Demre, Myra and Sunken City Kekova Full-Day Tour from Antalya
Daily bus trips from Antalya to Kekova sunken city Myra ruines Lycian tombs Demre tours excursion packages deals prices booking cheap. KEKOVA: Kekova is a name given to the most scenic area in Lycia along the Turquoise Coast. It covers a large area consisting of Kekova Island, Kale (the Castle) village and Üçagiz (the Three Mouths) village. A sunken city was formed by the submergence of ancient cities probably due to earthquakes. The Tersane (shipyard) can still be seen on the shore of Kekova Island. Both the sunken city and the Tersane are thought to be from either the Lycian or Byzantine period, but neither of them have been excavated. On a narrow section of the western side of the island are the ruins of a Byzantine Church with its apse still visible. The village of Kale has been identified as the former Lycian town of Simena, where there is still a settlement with stone cottages mixed in with Lycian and Roman remains. A Lycian sarcophagus standing in the shallows of the harbor of Simena is the most notable ruin. Other remains in the village are a 1st century AD Roman bath complex, a medieval castle, a small theater, cisterns and a necropolis.
MYRA: The ancient city of Myra, located a few kilometers out of Demre in the
north, was one of the earliest Lycian cities. Myra was renowned throughout the
centuries as the city where St. Nicholas had lived in the 4th century AD. The
ruins in Myra consist mainly of a theater and some of the best examples of
Lycian rock-cut tombs. The rest of the city has not been excavated yet. The
acropolis, as expected, is at the top of the hill.
ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH: Saint Nicholas giving its name to the church in Demre (Myra) is said to be the original Santa Claus. St. Nicholas became the bishop of the Christian church of Myra, but little is known about him with certainty. His reputation for generosity and compassion is best exemplified in the legend that relates how Nicholas saved a poor man from a life of prostituting his three daughters. The story provides the foundation for the custom, still practiced in many countries, of giving gifts in celebration of the saint's day, which is December 6.
St. Nicholas was buried in a tomb outside the city of Myra, over which a chapel
was subsequently erected. In the 6th century it was replaced by a large church,
which is located in the town of Demre.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entrance fee to the Church of St. Nicholas in Demre
- Entrance fee to the ancient city of Myra
- Boat trip in Kekova
- Professional guide
- Personal expenses (souvenirs, candles, icons of St. Nicholas, etc.)
- Do not forget to bring: sun cream, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, photo camera.
- Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- Women are required to wear a head covering in the church.