"Demre, Myra, Kale, Kekova and the Sunken city" Kale by Diana75

Kale Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 124 photos

It might be only my opinion, or maybe not, but it doesn't matter from which direction you approach Demre because you'll always be part of one of the most beautiful sceneries in Turkey.


The town is also officialy called Kale and this creates sometimes misunderstandings whenit comes to the real Kale (Simena) - see below. The present-day Demre is a modern town, but not a very spectacular one.

Like most of the towns located in the south part of Turkey, Demre has the specific look: hot temperature, low stone-made houses, an open-air vegetables market (the area is renown for the tomatos cultures), some restaurants always full of local men drinking tea and ... doing nothing.

And even if Demre is worth a visit just for experiencing this "dolce far niente" atmophere, the town has still much more to offer.


Myra, one of the most important towns of ancient Lycia, is located 1km north from the city centre.

St. Paul stopped here and changed boats on his way to Rome in 60 A.D.

The Eastern Roman emperor Theodosius II made Myra the capital of Byzantine Lycia until the city fell to the caliph Harun ar-Rashid in AD 808.

Myra is also the place where St. Nicholas lived in the early fourth century and performed a series of miracles.

Kekova and the Sunken city

The road from Demre (Myra) to the Island of Kekova with its Sunken city and Kale (the ancient Simena) is even more spectacular.

Great turquoise water, ancient lycian tombs, sometimes half under the water, the spectacular remains of a Sunken city located along the shore... this is the Island of Kekova.

Kale (Simena)

Just a small fisherman village today, Kale is the ancient city of Simena.

Dominated by the ruins of its Roman castle with one of the smallest theater in Turkey (only 300 seats), Kale is accessible by boat.

Specific Turkish restaurants in which the main dishes are based on fish lie on the shore, while the lycian sacophagus half under water attracts all the tourists.

To cut it short: Wonderful wild landscape, roads, which although narrow are in perfect condition, great boat trips, an idyllic combination of sun, sea, mountains and ancient places.

  • Last visit to Kale: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Fascinating look at some of the most unique parts of the Turkish coastline!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 7:51 AM

    Fascinating part of Turkey both by nature and history! I like especially the Sunken City and Myra's tombs - mysterious! I guess, you managed to change water into gas to fuel up your car :-)

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Really nice photo of the old houses on the hill, we do not have anything like this in Australia

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2006 at 1:16 PM

    Fascinating page on Kale, especially the rock tombs and the Greco-Roman theatre in Myra.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 1:00 PM

    This looks a most stunningly interesting area. Thanks for sharing.

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2006 at 5:12 PM

    hi Diana! Thank you for reminding my Turkey trip (oh... 12 years ago!) Nice place! Kris

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2006 at 7:50 AM

    Those cliff tombs look fascinating -- and the underwater ruins sound interesting too -- great photos as always Diana -- oh to have some of those blue skies in England right now!

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 12:56 PM

    Paginile tale sunt o desfatare pentru ochi si o bucurie pentru suflet si minte. Felicitari! Gabriela

  • RUMISABUNCU's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2006 at 4:41 AM

    There are a lot of cause to visit Antalya again. So you may change your 2006 travel program and add your list Antalya.greeting from Kekova

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2006 at 5:25 AM

    This place looks very much like Dalyan with the rock tombs, just as facinating though


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