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Published February 20th 2020
A confluence of ancient cultures, stunning seas, buzzing cities, and majestic mountains Turkey is a country with numerous travel offerings. Seasoned travellers, however, are going beyond Istanbul and heading southwards to Antalya's Kemer for new adventures.
Kemer is a seaside town located in the Antalya province of the Turkish Riviera. With stunning coastlines and a vibrant social and cultural life, Kemer has become a favourite with tourists who keep coming back.
Tourists love the place so much, that many have bought properties in Kemer through local companies like Tolerance Homes, Antalya Homes and Property Kemer and made it home. If you are curious about what makes Kemer a good tourist destination, here is a list of reasons why:
Unexplored Mediterranean coastline Miles of unexplored coastline and pristine beaches make Kemer the ideal location from which to explore the Turkish Riviera.
Visitors can choose to take in the sun, sand, and sea on several Kemer beaches. The waters are perfect for those who would like to swim, while sunset-chasers are in for spectacular orange and red skies.
The adventurous at heart can try a boat ride along the Kemer coast. Tourists can cruise along crystal seas with exceptional views and discover hidden beaches and coves nobody has set foot on before.
Tourists can also explore the hidden depths of the sea at some of Kemer's fantastic diving spots. The waters here are calm and serene, offering a great world of exploration for both beginners and professionals. Experienced divers could explore the secrets of a sunken French cargo ship that went down during the Second World War.
Majestic mountains For travellers who are quintessential mountain people, Kemer's various national parks and mountains are ideal for exploration.
While in Kemer, visit the famous Mount Yanar Tash. Popularly known as the Burning Stone Mountain, this natural wonder contains different combustible gas sources near its slopes resulting in flames that burn constantly. Scientific evidence attributes the burning stones to gases, but the locals believe the mountain contains the home of the mythical Chimera a fire-breathing monster that is part lion, part dragon, and part goat.
For hikes, visit the Beydağları National Park that covers an area of approximately 132.92 square miles. For a rush of extra adrenaline, visitors could also try their hand at activities such as paragliding, mountain climbing, and camping under the stars.
Unforgettable road trips and safaris The best way to take in Kemer's beauty is on a long drive across the cities, further into smaller towns and villages, and across beautiful countrysides.
A jeep safari is one of the most popular activities to do here. Visitors can experience the beauty of the Kemer mountains up-close on a safari, as they pass pristine rivers, valleys, and spot the tops of several mountain peaks.
Road trips and safaris also offer a great window to local culture along the way. One could visit quaint villages and hamlets while on the road. It is also possible to pick up a souvenir at the beautiful local markets or learn something new at the many museums en route.
For a thrilling adventure, visitors can leave the beaches and mountains behind and proceed to go underground at Kemer's fantastic caving destinations. One of the best destinations in Kemer is the cave of Beldibi. Beldibi is a cave that goes back to the Paleolithic age and contains intriguing rock engravings inside it.
Rich history and culture
A mecca for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, Kemer's historical sites are sure to transport.
Walk amidst a forest of pine trees to the incredible ruins of Phaselis that go back as far as 700 BC. Phaselis - once an important harbour city - lies near the town of Tekirova and was first built by the Rhodians. This prosperous city was a buzzing cultural and trade centre until it was destroyed by an earthquake in the 13th century.
A buzzing bar culture
Present-day Kemer also has exciting offerings for those who pass by or call them home. Visit Bar Street and hop from one bar to the next to get into the spirit of things at Kemer. The bars are the hub of social life in Kemer, especially in the summer.
When in Kemer, try the delicious seafood straight from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From dishes made out of levrek (sea bass) or alabalık (trout), the delectable seafood in Kemer is usually grilled and served with a side salad and lemon wedge.
A vibrant urban life
For those who like to be in the middle of the action, there's nothing like the city square in Kemer to show visitors a great time.
The Clock Tower located in Ataturk Square is a beautiful structure of white stone and high spires visible for miles around.
Ataturk Square also has vibrant bazaars, musicians, singing fountains, and food stalls.
Those seeking peace can visit the tranquil Moonlight park in the city. It's an excellent place for a day out with the children or to attend events and performances.
Kemer is a buzzing seaside resort that has something for every traveller. The next time you are in Turkey, plan a trip here for a truly memorable adventure.