History of Simena

Simena dates back to the 4th century BC. It was once a small fishing village, which later became a crusader's outpost for the Knights of St. John. The ancient city of Simena existed in two parts, one an island and the other a coastal part of the mainland. The medieval structures and monuments can still be seen on the mainland but the real attractions are the submerged ruins of the sunken city of Simena, which can be seen across the bay, along the island. The city went under water in the 2nd century AD after a devastating earthquake caused a downward shift of the land.