Things to Know about Kemer Antalya

Knowing about Kemer

Kemer town, one of Turkey's most important tourism centers, located on the Mediterranean coast, is 50 km far from Antalya airport.

With its blue flag beach, clean air, ancient cities, pine forests and lively nightlife, Kemer, which is 40 kilometers away from Antalya, is a frequent holiday destination for thousands of holidaymakers.

Welcoming countless guests from any countries, especially in the summer months, Kemer is among the popular holiday destinations worth exploring. 

Kemer, built on the coastline at the foot of the Western Taurus Mountains, is 53,483 square kilometers. According to 2017 data, an average of 43000 people live in Kemer. Also The number of foreigners who have settled in Kemer has increased in recent years.

In Kemer, where the Mediterranean climate is dominant, summers are extremely hot and dry, and winters are warm and rainy. In Kemer, with an average of 300 days of the year, you can swim in the sea.

Thanks to its climate feature, the history of Kemer, which can be visited not only in the summer but also in the spring and winter, is quite old. District history dates back to 690 BC. The establishment of Phaselis ancient city, which is 15 kilometers away from Kemer, is based on this date. The ruins of Phaselis, which was known as an important port city in the past, can be visited today (Daily boat trips gives break at the Phaselis bay).

The settlement in Kemer, which came under the domination of the Turks in the 12th century, started in 1910. The town was known as Eski Köy (means old village in Turkish) in those years was later named Kemer.

Kemer, which could only be reached by sea until the 1960s, was started to develop rapidly since the 1980s with the construction of road and infrastructure projects within the scope of the Southern Antalya tourism project.

Kemer, which was a ordinary town in 1986, gained district status in 1991 and made great progress in terms of tourism. Today, this wonderful town, with 52 kilometers of coastline and is Turkey's leading tourism paradise with spectacular hotel offering worldwide.

Tourism in Kemer Turkey

Until the 1980s, Kemer's main livelihood was agriculture and animal husbandry. Some of the local people living with pomegranate cultivation and greenhouse are still engaged in agriculture.

With the beginning of the revival of tourism, the economy of Kemer has been largely based on tourism since the 90's. More than 100 hotels serve in the district.

One of the aspects that make Kemer attractive is the easy transportation. Whether domestic or foreign tourists can reach Antalya Airport by direct flight and they can come to Kemer after approximately 1 hour journey.

There are also regular sea bus services from ancient marina in Antalya to Kemer. For those who want to come by land, Kemer road offers great views. You can find yourself in Kemer without understanding how time passes while journey along the pine forests. During the summer period, minibus services are available every 10 minutes between Antalya and Kemer.

Tekirova, Çamyuva, Göynük, Beldibi towns and Kemer are in demand for four seasons of the year.

You can take a day trip to Göynük and Beldibi from Antalya or Kemer and you can spend your day accompanied with sea, mountain and forest views, or you can relieve city stress by staying for a few days there. There are many hotels for every budget in Beldibi and Göynük. 

Çamyuva touristic resort located 7 kilometers away from Kemer town center, it is neighbor to Tahtalı Mountain in the west and Phaselis Antique City in the south. With its virgin nature, beatiful bays and cute houses, Çamyuva is one of the ideal spots for those seeking calmness from the holiday.

Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Tekirova holliday resort stands out with its proximity to Olympos. If you want to decorate your Kemer trip with Olimpos beach, you can stay in Tekirova and visit the daily Olympos.

The number of places to visit in Kemer is quite high. Phaselis Ancient City is one of the most important historical values ​​of Kemer. The ancient city, founded by the Rhodians in the 7th century BC, is 20 minutes away by car from Kemer. After touring Phaselis Ancient City, you can enjoy the sea in Phaselis Bay.

Another ancient city you can visit in Kemer is Idyros. The ancient city of Idyros, which is ten minutes walk from the center of Kemer, was discovered during the excavations carried out by the Antalya Museum in the 1970s.

We also recommend you to visit the Seljuk Hunting Pavilion, which is the only Seljuk building in the region. If you are fond of the view, you can climb Tahtalı Mountain with a cable car and witness unique images. After reaching the departure point (lower station) of the cable car in 30 minutes by car from Kemer, an unforgettable view awaits you there after a 11-minute journey. The cable car serving until 18.00 in the summer and 17.00 in the winter stands out as the longest cable car in Europe. Also sunset watching tours by the summit of Tahtali mountain (2365 mt) is availbale from Kemer.

The number of places to visit in Kemer is quite high. Phaselis Ancient City is one of the most important historical values ​​of Kemer. The ancient city, founded by the Rhodians in the 7th century BC, is 20 minutes away by car from Kemer. After touring Phaselis Ancient City, you can enjoy the sea in Phaselis Bay. Another ancient city you can visit in Kemer is Idyros. The ancient city of Idyros, which is ten minutes walk from the center of Kemer, was discovered during the excavations carried out by the Antalya Museum in the 1970s. We also recommend you to visit the Seljuk Hunting Pavilion, which is the only Seljuk building in the region. If you are fond of the view, you can climb Tahtalı Mountain with a cable car and witness unique images. After reaching the departure point of the cable car in 30 minutes by car from the city center, an unforgettable view awaits you after a 15-minute journey. The cable car serving until 19.00 in the summer and 17.00 in the winter stands out as the longest cable car in Europe.

Holiday activities to do in Kemer

The high mountains surrounding Kemer, and the pine forests reaching out towards the shore in harmony and meeting the blue waters are the unique beauties of Kemer. Kemer has beauties that cause a pleasant habit for its visitors. Kemer is the pearl of Antalya.

You can take a wonderful full-day boat tour in Kemer. Tour boats leave from Kemer marina at 09:30 in the morning and go to Phaselis Bay. On this very enjoyable tour, swimming breaks are given in wonderful bays. The tour ends at the Kemer marina at 15:30.

We highly recommend you to spend a day on a boat tour in Kemer, which is admired for its brilliant sea. Üç Adalar, Phaselis Bay, Ayışığı Bay, Maden Bay, Cleopatra Bay and Çıralı Beach are among the bays you need to see around Kemer. In addition to swimming in Kemer beaches, you can also participate in different activities. You can add excitement to your travel and spend moments full of adrenaline in Kemer beaches, which are very rich in water sports. With its historical and natural beauties, you can visit Kemer for four seasons and have an unforgettable holiday experience.

Before you start sunbathing in Kemer, it would be good to experience the scrub and foam massage in the Turkish bath to prepare your skin for a good sunbathing. Health and wellness massage and bath in Kemer Turkish bath takes approximately 2 hours. Pick-up and drop-off services from hotels at certain times during the day are included in the price. Visit the web page of Turkish bath in Kemer.

In Kemer, it is recommended to take the cable car to the summit of Tahtalı Mountain (altitude 2365 meters) and look at the wonderful 360-degree views from the summit. With a large and extremely safe modern cable car cabin, the cable car journey takes approximately 11 minutes from the lower station to the summit of Tahtalı mountain. The lower station is about 20 km from Kemer. The tour price includes pick-up and drop-off from all Kemer hotels (09:30 in the morning and 13:00 in the afternoon) and two-way cable car tickets. Visit the Web page for cable car ride to Tahtali mountain.

Spend an unforgettable day in magnificent natural and local environments with a Jeep safari tour in the western Taurus mountains surrounding Kemer. Kemer jeep safari tour starts at 09:00 in the morning and ends at 17:30. Off-road vehicles are driven by drivers who know the area.

From Kemer, you can join the Pamukkale tour, which is organized every day in the summer, and see the very interesting Pamukkale travertines. If you wish, you can also swim in the Cleopatra pool in Pamukkale. In the guided daily Pamukkale tour from Kemer, pick-up and drop-off service from all hotels in the Kemer region is included in the tour price. In addition, the tour price includes the entrance fee to the ancient site of Hierapolis, which includes Pamukkale travertines. The departure times from Kemer for Pamukkale tour are very early in the morning (04:00 - 04:30). It's worth it to see Pamukkale! Get more information about Pamukkale trip from Kemer.

You can join guided tours from Kemer with accommodation for 1 night and 2 nights to see the wonder of the world, Cappadocia with its landforms, rock formations, underground cities and romantic valleys. 2-day and 3-day Cappadocia tour is possible from Kemer. For the 2-day Cappadocia tour, the tour departure from Kemer region is quite early (02:00 - 02:30). The 3-day Cappadocia tour departs from Kemer between 04:30 and 05:00. Hotel accommodation, tour guide service and Göreme open air museum entrance fee are included in the tour price for both tours. For 3 day trip from Kemer to Cappadocia click here to get more information. And click here for 2 day trip to Cappadocia from Kemer.

You can also book the world-famous hot air balloon in Cappadocia tour through the tour guide on the day of the tour.

With a daily Antalya city tour from Kemer, you can see the interesting beauties of the city of Antalya, such as the Düden waterfall, the historical city of Antalya and the ancient marina.

You can spend a very fun day by participating in a rafting tour from Kemer. Every day, over a thousand participants from the whole Antalya region (from Kemer to Alanya) book the rafting tour organized on the Köprülü Canyon river in the Beşkonak region of Antalya to spend a pleasant and enjoyable day. Lunch by the river is included in the tour price. For rafting tour from Kemer click here.

Atv Quad safari and Buggy safari tours in Kemer are very entertaining. Kemer's terrain is very suitable for a fun and moderate adventure activity with Atv Quad and Buggy safari tours. You will have a very enjoyable time on the safari route, which lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

And Istanbul!

You can see this uniquely beautiful world city by joining a daily tour of Istanbul from Kemer (round trip by plane). You must see Istanbul!

You can also join scuba diving tours in Kemer and have your first underwater experience in the crystal clear waters of Kemer. Scuba diving tours by boat leave Kemer marina at 09:30 in the morning and end at 15:30. 2 dives are made with a short theoretical and practical training with expert scuba diving officers. All equipment is available on the boat. Lunch is served on the boat. Pick-up from all hotels in Kemer, all diving equipment, theoretical and practical diving training, 2 dives and lunch on board are included in the price.

You can join the Jerusalem tours organized from Antalya during the season from Kemer. Join the guided tours of Jerusalem with a round-trip flight from Antalya airport and see this unique city. There is no transfer service from hotels for Jerusalem tours, the meeting takes place at Antalya airport.

Yanartaş (Chimera) and Olympos tour from Kemer

The tour starts from Kemer at 15:00 and is done with off-road vehicles. In the evening, see the eternal fire Chimera and visit the ancient city of Olympos. All entrance fees and Dinner are included.

Located on the Lycian Way, Kemer offers great opportunities for trekking. You should definitely experience one of the extraordinarily beautiful Lycian mountain hiking routes. Easy and difficult routes are available for all ages.

How to get from Kemer to Antalya?

If you want to go from Kemer to Antalya on your own, except for a daily tour, the options are as follows:
1- By Yellow Taxi (estimated price 40€ one way)
2- With public buses that make transportation between Antalya and Kemer from the Kemer intercity bus terminal (every 15 minutes in the season - infrequently in the winter season). In addition, buses pass every 5-10 minutes on the main road around Kemer and take passengers from every point (25 Turkish lira per person).
3- By renting a car (35€ per day + fuel)

You can go anywhere you want in Antalya by taxi and car rental, but you can go to Antalya main bus station by public bus and from there to the city center (Cumhuriyet square, Kaleiçi and the ancient marina), by city bus, by taxi (50/60 Turkish lira - 12 minutes) or by taxi. You can also go by Dolmus (5 Turkish Lira per person - 40 minutes). It is a bit far from the main bus station to the city center but it is possible to walk (Distance 9 km)

You can reach the city center (Cumhuriyet square and the ancient marina) with the TC16 and TC16A city buses from the main bus terminal (it takes an estimated 40 minutes). The price per person is 4 Turkish Liras (November 2021).

Is private airport transfer possible from Antalya airport to Kemer region, how much does it cost?

Yes it is possible. Private airport transfer price from Antalya airport to Kemer is 25€ for up to 5 people. This price is the vehicle price for one way, not per person. Click here for online reservation.

Have a good holiday in Kemer!

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