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Rock tombs, Father Christmas and a sunken city - what a combination!
THIS IS A FIRST RATE ANCIENT SITE,IT IS FOUND SOME 24K FROM FINIKE ON THE FINIKE TO KAS COAST ROAD.THERE ARE A EXERLENT ROCK TOMBS TO BE SEEN ,AND A VERY WELL PRESERVED THEATER,ALL THIS AND THE CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS[SANTA CLAUS]WITH PLENTY OF SHOPS AND A MARKET TOO.more
St Nicholas, yes the Santa Claus actually came from Patara in Turkey and he died in Myra around 350 AD. Stories of his charitable works became legendary and by the 10th century St. Nicholas was the most popular folk saint in the Byzantine realm, counting as the patron saint of children, poor virgins, innocent prisoners, sailors and Russians.His...more
The original church of St Nicholas was destroyed in an Arab raid and the church was rebuilt in its present form with the help of Constantine IX and Empress Zoe in 1043. It later fell into disuse in Turkish times until 1862 when Czar Alexander I bought the edifice and began restoring it. Further restorations have been carried our in more recent...more
As you wander around the rubble and rocks of the theatre strewn at you feet are fragments from the façade, which was richly decorated with theatrical masks and mythological scenes. They make for great photo opportunities of modern faces against the old! Keep an eye out for macabre set of three carved masks.more
Just down the coast from Kale is Myra where some impressive and well preserved Lycian monuments can be seen. In particular there are collection of rock tombs and an imposing 2nd century theatre. Well worth a stop here - once you get past the thronging souvenir market stalls which have appeared since our first visit here - a shame it is now overly...more
In later years the theatre at Myra was used for gladiator fights. This Greco-Roman theatre with its 38 rows of seating is the largest theatre in Lycia and enjoys a fine backdrop with the tombs in the cliff face behind. The site is a bit of a jumble with loose rocks and rubble strewn around the place - most of the seating is intact but the stage...more
Ok you just have to see this place - situated roughly between Fethiye and Antalya on the southern Turkish coast. We were so glad to return here and actually visit the village rather than just sail past. as in our first visit to this area. The approach to Kalekoy from the sea harbour of Ucagiz is so delightful and the water really is that blue!. The...more
As well as the sarcophagi lining the hills this half sunken one in the bay of kekova is a popular sight to be photographed with. its such a strange sight to see this tomb in the water. Its easier to see from the water - in 2007 we had to trek up and down the hillside to reach the spit of land where we could view the rock tomb closer up. Plus it was...more
The ancient city of Simena once consisted of two parts - an island and a coastal part of the mainland. The coastal part today is an idylic fishing village with its crusader castle on the hill. Across the bay are the islands where half-submerged ruins of the residential part of Simena can be seen - the result of terrible earthquakes of the 2nd...more
The earliest church of St. Nicholas at Myra was built in the 6th century. The present-day church stems mainly from the 8th century; a monastery was added in the second half of the 11th century.In 1863 Czar Alexander II of Russia bought the building and started to have it restored, but the work was never finished. In 1963 the eastern and southern...more
The Demre Santa wouldn't go to New Zealand. Just a hundred metres or so from his old church, near where the tour buses park, there is a giant bronze sculpture of St Nick standing on a painted globe. Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa, is a legendary gift-giving icon who distributes presents to sleeping...more
It is believed that Kale (Simena) and Kekova are often called the "sunken city" due to the numerous ruins and sarcophaguses halfway underwater.But along the shore of Kekova are also the remains of an old city ruined following a earthquake during the byzantine period.Parts of old houses and walls are half above and half under the water, while...more
Due to its location the Island of Kekova is relatively unknown to tourists. The best way to get to Kekova and see the surrounds is by boat. We took one fisherman boat from Ucagiz and had a great trip around the island, to see the remains of the suken city. Kekova is actually a group of little islands and bays that form an oasis of peace and calm....more
If after such a great trip you feel hungry, both in Kale (Simena) and Ucagiz you have the possibility to taste the local food.
It is useless to say that all the dishes are based on fish (as I already mentioned both are fishermen villages).
We have tried a small restaurant located in the harbor in Ucagiz is I have to confess that the calmars were the best I have ever eaten.
I don't remember exactly how much we have paid but it was almost nothing compared to the price you pay in the town for the same food.
Several options:An organised trip combining Myra/Demre/Kekova and Kale using coach and boat.Boats sail from Kas - - takes a while though and thus probably less time in Kale but more time at sea if that's what you prefer. Boats from Kalkan take even longer and not recommended. Take a Dolmus to Üçagiz (Teimiussa) the harbour hamlet where you can take...more
To get to Kekova you need to rent a boat. There are a number of boat companies that will take you there at reasonable prices, but in my opinion the best option is to ask a local fisherman to take you to Kekova. It certainly is more interesting and more over you'll be alone with him and have enough time to enjoy the ride.We did so and a fisherman...more
Near the Church of St. Nicholas you have a couple of places where you can find local craft and other souvenirs.
In front of the church there are some small shops selling both souvenirs related to St. Nicholas but also suits for belly dancing and other items related to it.
On the left side watching the church is an open-air market from where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but also other small souvenirs.
From Ucagiz we bought an old Turkish coffee pot for which we paid 12,000,000 TL, but also other interesting items were available.
The base of the unique necropolis in Myra it was a Lycian custom to bury the dead people high up because they believed that in this way they were more easily transported to heaven. The funeral monuments were built isolatedly or cut out of the rock-facea and some of the facades have flat or sloping roofs supported by pillars, suggesting that they...more
The turquoise clear water which allows you to see much of the ruins under the water, temptes you to swim around Kekova and dive to see the sunken city.But the swimming is not allowed in this area due to the fact that there are too many boats going around the island.Still a chance to see the underwater ruins is to rent a boat which has glass floor.more
Great landscape, a wonderful experience...The road trip to these sites shouldn't be missed, but don't do as we did.Be sure that you have full tank because just some kilometres before arriving to Demre we have noticed that our gas finished.Sure, now we have fun just thinking of that moments but back then it was not a very comfortable idea to finish...more
Some tombs located on the lower part are opened and if you are curious to see if there is something inside you can step in.Some of the tombs used to have paintings presenting the scenes from the dead person life but today there is not trace of these paintings anymore.The tombs are just empty.more
The large number of rock-cut sepulchres are imitating wooden houses and shrines, with pillared facades and reliefs.Most of the reliefs are presenting moments from the daily life of the family or of the person buried there. For example in the relief of the so-called "Painted Tomb" located on the hill in a place called the "River Necropolis", is a...more
The road to Demre (Kale) and Myra is not interesting only from the landscape point of view.Just getting closer and closer to Demre you find yourself in a wild mountain scenery scattered by old Lycian sarcophaguses. We've been too curious for not stopping and have a closer look and take some pictures of this old monuments.more
Due to the fact that the water in this part of Turkey is particularly warm many yachts stops in Kale and Kekova. The biggest advantage is that this site is still relatively unknown to tourists, that's why you can relax and swim in the wonderful turquoise waters without being disturbed.more
The turquoise coast is great for lazy day boat trips - and longer cruises by gulets must be wonderful in this area. We settled for just a day here but its something I could easily get used too. Warm sunshine, interesting villages and ruins and a dip in that blue blue warm water... Make sure you take plenty of suncream....more
Having a dip in that amazing turquoise warm water was so relaxing and the water so warm! Boat trips will often drop anchor in one of the bays (away from the ruins below the water) so you can enjoy a swim break when it gets too hot. Do watch out for the spiny sea urchins though.more