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Situated in the Antalya region of Turkey, Kemer is a charming seaside resort on the country's Mediterranean coast. The region enjoys excellent year round weather, with hot, dry summers and mild winters and the Mediterranean water is warm and clear, making this a lovely spot for a beach holiday. One of the main attractions of a holiday in Kemer is the town's natural beauty, which combines mountains, coast and lush pine forests. Tourism has become increasingly important to Kemer's local economy in recent years and the resort has developed in line with increasing demand to ensure that the needs of tourists are well served by modern facilities and services. Despite the rise in visitor numbers, Kemer remains a peaceful and laid back resort, where visitors can really relax and enjoy the scenery at their own pace.
One of the main attractions of Kemer is its seaside location and undoubtedly visiting the beach is a must for any tourist. The main beach is a long, shingle stretch dotted with restaurants and cafes and offering stunning views across the distant pine clad mountains. The pretty Moonlight Bay is another popular Kemer beach and here you will find a welcoming crescent of sand and pebbles against a backdrop of lush, green pines. Moonlight Bay offers a wide range of water sport activities to keep you active. Try your hand at water skiing or rafting for an exhilarating way to cool down. For a more secluded beach experience, why not take a drive along the coast and look out for one of the many isolated coves and inlets along the way?
For those that enjoy a spot of retail therapy, Kemer will not disappoint, with its interesting mix of stylish boutiques, souvenir stores and traditional leather and jewellery shops. For the serious shopper, a trip to the nearby city of Antalya is highly recommended. Turkey is an ancient country with a fascinating past and visitors keen on exploring the history of the Kemer area will find plenty to interest them. Two historical ruins of particular note are Phaselis and Olympos, situated close to each other around two hours from the town. The ruins at Phaselis date back to the 6th century BC and enjoy a spectacular setting on a peninsula at the base of Mount Tahtali. The ancient city of Olympos lies to the south of Mount Tahtali and commands stunning views across the area.
The nearby Taurus Mountains provide some fantastic hiking routes for self-guided or organised walking excursions. There are several nature parks in the area with plenty of well-marked hiking trails. For the less energetic, the mountains can also be explored by jeep safari and several local operators organise tourist excursions. Full day trips including lunch and a local guide can be arranged in the resort centre.
In the busiest months from May to September, the resort of Kemer can become quite lively in the evenings and there is enough variety to suit most tastes and budgets. The restaurant scene is well developed, with everything from traditional Turkish delicacies to global cuisine. The area around the marina is popular with tourists and this is a good place to go to begin your evening. Try to sample at least one or two local dishes during your visit, such as a meze platter and some succulent kebabs or fish dishes. Common Turkish desserts include lokma and sutlac, both of which are well worth leaving your room for.
For those that like to stay out a little later, you can find everything from traditional Turkish taverns to contemporary clubs playing the latest tunes in Kemer. The resort centre really comes alive at night so ask around to find out where the locals will be partying. A traditional alcoholic drink in the area is raki, although the usual selection of wines, beers and spirits will also be available.
Most visitors to Kemer will fly into Antalya airport, the country's hub for beach visitors. Direct flights to Antalya are available from many European and UK airports, making it straightforward for visitors to get straight to the beach on arrival. Kemer is situated around 45 kilometres from the airport and transfers are easy to arrange either prior to travel or on arrival. If you intend to explore this area of Turkey more extensively, it may be a good idea to rent a car for all or part of your trip and this can be arranged at the airport or in Kemer itself. Travelling around the area is relatively simple, with most road signs in English, but do remember that driving is on the right in Turkey.
There are a number of nearby towns and attractions worth visiting during your stay in Kemer and exploring the region will really allow you to understand more of the culture and history of the places you see along the way. Popular excursions include Myra, which lies between Finike and Kas. Once a coastal city, the build-up of silt from the Demre river has left Myra far from the sea. The amphitheatre, St. Nicholas Church and tombs are well worth a visit. The Beldibi Cave is another local attraction and makes an interesting trip for history buffs, as a variety of Mesolithic relics have been found here. No matter how active or relaxing you wish your holiday to be, Kemer is an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful corner of Turkey.