Simena is the ancient Lycian city, which is within the borders of Kas district of Antalya and which is today known as Kaleköy. The history of the ancient city of Simena, which satisfied visitors with its natural beauty and its sea, dates back to the 4th century BC. Some parts of ancient city of Simena is under the waters as a result of earthquakes. It is possible to see structures such as stairs and houses, half of which are on the water and half of which are under water. Simena ancient city is one of the most important coastal cities of Lycian civilization in ancient times and today the grade 1 archaeological site area. The ancient city of Simena is 48 kilometres away from Antalya‘s Kas district.
The sarcophagus in the sea is almost like the symbol of the ancient city of Simena. The most rugged historical remains of the ancient city of Simena are Kaleköy castle, which still preserves its strength and Vitality until today. The Castle can be reached on a steep path from the coast to the top. On the way to the castle, there are sarcophagi with an inscription indicating that it was dedicated to the little Eksedraya and Mentor who’s the son of İdargus. The first ancient ruins that can be seen when the castle is reached is the theatre, which is one of the most important ruins of Simena, which has a seating capacity of about 300 people, with 7 rows of seats carved into the rock. Rock Tombs, water cisterns, churches and other remains are also located in this historic castle. The geographical location of the region in which Simena is located has the conditions that allow for many important social activities besides the famous festivals. Boat trips, nature walks, water sports, bicycle tours are among the social activities. Most of the businesses located in the ancient city of Simena are operated by local people. You can eat the world’s finest fish at Simena’s local restaurants. Accommodation prices may vary depending on where you will stay, room prices are usually between 150-300 TL per person per day. Although it is a bit difficult to reach the ancient city of Simena, which is about 200 kilometres away from Antalya, it is the first place to be seen before you die among the historical places within the borders of Antalya province.
Entrance fee to the ancient city of Simena is 10 TL per person. Access to the ancient city of Simena is usually possible with boat tours departing from Üçağız. Although the ancient city of Simena is not an island, it is almost impossible to reach by car. The only way to go to the ancient city of Simena are the boats. The natural beauty of Simena would not have been so protected if it were possible to reach it in any other way, except for the boats. The ancient city of Simena is very close to the historical sites such as the ancient city of Myra, Santa Claus Church and the port of Andriake can also be visited. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.