Exploring Simena Castle: A Day Trip to Demre’s Past

Located in Antalya’s Demre district, Simena Castle is an impressive place offering magnificent views of history and natural beauty. Simena Castle is one of the beautiful places to visit in Demre with its Lycian period history and unique landscapes. You can see the most beautiful view of Demre and its surroundings from the castle.

Simena Castle in Demre

Simena Castle is home to important ruins from the ancient Lycian period. When you look at the surroundings from the top of the castle, you will see a magnificent view of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, Kekova Island and the surrounding natural beauties. If you like to take pictures, you can have very beautiful pictures accompanied by the scenery.

When this castle, which was used in the Middle Ages, is reached, the theater with seven rows of seats, which was built by carving a rock, first attracts the attention of many people. Located in the interior of the castle, which consists of the medieval walls, this theater has a capacity of 300 people. It also has features such as having the smallest structure compared to the theaters in other Lycian cities.

In the inner castle part, besides the theater, there is a temple that has survived to the present day with a few blocks and a stoa connected with the temple. In addition to these, you can see the remains of structures used as water cisterns, rock tombs, churches and mosques in Simena Castle.


Choosing shoes, if you want to go to Simena castle, it is recommended to wear suitable and non-slippery shoes for walking. Some of the stairs to the castle may be deformed or slippery.

In summer, the weather can be extremely hot and if you want to spend more time in Simena castle, it is recommended to take water and a hat with you.

Visiting hours

Simena castle is open to visitors seven days a week. You can visit between 08:00 and 20:00.

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