Kemer: the jewel in Turkey’s Mediterranean crown

25th Mar 2013

Turkey has firmly established itself as a massive holiday favourite among Europeans with its mix of cultures, gorgeous food and surprising affordability. Istanbul, the sprawling metropolis dissected by the dramatic Bosphorus strait, is one of the world’s most alluring and storied cities but Turkey’s beach resorts exact a pull of their own, offering great weather and relaxation.

One of Turkey’s premier beach resorts is Kemer, the town on the Mediterranean coast of Antalya Province. Set at the foot of the gorgeous Taurus Mountain, this beautiful coastal town has become a favourite retreat for both Turks and European tourists enticed by natural splendour and an authentic Turkish experience on the shores of the Med.

Things to do and See

The ancient city of Phaselis is a magical place that allows you to look back into the area’s coloured past. Situated within walking distance from Kemer, you can explore the ruins and surrounding nature. Be sure to visit the theatre, used hundreds of years ago to entertain up to 1,500 people. There you’ll be treated to wonderful views of the surround countryside and awe inspiring mountains.

Olympos Teleferik
This cablecar whisks visitors up Tahtali Mountain, which towers 2,365m above the town. The views from the top are simply stunning, granting vistas of the whole Gulf of Antalya on a clear day. Tickets can be pricey if bought from tour operators but cheaper ones can be sourced near the bus station. Kemer offers the joys of both a beach holiday and a break in the mountain air, and the Teleferik is the best way to experience both.

Go diving
The clear crystalline waters of the region are perfect for those wanting to explore underwater. One of the most exciting things you can do on your trip is visit the wreckage of the Paris II, a warship from WW1. This 50 meter long ship is a great attraction for tourists wanting to see something a bit different during their travels

Mount Tahtali
Located not far from Kemer is the mighty mount Tahtali, the closest mountain to the coastline. Visitors can take a cable car up the mountain, where you’ll be treated to incredible panoramic views of the surrounding Mountains, seas and forests.

Where to stay
Being one of Turkey’s holiday hotspots, Kemer has a wide array of accommodation options for all kinds of budgets, from rented apartments to luxury 5 star resorts. If you’re after an all-inclusive holiday of a lifetime, be sure to visit Kemer holiday resort in Turkey with Club Med. You’ll have access to a wide range of leisure and sports facilities as well as incredible bars and restaurants serving local delicacies.

When’s the best time to visit?
Kemer enjoys a long hot summer, beginning in late April and dying down mid October. The high season is inevitably between June and September so bear this in mind when booking holidays.


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