The small town of Kemer is situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus-mountains. This charming seaside resort is only 43 km from Antalya and about 65 km from the international airport of Antalya.
Koy formerly Eski (old town), on the reputation Kemer (means water) in 191O. The villagers have constructed a 23 km aqueduct at the foot of the Taurus Mountains to protect the village from floods. This ancient village has become one of the most important tourist centres of Turkey from 1980 with the tourist region of Antalya.
Kemer: spectacular scenery, beaches, and forests
Kemer has a spectacular landscape: broad sandy beaches alongside pine forests at the foot of the mountain range of Taurus (Toros Daglar). This place seamlessly blends tourism with this beautiful landscape and offers all the benefits of a modern seaside resort. A fully equipped marina with 300 yachts and facilities for all kinds of activities are available to tourists.
Kemer is the starting point for excursions to discover the many natural archaeological sites in the region.
On esplanade by the sea, north of the marina, you can visit the cafes, shops and beach. In front of the Kemer marina visit the Yoruk Park, housed in the mini peninsula. You’ll find traditional craftsmen and you will discover the everyday life of nomads. You will assist in the preparation of Ayran, or the weaving of a carpet. Behind the beach, there are places where cooling drinks are served. During the day, sports and leisure facilities are discreetly hidden among the pines in the forest for you to enjoy.
Those who want to shop will be amazed by the extraordinary variety of souvenirs available.
Practical Guide Kemer
Kemer is a charming small town and is an ideal resort to enjoy holidays. Liman Caddesi, the main street, bordered by pine trees, hotels, bars, cafes and shops where you can purchase leather, souvenirs and Turkish carpets. In the north, at the end of the street is the marina of Kemer (marina), south of the pebble beaches surrounded by green grass and fragrant pine trees. There are also equipment rentals on the beach for water sports such as sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, umbrellas …
Beldibi is a seaside resort 12 km from Kemer. In the Beldibi cave, prehistoric remains were discovered.
The ancient city of Phaselis is located 15 km south of Kemer, Phaselis was an important commercial centre in the 5th century with its three ports located at the foot of the Tahtali Mountain. The trading port dating from the Hellenistic period became archbishop during the Roman period, and today contains mostly Roman ruins: ports, walls of the citadel, the Temple of Jupiter, Karal way Antonius Caravella and theatre. Phaselis is a pleasant place where young swimmers can swim in safety, in a setting where nature and history is one.
Getting to Kemer
By bus: shuttle follow every ten minutes on the road Kemer-Antalya
By plane: Kemer is only an hour’s drive from Antalya airport
By boat: the services are held regularly.
Climate and Weather
Kemer has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and dry winters and rainy temperate. Bathed in sunshine for 300 days, Kemer provides a long tourist season.
Kemer is a seaside resort and district of the Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast in Turkey, which is 40 km west of the city of Antalya.
Kemer is located on the Gulf of Antalya and 53 km from the coast to the western edge of the Taurus Mountains. The coast has typically Mediterranean, hot and dry weather and warm sea water. Until the early 1980s, this seaside resort was a quiet place surrounded by rural surroundings. Today, however, Kemer as well as other coastal cities take a very important role in Turkey’s tourism industry.
Research shows that Kemer belonged to the Lycian city of Idyros.
Kemer was called “eski köy” (old village) until in 1917 a 23 km long wall was built next to the water flow from the top station of the canal to protect the city from flooding, which was a persistent problem before. So the name Kemer (belt) refers to the wall. Until the 1960s there was no coastal road and the area was only accessible by boat. Back in the 1980s, a route through the city and large investments in infrastructure were planned, which would be financed by the World Bank and aimed at far-reaching development in the tourism industry.
According to the 2007 census, the district has a population of 33,153. The city itself has 11,733 inhabitants. Kemer has 4 municipalities (Beldibi, Çamyuva, Göynük, Tekirova) and 4 villages.
Tourism in Kemer:
One of the main attractions of Kemer is its natural beauty, the sea, the mountains and the pine forests, all of which are harmoniously connected. The coast from Beldibi to Tekirova is made up of pristine beaches and bays of various sizes, all of which include pebble beaches. With convenient transportation, good communications and other communal services, Kemer owns a large portion of the capacity of hotels in the Antalya region. This seaside resort is a comfortable, quiet and internationally recognized coastal resort. This attracts many visitors from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and, in recent years, families from Russia. Many of the visitors book an inexpensive all-inclusive package. Tourism is the backbone of the local economy in the region. Kemer is visited by many tourists every year, so most of the shops in Kemer are stocked with things like leather jackets etc. The trade is carried out both in the national currency “Türk Lirası” and in euros.
Kemer’s marina with 300 yachts offers you a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is one of the most important wintering areas for sailors from the USA, Great Britain and other countries in Europe.
Göynük Mountain, Ulupınar, Olympos, Chimera, Phaselis, the “Three Islands” and Eco Park are famous tourist spots in Kemer.
The city of Kemer has vibrant clubs, bars, restaurants, beaches and a port with a capacity of 300 boats. Popular coastal villages are Beldibi, Kiris, Çayova, Aslanbucak, Kuzdere, Beycik, Çamyuva, Göynük and Çıralı.
Annual events in the area include art exhibitions in Phaselis, regattas, WRC (World Rally Championship), Turkey Offshore Championship, Turkey Motocross Championship, Phaselis Art Festival and Carnival. International pop stars and DJs such as DJ Tiesto and Tarkan offer concerts on the coast in summer.
1. Adrasan Bay – 2 km from the beach
2. Çıralı village and its pristine beach – 4 km away, popular for nature walks
3. Üç Adalar (three islands) – popular for divers
4. Göynük Gorge
5. Ikiz Kayalar (Twin Rocks)
6. Ulupınar – a village with a lot of water
7. There are some interesting caves such as the “Beldibi Molla” and the “Tahtali” cave on the east side of the mountain. The Taurus Mountains also offer many caves and special places that can be passed by foot or by jeep
1. Chimaera – the burning rock of Greek mythology
2. The ancient cities of Phaselis and Olympos
3. The city of Kemer itself has ancient remains of Idryos, a Byzantine church and a castle of the Turkish Seljuks