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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 worthwhile experience.

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 payment.

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