Kalekoy - 'village of the castle' or Simena in Greek
Kalekoy provides one of the most magnificent views in Southern Turkey. The small coastal village is over looked by the ruins of a medieval Byzantine castle, built in the middle ages to control the pirates who used the local bays for shelter. In fact the name of the village, Kalekoy, or Simena in Greek means 'village of the castle'. Roman remains including a theatre and ramparts are found near the castle.
Lycian Necropolis from Kalekoy Byzantine Castle
From the castle is the spectacular view of a sunken Lycian Necropolis. A necropolis is an ancient cemetery or burial ground, and literally means 'city of the dead'. The tombs and sarcophagi are partially submerged beneath the crystal clear turquoise sea, surrounded by small bays, inlets and islets. The area is very popular with tourists in small boats and yachts.
The area is near the small but inhabited island of Kekova, also known for its sunken remains. Diving in the area is forbidden, although much of the remains can be viewed from one of the many sightseeing boats, as the water is extremely clear. Boats can be hired for this locally.
Geological activity over the last two thousand years is the reason for changes of land elevation in this region.