Kemer is known to tourists as a popular resort, port and center of Antalya province. It is part of the so-called Turkish Riviera - a long coastline of the Mediterranean Sea with a developed resort infrastructure. The city is located at the foot of the wooded Taurus Mountains, it is surrounded by picturesque bays and beaches.
Tourists go to Kemer for a healing climate, warm sea and gentle sun. The destination is in demand among package and individual travelers. The city in ancient times was part of the state of Lycia, in the vicinity there are monuments of ancient culture. But, nevertheless, the most important sights of Kemer are natural parks, mountains and a beautiful sea coast.
What to see and where to go in Kemer?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The ancient city of Phaselis
Phaselis was founded in the 7th century BC by people from Rhodes. The city existed until the 13th century, reaching its maximum prosperity during the Roman Empire. After the invasion of the Seljuk Turks and the earthquake that followed it, the inhabitants gradually moved to the actively developing Antalya and Alanya. The ruins of a theater, an ancient agora and pagan temples, an aqueduct, the remains of a fortress wall of the 3rd century and the ruins of a Byzantine basilica have survived to this day.
The ancient city of Olympos
Another Lycian city located near Kemer. It existed much less than Phaselis - until the 7th century. Numerous Arab raids on these lands contributed to the decline. The ruins of Olympos are poorly preserved. Today, the ancient remains of stone buildings are abundantly overgrown with grass. The main attraction of the surroundings is Mount Yanartash, on the slopes of which fire is constantly burning.
Port of Kemer
The city port is one of the largest marinas on the coast of Turkey. The berth of the marina is designed for several hundred ships. If desired, tourists can rent a boat and go on a boat trip, admire the coastal bays or go fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Along the embankment there are fish restaurants where a variety of seafood is cooked deliciously.
The main street of Kemer, named after the famous Turkish politician and reformer Mustafa Kemal, who stood at the origins of modern Turkey. There is a monument in his honor on the boulevard. The alley consists of three parts. The first is built up with five-star hotels, the second is a promenade from the center to the bus station, the third houses numerous shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and a market.
The tower is almost entirely built of white stone, which gives it a very picturesque look. The building is considered a symbol of Kemer and one of its main attractions. It is located on Ataturk Square. Opposite the tower, singing fountains beat. Once a week, a lively oriental bazaar unfolds here, selling spices, fruits and vegetables. The white spire of the tower against the backdrop of green mountains is a real decoration of the urban landscape.
Leisure and entertainment park on the seashore, where you can just spend time and sunbathe on the best beach of Kemer. On the territory there is a pier for ships, a children's town, a dolphinarium, attractions, concert venues, nightclubs and shops. That is, the creators made sure that visitors were not bored. In "Moonlight" beach holidays are harmoniously combined with active pastime.
The Dolphinarium is located in Moonlight Park. It is very popular with families with children. Shows are held twice a day, dolphins and sea lions are involved in them. Before the start of the program, the audience listens to a short lecture on ecology. During the performance, the animals perform various tricks, which delight the audience. For a fee, you can swim and take pictures with marine life.
Ethnographic park "Yoryuk"
The park is located near Kemer on the green slope of the mountain. It is an illustration of the life and customs of the nomadic Yoruk tribe that inhabited the high plateaus. The name "yoruk" in modern Turkey is used to refer to active and enterprising people. In the ethnopark you can see the traditional life of nomads, try national dishes and watch the work of skilled artisans.
Dinopark is located in the vicinity of Kemer in the village of Goynuk. This popular place is included in many excursions offered by travel companies. However, it is quite possible to get to it on your own. The park is more focused on children. Little visitors enjoy riding dinosaurs, participating in competitions and fun contests, as well as watching entertainment shows organized by skilled animators.
A unique natural park with a large collection of reptiles, located in a picturesque green area near the village of the same name. Rare species of turtles, lizards, pythons and other snakes live here. Some reptiles move calmly across lawns. The park is also proud of its extensive cactus collection, which is constantly updated with new exotic specimens.
Fiery mountain Yanartash
An outstanding natural attraction that has been surprising tourists and researchers for many years. The fact is that flames constantly flare up on the slopes of the mountain as a result of spontaneous combustion of gases coming to the surface. According to ancient Greek legend, the terrible fire-breathing monster Chimera with the head of a lion and the body of a goat languishes in the bowels of the mountain. She was defeated by the mythical hero Bellerophon.
A picturesque natural area equipped with hiking trails and perfectly adapted for outdoor activities. Tourists are given two opportunities - to walk through the park and make a full-fledged hike along the river. In the second case, employees give out special shoes, wetsuits (some sections will have to be overcome by swimming), life jackets and helmets.
Cable car "Olympos Teleferik"
The cable car opened in 2007. It leads to the top of Mount Tahtali, from where a magnificent circular panorama opens. The lower station is located at an altitude of more than 700 meters above sea level, the upper one - at an altitude of more than 2300 meters. The total length of the cable car exceeds 4000 meters, which makes it one of the longest in the world. For an hour, the construction transports about 470 people, the travel time is 10 minutes.
The summit is part of the Western Taurus mountain system and belongs to the Beydaglary ridge. Translated from Turkish, the name of the mountain means "board". Tahtali rises above Kemer and its surroundings, being the dominant feature of the entire landscape. The mountain reaches a height of 2365 meters. It can be climbed on foot, but the most popular way is to get there by the OlymposTeleferik cable car.
Cape and lighthouse Gelidonia
The cape is located 60 km from Kemer. This is a fantastically beautiful place with classic Mediterranean nature. The rocky coast here is covered with pine groves and heather thickets; a chain of small islands stretches along the coastline. In 1936, a nine-meter lighthouse was built on the cape, which has been monitored by a Turkish family for more than 80 years. This craft is passed down from generation to generation.