Welcome to Kemer
Like many resort towns, Kemer was purpose-built and thus has
little local flavour, with all of its amenities aimed at tourists
on holiday. Kemer's setting, however, is incredibly beautiful, and
it supposedly had its origins as a Lycian settlement.
The small seaside town of Kemer is situated in a forested valley
surrounded by the western Taurus Mountains, close to the larger,
livelier resort of Antalya. It boasts a lovely marina with a
promenade down to the beach, and tastefully designed hotels and
houses spread along the shore, and there are many bays and coves to
explore. An interesting place to visit is the Yoruk (Nomad) Park
where visitors can see traditional craftsmen at work under leafy
trees. There are also several pedestrianised streets with a number
of shops, restaurants, and bars.
The town itself is small with few major attractions, and day
trips to neighbouring Beldibi or Antalya are recommended, as are
trips to the ancient sites of Phaselis and Olympos, as well as the
fascinating, permanent natural vents, known as the Fires of
Chimaera, that release burning methane and whose flames were used
by sailors to navigate at night. A trip up the 'Sea to Sky'
cablecar to the 7,800 foot (2,365m) summit of Mt Tahtalý is a
Many hotels in Kemer offer their own entertainment and
activities for guests, and several have private beach access. Most
of the beaches in Kemer are pebble, but a few, including those near
the marina, are sand. Kemer therefore suits those looking for
little else but an extremly relaxing holiday.
Information & Facts
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as