There aren't many places where you can browse Greco-Roman ruins, sunbathe on pebble beaches and witness mythical rock formations all in one place like you can in Kemer. A seaside resort in Turkey's Antalya area, this city is based 42 kilometres south of Antalya and it thrives on tourism. The modern marina is a point of interest, with the majority of cafés, shops, restaurants and hotels lining the waterfront.
Notice how the river that flows through the city looks just like a belt. This is one of the things that hasn’t changed in the 20 years since it grew from a Mediterranean village merely made up of orange groves and two and three-storey townhouses. Don't be put off by the rise in modern tourism though, because located nearby is Phaselis, which was founded in the 4th-century BC!
A 72-kilometre drive from Antalya city will take you to Manavgat. The journey to this beautiful town in Turkey will be more than worth it, since it boasts a waterfall and flourishing surroundings. Teeming with wildlife, the town offers more than just sightseeing at the waterfalls. Nearby is the Temple of Apollo, Side Museum, the ruins of an ancient Greek amphitheatre and a monumental fountain known as Nymphaeum. With so much to see, Manavgat is definitely a place to include during your stay in Kemer.
You can access Olympos by minibus from Kemer and enjoy the scenic surroundings as you anticipate this amazing site. The distance from the Antalya area is around 50-60 kilometres. Kumluca is located to the south and Kemer to the north, a day can be well-spent sightseeing in some of Antalya's most picturesque towns. Hostels and guesthouses are located around the town of Olympos, but you don't have to be involved in the backpacker scene to enjoy your time here. Aside from the spectacular scenery, visitors are captivated by this location, due to the fact the only way of accessing the local beach is by passing through the ruins of Olympos.
The ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Side are a stark contrast to the flawless white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters that lap up onto the ancient port city's shore. A classical city with a Roman bath complex that was once used as an area for socialising back in the Roman era, this unique site is a beach lover's paradise since it is known for its long expanse of coastline. A trip to Side Museum is worthwhile if you are interested in learning about the area's past, the site also boasts a 2nd-century theatre.
Museum Atatürk's House Museum
Established in 1986, Atatürk's House Museum welcomes over 80,000 visitors annually. Find out why, as you step foot inside the two-story replica house, which was turned into a house museum after the Ministry of Culture and Tourism took control in 1984. The museum was founded in honour of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's visits to the city. On the first floor, you will find a broad selection of documents, photos, and newspapers on display, all of which relate to Atatürk's visits between 1930 and 1935. Inspect the postage stamps, coins and banknotes too since they cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Aktur Lunar Park
You will either see the lights of Aktur Park or hear the high-pitched screams of excitement before you actually approach the amusement park, which can be found in the Antalya region. Entry is free and the atmosphere is carnival-like, making this attraction suitable for the kids. Although most rides are suitable for the whole family to enjoy, others may have height restrictions, or require a little bit of courage! The number of tokens you purchase after entering Aktur Lunar Park determines how many rides you can conquer.
If you want to stay active during your trip to the Antalya area, head to the National Park known as Koprulu Canyon. This naturally carved environment is a blend of lush green foliage, white stone cliffs and waters so clear that you can see the underwater world without goggles! Canyoning, trekking, and white-water rafting are a few of the most popular activities at this established National Park, which covers 366 square kilometres.
Should you be on the hunt for beaches with crystal clear waters and golden sand, Kemer is the place to go. Cirali beach and Adrasan beach are located a short distance from the marina, as is Phaselis beach and Olympos beach. Moonlight Beach is concealed just behind Kemer marina and it is one of the most popular beaches in the area. Watersports facilities are available at most Kemer beaches. Surrounded by natural settings, the water is generally quite shallow and fine for children to paddle in.
Although you will have the option of tucking into a wide range of delicacies during your time spent in the Antalya area, it would be a shame not to tuck into a real "Turkish delight". Kemer restaurants will lure in hungry customers with chef specialities, like Köfte (stewed or sandwiched ground beef or lamb) and Pide (spinach, cheese or minced meat topped flatbread), which is Turkey's version of pizza.
Dining in Kemer will not be boring because the area boasts its fair share of fine dining establishments, casual cafes, and lunch spots. The range of restaurants is diverse, as are the menu options. For fresh seafood plucked directly from the Mediterranean ocean, dine at Selale Restaurant, Forellenhof Goynuk Fish & Steak House, Karakus Restaurant, or Harbour Restaurant. Alternatively, fill up on Turkish and European delicacies at Seasons Restaurant, Cekmen, or Monte Lara Restaurant. For the best barbequed food, reserve a table at Pasa Kebap Salonu or Panorama Restaurant.
Everybody needs a break beside the seaside now and again. With Kemer's favourable year-round temperatures, large marina, and Greco-Roman ruins, it's the perfect destination to visit with easyJet holidays. Get in touch with our friendly team of travel professionals today and we will discount the price of your holiday if you book a flight and hotel at the same time!