Kemer sights and attractions
In the review below – Kemer sights with photos and descriptions, a map in Russian, selections, what to see on their own, where to go in the surrounding area and where to relax with children.
The main attractions of Kemer are the waterfront, the port, green landscaped parks and the central promenade with a fountain.
It may seem that there are not many places for the inquisitive tourist in the resort, but do not forget about the neighborhood, rich in viewing platforms with breathtaking views, mountains, other natural attractions and archaeological sites-cities in the open air.
All attractions, entertainment tours and informative excursions are available for tourists in summer and during the “velvet season”. However, rest in Kemer in the low season may be much more interesting: in the cooler weather is easier to endure long walks and trips out of town, and having a rental car or a bike, you can have time to visit all the ancient cities and viewpoints in the vicinity, enjoy deserted sunsets and sunrises in the most picturesque places.
There is in Kemer and an interesting diving spot – the sunken ship “Paris” of the First World War in the water just 500 meters from the port of Kemer. The sea depth in this place is about 30 meters, and when diving you can find shells and cartridges, even get into the open holds and see the sunken ship from the inside.
List of attractions in Kemer
The ancient city of Faselis is located 13 km south of Kemer and is one of the main tourist attractions.
Tahtali Mountain is the most prominent peak of the Turkish Mediterranean. It can be seen from almost anywhere on the coast.
Goynük Canyon (Goynük) is located near the resort town of the same name, which is located in .
Kemer with its long beaches, pine forests, coastal mountains and picturesque sea bays has long been transformed.
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Kemer attractions overview: top 20
Places to see in Kemer first, including neighborhood attractions available with guided tours and for independent tourists.
The magnificent yacht port is not only the main marina of the resort, but also a real jewel of it. It’s a delight to stroll along the shores of the Kemer marina at virtually any time of day, except in the heat of the afternoon – in fact it’s the resort’s main promenade. In the evening and at night, the coast is beautifully illuminated.
The main harbor area is located between the beach of the Pegasos Hotel and the Yorük Ethnopark.
Kemer’s main street Ataturk Boulevard begins at the northern (main) entrance to the city, runs through the center and rounds off at the southern edge as Ataturk Street.
Every tourist comes to Ataturk Boulevard during a holiday in Kemer, and not only because of its length. The central street has restaurants, cafes, souvenir stores and places of interest such as the monument to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the fountain in front of it, the clock tower and a mosque a little further.
The white clock tower in the center of Kemer, near Ataturk Boulevard is one of the main landmarks for tourists and an undeniable architectural symbol of Kemer.
The elegant white tower in Kemer is worth seeing at least twice: see the details in the morning or afternoon and return to it in the evening for the illumination and romantic atmosphere.
The Kemer Dolphinarium in Ayışığı Park is one of the most popular attractions in the resort, where you can go with children. Shows are frequent during the season, with an average duration of 50 minutes. In peak season, it is better to buy tickets in advance rather than just before the show.
You can also get acquainted with dolphins closer: for a fee you can swim in the pool with sea artists.
The Ayshigy (“Moonlight”) recreational park is located near Kemer port, between the open-air museum complex Yoryuk and the ruins of ancient Idiros.
The park has many picturesque locations, a dolphinarium and water park, a children’s club, rides, summer cafes and restaurants. The park adjoins the beach in the southern part of the Kemer bay and forms an ideal resort tandem with it: you can sunbathe or rest in the shade.
The DoluSu Aquapark in Kemer opens from the beginning of the beach and resort season until the end of September. Water amusement center is notable for the variety of attractions: there are 32 of them on the territory, of which 17 – extreme and family attractions for adults and teens. For the youngest DoluSu has 9 water rides.
In addition to slides on the territory there is a wave pool, play area, aquariums, dolphinarium with daily shows.
Yoriuk Ethnographic Park
There are several variants in Russian: Yoruk, Yoruk, Yoruk – and on the map of Kemer, look for Folklorik Yörük Parkı – a park on a promontory that begins just behind the eastern part of the Kemer yacht port.
It is interesting with its wooden street constructions and reconstructed historical scenes from everyday life in the wooden huts that have been built in the park.
Mustafa Gul Mosque
The beautiful mosque surrounded by trees is located at the entrance to Kemer from the Antalya side – opposite the Ataturk Boulevard ring.
Not much is known about the mosque, and even in Turkish sources it is rarely mentioned, but the well-kept area and the view of the mosque, southern plants and mountains attract photographers every season.
The Ancient City of Idiros and the Viewpoint
The ancient ruins are located on the outskirts of Kemer, it is easy to reach them on foot, or better yet, climb to the top of the complex.
Antique structures in the ancient stones are hardly recognizable, much more impressive is the opening view of Kemer and its bay.
The Dinopark in Kemer is located not in the city, but in the nearest resort village Goynuk, 10 km from the center of Kemer, and it is even possible to get there by local dolmush.
In the open-air dinopark there are detailed figures of the most famous fossil reptiles, for children there is an archeological sandpit. There are also other attractions: planetarium, 7D-cinema, rock climbing wall, trampoline, mini-zoo, children’s workshop.
A natural attraction with a catchy tourist name – the Pirate’s Cave – is a place actually worth seeing and visiting. The grotto can only be seen from the sea, and it is offered to get to it with guided tours.
Associated with the cave is the story of the pirates who hid treasure in it. And now the grotto is interesting by the play of light on the walls, besides the water in it is transparent with a turquoise sheen.
The Holiday Area Eco Dream Club Sea Resort (formerly Naturland Vacation Club In Eco Park Aqua Resort) is located within walking distance of the existing hotels in Chamyuva, and it is their guests who most often explore the territory of “Naturland” – as the name of the hotel is usually abbreviated.
The area of the territory is not small – about 140 thousand square meters. Look no longer operating funicular and waterfall, children’s railroad, sculptures of animals and models of giant stumps, Noah’s Ark and the former water park.
The Ancient City of Phaselis
The ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Fazelis are only a 14 km drive from the center of Kemer, on a small peninsula on the road to Tekirova. The closer you get to the ancient ruins, the more picturesque the route becomes: the road goes through a natural park, surrounded by pine and cedar trees. You can also get to Fazelis from Kemer by sea.
Remained sights in the territory of Faselis: amphitheater, aqueduct, ruins of three agora and basilica, temples of Athena Pallada and Hermes.
Sight for extreme people, 15 km from Kemer, is an impressive canyon with smooth, polished rocks from the Göyinkük mountain river. The height of the rocks on the sides of the gorge reaches 350 meters, the canyon is narrow – up to 6 meters – and stretches almost 14 km.
Visit Goynjuk lovers of canyoning – certainly in life jackets and special shoes, overcoming obstacles on the route and admiring the views. Surprised and the color of rocks: you can distinguish the different layers of sediment in the broadest range of colors – from light to almost black rocks, shades of red and green.
Tahtalıdag or Olympos is the main and the most accessible tourist attraction of the Beydaglar Sahil National Park, which is not far from Kemer: about 18 km from the resort center to the lower station of the cable car.
The height of Mount Tahtalı relative to sea level is 2365 meters, it is the dominant peak of the ridge Beidaglar, well visible from the sea as well. Therefore, unsurprisingly, it offers breathtaking views not only of the national park and the Gulf of Antalya, but also the resort surroundings.
Olympos Teleferik cable car
The cable car that leads to the top of Tahtali Mountain is a separate attraction as you have to be very careful not to miss the changes in scenery and take photos from different heights as you go up.
The cable car to Olympos/Tahtali opened in 2007. Its lower station is located at an altitude of 726 meters above sea level, and the top station at 2365 meters. It works all year round.
The ancient city of Olympos
The route from Kemer to the ruins of ancient Olympos is nearly 40 km, passing through the resort village of Cirali. Situated in a gorge, the ancient city, just like Phaselis, was sacked by pirates more than once and was abandoned by the Byzantine Empire.
Nature has taken its toll on Olympos, the city is heavily overgrown and much worse preserved than the ancient cities in the mountains and open spaces. The area is only partially recognizable with the ruins of a Roman church, a waterworks, a necropolis, an ancient theater and the largest building of the former city, the bishopric.
Yanartas Fire Mountain
An unusual sight just 32 kilometers from the center of Kemer is the “fire mountain” above the resort village of Cirali. The small mountain is often attributed mystical properties, including the name Chimera, but the permanent fire at its top is formed quite naturally – when natural gas escapes.
There is a path carved in the rock that leads to the peak. Even though the route is not easy, it is recommended to climb the mountain at dusk to see the amazing natural phenomenon in all its glory.
Cape and Lighthouse of Helidonia
One of the main attractions on the Lycian Trail trekking route is a beautiful cape with a lighthouse that blends seamlessly into the landscape. The cape overlooks five islands and is worth lingering here for a few pictures, especially the “golden” hours in the morning and evening.
Despite the calming view, the place is known for a few tragic stories: because of the currents at the cape repeatedly happened shipwrecks.
Suluada Island (Turkish Maldives)
During the holiday season in recent years, an excursion from Kemer to Suluada Island has become especially popular. The place is advertised as the “Turkish Maldives”, and the views really live up to expectations and such a loud comparison: a small rocky island of volcanic origin – uninhabited, and its shores, combined with turquoise water look alluring not only in photos, but also “in person”.
The way to Suluada from Kemer is more than 50 km, part of the way by land transport to the port of Adrasan, where the cruise ships depart.
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What to see in Kemer by yourself
Kemer is a port city with history, and its Marina is the place to start your sightseeing tour. Up to 300 yachts are moored at a time in the waters of Kemer, and the view of them, combined with the mountains and the blue waters of the town is really worth it to stay for a photo session or a cup of tea in any of the sky-board cafes. One of the port’s iconic landmarks is the Anchor Monument.
Separate mention deserves Kemer parks within walking distance from the port – they are so thought-out for recreation that here you can find both unity with nature, and attractions with animation program, and very near – beaches.
Do not limit yourself to the coast and neglect the central residential part of the resort. It is pleasant and interesting to walk along Ataturk Avenue. The main street of the resort has several important landmarks, the most famous of which is, of course, the monument to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s first president and a key figure in the history of the Turkish state. Next to it is the “Rain of Love” fountain, perhaps the most popular tourist fountain in Kemer. Both monuments are located in the wide pedestrian part of the boulevard, Ataturk Square, and the composition is completed by the White Tower, also known as the Clock Tower, a 2006 relic that nevertheless has become the unofficial and most photographed symbol of Kemer.
On Tuesdays, there is a vegetable market on the boulevard, and to find the main promenade virtually deserted, it is better to go for a walk in the morning.
At the roundabout in the center of Ataturk Boulevard it is worth turning down to the shore, to the pedestrian street Munir Ozkul Liman. Its length is only 500 meters, but the street is good with an abundance of greenery and sculptures, a variety of stores, cafes and souvenir shops.
Attractions in the neighborhood
A top and consistently impressive itinerary – whether with a group or on your own – is a trip to the Olympos Beidaglary National Park for the natural vistas, panoramas, and artifacts of the ancient city of Olympos. The ruins of Olympos are situated 25 km from Kemer, at the foot of Tahtali Mountain. Since 2007 the Olympos Teleferik cableway over 4 km long is functioning, an excellent attraction for all lovers of mountains and ski elevators. The national park territory also includes the village of Cirali – 35 km from Kemer, a particularly remarkable local beach – a reserve for caretta turtles, which have chosen it to lay their eggs. If you come to Cirali, do not miss the fire mountain Yanartas – on this mountain you can see constant flames among the stones: the natural gas rising from the depths is ignited, but the legends about the mystical origin of the fire are certainly more interesting for many people.
The ancient city of Fazelis, 16 km south of Kemer, remains for most tourists even more attractive than Olympos or both places are visited as part of a comprehensive tour. On the territory partially preserved amphitheater, baths, aqueduct, the temple of Athena.
Resort village Chamyuva, adjacent to Kemer from the south, is interesting with a large water park, but not everyone knows about the unusual stalker object – the abandoned hotel Naturland.
Expanding the boundaries of the study of Kemer, you can go to the ancient city of Mira (aka Demre, a distance of almost 100 km). This ancient complex with tombs and amphitheaters is located near the modern city of Demre. On the way to Demre, if time permits, we stop at Cape Helidonia, famous for its views of the lighthouse and five rocky islands.
A non-trivial route with a minimal chance of meeting crowds of tourists (unlike Fazelis and Olympos) is to go to the ancient Termessos. Even the direction is non-standard – not south or west as to most destinations, but strictly north, almost 70 km. What to see: the ruins of the temples of Artemis, Zeus and Hera, tombs, Hadrian’s Gate and the ancient theater.
Ancient cities are all alike, and it is worth including more natural sites for a change. An inspiring attraction created by nature is Göyinkük Canyon, just 13 km from Kemer. The canyon has white cliffs and bright white-blue water – tourists often compare what they see to the colors and texture of Pamukkale’s travertines.
With sea excursions from Kemer it will be possible to visit the Cave of Pirates and the legendary “Turtle Island” or “Island of unfaithful wives”.
In Kemer you can rent a bicycle, bike or car. Or use public transport – local buses will take you to the top attractions.
White Tower Chamyuva Canyon Göyinkük Mountain Tahtaly Clock Tower Turtle Island Center of Kemer
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A convenient place for recreation and entertainment, shopping and travel. Many facilities are not difficult to reach by dolmusha or cab. Antalya Airport is 55 km away.
The main attraction of the city and the main point of reference for excursions)) It is nice both in the daytime and in the evening. There is a restaurant, I don’t know the menu, but I have not come inside. Before the tower dancing fountains, which is nice to freshen up on the way to the hotel or on tours) There are souvenir stores, where else without them)))
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There are many four and five-star hotels, which can satisfy even the most demanding fans of summer holidays. The resort is small, and therefore quiet and comfortable. The clear azure sea is framed by massive mountains, on which grow in abundance oleanders and orange trees. Tourists who appreciate interesting excursions will be happy to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Fazelis. Unique experience awaits fans of night swimming – sea plankton in the dark glows with myriads of bizarre lights, creating a truly fantastic atmosphere.
Of course, the attention of tourists are numerous cafes and restaurants, as well as souvenir stores. It takes no more than 40 minutes by bus from Antalya Airport.
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Goynük Canyon is six meters wide and 350 meters high. It is 14 kilometers long and ends up in the steep cliffs of Bedaglar. It is not an easy walk, so you should not expect to spend more than two hours here. The longer walk will be harder.
Some part of the road through the canyon is in shallow water, so tourists are advised to wear comfortable shoes, which can be wet and take with a swimsuit.
Located near the popular resort village of Goynuk in the Kemer region. Translated Goyinka from Etruscan, as “fertile valley in the place of sky-blue joint. This place is actually one of the most picturesque along the whole coast.
Tahtali or Olympus Mountain is the landmark of Kemer, and its peak is the highest point of the whole Olympus Baydaglar National Park. In Russian Tahtali means “boardwalk”. Its height is just over 2300 meters.
Tahtaly can be seen from any point of the city, you can also observe it from the open sea, which serves as a landmark for sailors. From autumn to spring the mountain is covered with snow. During the winds blowing from the Sahara (usually in the spring), the sand that blows on the mountain turns it purple. The foothills and upper part of the mountain are rich in vegetation, while the top is solid rock.
Sometimes there are flashes of fire on the mountain, and there are many legends about Tahtali. So, the ancient Greek poet Homer, in his poem, tells of Chimaera (which gave her the name of the city of Chimaera), who tried to kill Bellerophonte (the hero of the Iliad). The monster managed to escape, but fearing another encounter with the warrior, she settled inside the mountain, spewing fire from under the ground. Today it is proven that fire is a natural gas that flares up at the surface of the earth.
The clock tower, built entirely of white stone, is located on the square named after Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. In fact, it is one of the main symbols and attractions of Kemer. It is especially atmospheric in the evening when it is illuminated and the lights are switched on to bring out its silhouette and create a romantic atmosphere.
There are dancing fountains in front of the Clock Tower, and on Tuesdays there’s a buzzing market. Locals sell fruits, vegetables, and spices. And from the central intercity bus station nearby you can go to nearby towns and Antalya.
This place is called Turtle Island or the island of unfaithful wives. Turtle – because it looks like a turtle with a small head and a huge shell. And the island of unfaithful wives – because legend has it that unfaithful wives were exiled to this place and they soon became so numerous that the island collapsed, they all fell and drowned and got what they deserved. And there are no unfaithful husbands in Islam.
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The center of Kemer
Kemer is a resort city on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and the center of the district of the same name in Antalya. It is located in the historical area – Lycia, by the sea, on the slope of the Taurus Mountains. Since the 90s of the 20th century, the city has become one of the largest centers of tourism.
The center of Kemer has its main attractions and many hotels. Ataturk Boulevard, the main street of the center of Kemer, there is a bazaar on Tuesdays, where they sell local fruits, vegetables and spices. There is also a central station for intercity buses that take you to Antalya and other nearby towns and villages. On this street is a monument to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Next to it stands a white stone clock tower, which is a symbol of the city. Near the monument you can admire the dancing fountains.
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