In Kemer, where you can swim from almost any point, there are many historical sites, natural beauty and tourism resorts that are known as the hotels region today.
Points such as Tahtalı Mountain, Beldibi Cave, Molla Hole, Chimera (Burning Stone), Adrasan, Üç Adalar, Göynük Canyon, İkiz Kayalar, Ekopark, Ulupınar, which can be reached by cable car from Olympos, are among the must-see places in the vicinity.
Hosting various events such as Phaselis Art Events, Kemer Off-Shore Races, World Rally Championship Turkey leg (WRC Rally of Turkey), Kemer Carnival, the town is very active socially as well as tourism activities. Also, the Green Plateau in the region is known for its traditional Oil Wrestling Wrestling.
Kemer, one of the most important holiday centers of the Mediterranean Region, has many activities to do besides its natural beauties. Enjoying the sea and the beach is one of them. There are facilities for parasailing, jet-skiing, diving and water sports. Jeep safari, blue cruise tours and daily boat tours are among the indispensables of this place to discover the unique coves and beauties of the region.
In places such as Topçam, Çaltıcak, Beldibi, Göynük, Kındıl Çeşme, Alacasu, Paselis and Olympos, there are daily picnic areas and recreational facilities. Kemer, where the local people go to places such as Gödene Plateau (Altınyaka), Yeşil Plateau (Söğüt Cuması), Üçoluk Plateau and Belen Plateau in summer, is also very suitable for trekking and other nature activities.
Göynük is a touristic settlement in the Kemer district of Antalya with its Blue Flag beach, clear sea and natural beauties. Goynuk, another name for the deep blue waters, lush nature and tranquility of Kemer, is a fascinating paradise dating back to 690 BC and home to many civilizations.
Rafting tours are organized in Göynük Stream and Göynük Canyon, located in Göynük, which is built on a semicircular plain stretching from Antalya’s Beldibi district to Kemer. An important part of the Lycian Way , which is considered one of the top 10 trekking trails in the world, passes through Göynük Canyon. Beydağları stretches north of Göynük, west of Kemer, southwest of Antalya.
Goynuk Canyon, which reflects almost heaven with its mystical nature, view, enchanting waterfalls and pools, is a favorite of nature sports lovers, trekking enthusiasts and photographers. It is possible to reach Göynük, which is 9 km from Kemer, 35 km from Antalya and 45 km from Antalya Airport, by vehicles departing from Kemer and the city center.
If you are coming to Göynük, which is located between Antalya and Kemer, from Istanbul by road, you can follow the Istanbul-Bilecik-Kütahya-Afyon-Burdur-Antalya-Kemer route. If you are coming from Ankara, you can follow the Ankara-Konya-Antalya-Kemer route. You can reach Göynük after 36 km from Antalya to Kemer.
If you are planning to come to Göynük by bus, you can first reach Antalya city center and then go to Göynük by minibuses. On the other hand, there are bus services that depart directly from some cities to Göynük. There are regular bus and minibus services from Antalya Bus Station and Kemer to Göynük.
You can reach the city center from Antalya Airport, which is 13 km from Antalya city center and 45 km from Göynük, by public bus, HAVAŞ, taxi or private car. From here, you can reach Antalya Bus Terminal and go to the town by minibuses departing for Göynük.
In Göynük, a district of Antalya’s Kemer district, besides places to visit such as Göynük Beach, Göynük Canyon and Üçoluk Plateau, it is very enjoyable to explore the surrounding bays by participating in boat tours.
2. Beldibi Cave
Beldibi Cave is a rock shelter located 100 meters inland from the shore and 25 meters above sea level in Kemer district. Beldibi Cave consists of two small sections where only very small human communities can shelter.
Remains showing that the cave was inhabited continuously from the Upper Paleolithic to the beginning of the Neolithic period were found in layers. Beldibi Cave, which is not accessible by car, can be visited at any time of the day. There is no entrance fee to Beldibi Cave.
Phaselis is near Tekirova Village. Phaselis, whose history dates back to the 7th century BC, was under the rule of Persia, Alexander the Great, Ptolemaios and the Kingdom of Rhodes, and remained in the hands of the pirate Zeniketes for a while. Alexander the Great received many emissaries from the cities of Pamphylia here, and took the coastal cities one by one and reached Gordion.
Phaselis was connected to Rome by Brutus in 42 BC and became a bishopric center during the Byzantine Period. Thanks to its location, the people of this city, whose welfare level was high, were known for their cunning in trade. Its three harbours, colonnaded street, Roman bath, agora, aqueduct and the arch built in honor of Hadrian’s visit to the city are structures whose ruins can be seen today.
Belbaşı is a small rock shelter located at an altitude of 300 meters from the sea level, 5 km from Beldibi. It contains the material cultural remains of the people of the Mesolithic age, who continued their lives by intense hunting and plant-gathering.
Ulupınar , after Phaselis, passes Tekirova, and is a resting place on the roadside where water flows under the great plane trees. Ulupınar’s forested land and high flow rate waters together increase the interest in the region.
Ulupınar district, on a winding road descending from the main road to the sea, is a popular destination for those who want to escape the heat of Antalya and cool off under the plane trees.
Ulupınar, where there are many barbecue restaurants and resting facilities, is among the pleasant escape routes of the region. The restaurants in the shade of their trees are built on the icy stream. While you are eating your food, water runs off your feet.
Ducks and geese roam around. Gavur mountain salad and melon ice cream are also very famous in the restaurants, where there are meat options such as sea fish, trout and roasted meat.
Yanartaş was the place of a myth according to the ancient people. In ancient times, the fire burning with the gases coming out of the rocks was associated with a mixed being that spewed fire from its mouth even at its last breath. It is believed that the flames formed by the ignition of the gas leaking from the rocks at an altitude of 230 meters have never been extinguished since ancient times.
It is reached after a half-hour climb from Çıralı. You can easily reach the entrance of the National Park by walking from Çıralı. You follow a path with stairs and slopes on a wide path upwards through the forest.
The best time for Yanartaş is sunset hours. Be sure to take a flashlight with you as it will get dark on the way back. Yanartaş visiting hours are 08.30-19.00 in summer (April 1 – October 1), 08.30-17.30 in winter (October 1 – April 1). Open 7 days a week. Yanartaş entrance fee is 8TL. Museum Card is valid.
6. Olympos Beydaglari Coastal National Park
Olimpos Beydaglari Coastal National Park , Olimpos Beydaglari National Park, with its magnificent views of the Mediterranean, is one of the most visited national parks in Turkey. It starts 12 km southwest of Antalya city center and stretches along the 100-kilometer coastline within the borders of Kemer and Kumluca districts.
The national park at the starting point of the Beydağları, which forms the Western Taurus Mountains, has been under protection since 1972. The area also has a rich biodiversity, canyons such as Göynük and Beldibi. 72 of the 459 bird species in Turkey can be seen in the national park.
In the region between the ancient Pamphylia and Lykia coasts, there are the ancient cities of Olympos, Phaselis and Idyros. The area around the national park, which attracts attention especially by backpackers and young people, turns travel into a unique pleasure with its archaeological artifacts, lush forests and beaches with clear waters.
Today, Olympos is a favorite of backpackers especially with its tree houses, ancient city and coastline, which is the spawning area of caretta carettas. Located within the borders of Olympos-Beydağları National Park, which was established on both sides of the Akçay Stream, the 3.2 km sandy beach of Olympos gives the opportunity to swim in the shadow of the acropolis of the ancient city of Olympos.
Kemer, which is the most preferred holiday destination for sea and nature holidays in Turkey, has plenty of options such as holiday villages, hotels, pensions and bungalows for accommodation. In addition, Kemer, which has a very lively night life, also has many world-famous discos, nightclubs, bars and cafes.
Olympos visiting hours are 08.30-19.00 in summer (April 1 – October 1), 08.30-17.30 in winter (October 1 – April 1). Open 7 days a week. Olympos entrance fee is 24TL. Museum Card is valid. The ticket office closes half an hour before the last visit time.
While Kemer hotels by the sea attract the attention of all-inclusive hotel concept enthusiasts, it is possible to find hotels suitable for every budget in Kemer.
How to get to Kemer
For those who want to reach Kemer, one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey, by plane, the closest airport is Antalya Airport, which is approximately 60 km away. You can easily reach Antalya with daily flights from Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara and other cities.
You can reach Kemer by regular bus and minibus services from Antalya Bus Terminal. In addition, there are bus services that go directly to Kemer from different points of Turkey. Kemer is 770 km from Istanbul, 590 km from Ankara, 515 km from Izmir and 42 km from Antalya. Most of the bus companies have direct flights to Kemer. In addition, there is a bus service from Antalya to Kemer every half hour.
With its unique location, magnificent beauties, natural beaches, beautiful hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, Kemer is one of Turkey’s most popular holiday resorts.