Kekova, Demre and Myra
Alanya Kekova-Demre-Myra tour provides an amazing opportunity to become familiar with Turkish history while visiting an antiquated city in Myra, the church of St. Nicholas in Demre and indented city in Kekova! Beginning with the attractive boat journey in Kekova depressed city, ruined by a shaky earthquake within the 2nd century, you’ll visit an antiquated Greek amphitheater and the stone cut tombs of the Lycian graveyard in Myra! The ancient Theater and the Church of St. Nicholas the Saint to whom is known as Santa Claus.
Santa Clause Claus was the archbishop of Myra. Today he is the benefactor holy person of Russia, Beit Jala in Palestine and New York City. His church which was located in New York was 170- year – old church when the falling World Trade Center towers destroyed it. St. Nicholas was selected this place as his last resting location because of the pleasure of sleeping with the nice smell of lemons and oranges. Visiting the astonishing underwater ruins of the sunken city which is related to Kekova Island is the last plan of this tour.
Kekova, Demre and Myra Tour in details
This tour usually starts very early in the morning about 3.30 to 4 from the hotel in Alanya. After passing through Antalya and driving towards the popular Kemer, stopping there for having breakfast at an amazing restaurant with unforgettable view of Kumluca town. Continuing the way to Kekova will be followed.
The marvelous road to Kekova is remarkably picturesque. On the both side of the road you can have the beautiful views. On your left side, there is the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea and on the right side, there are a pretty towns and the great Taurus Mountains. To visit the ruins of sunken city, in Kekova, it will be an hour boat journey which is with a glass bottom boat. This boat will sail slowly through the sea and the ruins of the city will be seen under the water clearly. The history of this antique Lycian city will be stated by the professional guide to help you to imagine this city at that time. It is a good chance to swim in the turquoise water of Mediterranean Sea during the break time.
After that fabulous journey by boat, driving to the old city of Myra is followed. You will have enough time to find out how wonderful is. And the final great sight to see is the church of Saint Nicholas in Demre. Now adays, this church is renovated and serves as a museum.
Finally next to the church there is a nice local restaurant in which you can serve your lunch. After eating lunch the guests will return to Alanya. Around 7.30 is the drop – off time and the tour is finished.
- It is recommended to bring your own camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit and sun hat
- It is a good idea to wear a comfortable shoes
- For entering to the church, it is required for women to cover their head