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Reviewed 20 November 2018

Visited this castle as part of a day trip with 'Day Trips by Captain Ergun' tour. Castle in poor condition. Set above a small village. On an island so must use boat to access. Very steep walk.. Difficult to navigate a maze of stalls and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AndPancho
Reviewed 24 September 2018

The charm of this small village is that it does not lead to land on land, but it can only be approached by boat. It has been inhabited since the ancient times but it has become a tourist attractions today mainly. Even some old fishermen...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tibor P
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

You pass it on the daily boat excursions. I am told you can walk around. Very steep. Can’t say anymore. Part of Lycian civilisation. Steeped in history.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jillianarb
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing place , you can see the beautiful Kekova Island , the small Kale village. No cars there , no polution. You can eat traditional turkish kitchen , and many kind of fish. Also you will see in Simena Castle the smallest theatre. Also lycians...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Chiorean N
Reviewed 29 April 2017

While it is a stiff walk up to the castle, it is worth it for the views.There is not a great deal of architectural interest within the castle itself, but it is still worth wandering around. Unusually, there is a fleur-de-lis tile in one of...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Rod F
Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you have visit to Kekova , first thing you have to do is go up to castle. best timing is before sunset.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Gokhan G G
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Never climbed up to the castle, but the views for a boat were magnificent. The castle is situated next to a number of pensions.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Michael C
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The climb to the castle and back down from it was steep but not the most strenuous. What will make it taxing is the intense summer heat on this tiny, dry little village. The entry fee is cheap and tickets are bought at the gate....More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank 287aneesap
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Staying in a pension just below the castle- lovely views from the top- well worth the climb and small fee if you go up during the day but although we had no money with us the guy still allowed us through!

Date of experience: June 2016
Reviewed 31 July 2016

weather was perfect for this walk to the Castle. the view was spectacular. Ancient mosaics could be seen too

Date of experience: June 2016
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