Kekova Island , the small Kale village. No cars there , no polution. You can eat traditional turkish kitchen , and many kind of fish. Also you will see in Simena Castle the smallest theatre. Also lycians sarcophagus.
Written 11 October 2017
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Sue Westgate
Kloof, South Africa140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
weather was perfect for this walk to the Castle. the view was spectacular. Ancient mosaics could be seen too
Written 31 July 2016
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye1,96,346 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Couples
From Üçağız,you must take a boat to Kaleköy which is about 5 -6 minutes drive.Then you must climb up to the Castle in about 5-10 minutes time depending on which way you will go through the little roads via the village houses and little shops and cafes.Entrance is TL.10.- and you can also get a small brochure about the place.The view on top is Magnificient and you can see about full 360 degrees view all around.Strongly recommended to visit if you are in this area for any reason.İt is open to the public by 7pm.
Written 24 August 2014
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye1,96,346 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Couples
We have been to this historical Castle by boat from Üçağız village and made a short trip to Simena village.This part of the village is accessible by boat only.After arrival,a short climb about 10 minutes and so through little roads among the village houses where you have the chance to see the real life of the village people,as well.Entrance to the Castle is now TL.10.- per head.Very well protected and the scenery from the top is fantastic as you will be able to see 360 degrees of view.Very good to have some nice snapshots here with whole Kekova island and the village of Üçağızlar and its peninsula.Well worth to visit it.
Written 22 August 2014
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,521 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Friends
Quote from thisisantalya.com:

“Located in an idyllic village that (supposedly) can only be accessed by boat or by foot, Simena Castle is one of Antalya’s treasures. Awe-inspiring panoramic views, hospitable Turkish villagers, a heart-pumping work-out, and Byzantine era ruins create an authentically Antalya experience.

History of Simena Castle

Inscriptions dating back to 4th century BC have been found in this ancient city, but the castle itself only dates back to the Byzantine era. Supposedly it was built to fend off pirates from raiding Kekova during the Middle Ages.

The 300-seat capacity theatre carved into the side of the slope signifies that it was used as a small city during Roman times. There are also carvings in the public baths that can be found on the shore of Kaleköy with dedications to Roman Emperor Titus (69-79 AD).“
Written 26 October 2023
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Iren Kun UK
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
June 2023

If you choose to go by car (and not by boat), follow Google Maps to Simena Castle until you can't go further by car.

When you leave D400 the street will get narrower and the quality worse. It takes longer to proceed.
It takes about 20-30 until Ucagiz.
Go through the village and you will find a place where cars park.
I took a photo of this place from the castle.

There is a bus stop as well and you will pass a cemetery.

From the "car park" try to find the path up to the castle with the help of my photos.
When you stand in the car park and look up at the castle, the path at your level will start on your left. Unfortunately, there is no sign of that.

We got to the "car park" around 6.15pm. We have chosen to visit in the evening because during the daytime it was very hot. Google Maps stated it is open until 7pm. In reality, it was open until 8pm. Please see my photos.

It takes about 15 minutes to get up to the castle and you better wear hiking sandals or shoes. The surface is somewhat rocky and uneven but totally doable. Please see my photos.

The entrance fee was 75 TL (at the time the only option was to pay by cash).
Opening times were 8.00-20.00.
There is a toilet at the castle.
No drones were allowed this time.

Walking around the castle is indeed only about 15 mins, but it depends on how much time you spend enjoying the view and taking photos.

If you want to explore Simena (which seems to be a very small place) you can take the other path down which leads through ice cream stalls, small cafes and other stalls with clothes. It starts right at the castle.

I took some pictures where you can see the boat access to Simena and some signposting in the village to the castle.
Written 27 June 2023
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