The beauty and charm are apparent as soon as you start your private guide tour of Kemer which is part of Turkish Riviera. Located less than 50 kilometres from the major city of Antalya, this little city has a large marina, pebble and sandy beaches, quaint and fascinating town with a stunning backdrop of pine forests.
There is no shortage of things to do and places to see when you visit Kemer. The golden sandy beaches are in abundance with crystal clear waters which caters for a variety of water sports activities such as paragliding, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing and boat tours.
Other sightseeing places include the ancient city of Olympos, archaeological site and museum of Phaselis, Mount Tahtali, Chimaera (known as the place of flames) and so much more.
Finally, after a fun filled day at the beach, doing water sports activities or seeing the many sights on guided tours, the town has delicious restaurants, lively bars and popular nightclubs to keep you entertained till sunrise. Read More...
See the Spectacular Views of the Landscape From a Sightseeing Tour of Mount Tahtali via Cable Car
One of the top sightseeing tours to do when in Kemer is Mount Tahtali. The panoramic views from this, the highest mountain closest to the sea which is 2365 metres in altitude, are amazing. However, the Olympos Teleferik (Cable Car) which brings you to the top is the best part of this tour.
For the historian or amateur archaeologist, there is the Phaselis archaeological site which dates back to the 7th century B.C. Athena, who was the goddess of war and wisdom, was, according to historians, the main Goddess of the City. There is so much more than just history and museums here, there is beaches and nature to explore too.
Top 8 Things to See and Do in Kemer
Chimaera, The eternal Flames
A fascinating sightseeing tour, not far from Kemer, is that to the Chimaera, known for the eternal flames on a rocky landscape. It is a natural phenomenon with a dozen of flames coming from the rocks with no obvious fuel to keep it going. The flames have been venting from this rocky slope for thousands of years burning a sort of methane gas. Take a nighttime tour if possible as the flames look dramatic in the dark.
The views are spectacular and panoramic from Mountain Tahtali which are amazing to see on a sightseeing tour. Enjoy this extraordinary adventure by going to the top of the mountain on a cable car ‘Sea to Sky’. These mountains have an altitude of 2365 metres and are the closest mountains to the sea. Ideally, the best times to venture to the top is at Sunrise and Sunset or when the there is a full moon.
The Ancient city of Phaselis
Take a guided tour of Phaselis, an ancient city not far from Kemer. These ruins date back to the 7th Century and have seen the Persians and Romans rule it. Nowadays the ruins that we see are from the Roman and Byzantine periods. There is still archaeology digs ongoing to unearth ruins underground. The natural beauty surrounding this ancient city has a national park status. Be sure to visit the museum.
For lovers of outdoor sports and nature then a sightseeing tour to Goynuk Canyon is the ideal choice. Regarded among the most beautiful natural wonders in Kemer with stunning waterfalls and pine forests. There are great activities to do here such as hiking through the pine forest, walking trails and swimming in the lagoons under the cascade of the waterfalls. There are also rock climbing tours for the more adventurous.
Another excellent guided tour to take when visiting the city of Kemer is to Beldibi Cave. Located some 19 kilometres from Kemer, it is among the most popular caves to explore in the region. This cave is an important prehistoric centre for the Antalya region. This is an archaeological site which is open to the public all year round. See the human, deer and goat paintings on the cave walls as you explore it.
Olympos, the ancient Lycian City
Visit the ancient Lycian City, Olympos, on a sightseeing tour and enjoy the history, beach and nature that you can find here. During the Hellenistic era, this ancient city was established. You can see Roman baths and fortified castles which were built by Rhodes, Genoese and Venice chevaliers. There are many myths to learn on a tour regarding the gods such as Zeus. This is a place to suit everyone.
Boat Tours of Kemer
The waters along the coast of Kemer offer great locations to see on boat tours. There are full day boat tours, short tours and sunset boat tours. The full day boat tours bring you to two or three secluded coves where you can swim and relax, dive and snorkel. They are well organised with a delicious lunch on board too. These tours are great on very hot days as the sea breeze as you sail is cooling.
Kemer Diving Tours
Another adventurous and exciting thing to do when in Kemer is to go on a scuba diving and snorkelling tour. These extremely professional tours have qualified diving instructors to help the novice divers as they descend into the deep waters of Kemer’s coast. The underwater world has so many fascinating things to see and explore such as coral reefs and tropical fish. This is certainly an enjoyable and interesting tour.
Fishing Tours in Kemer
For a more leisurely morning, afternoon or evening go on one of the fishing tours available in the city of Kemer. One excellent place to go trout fishing is in the Taurus mountain river of the traditional village Ulupinar. The beautiful, peaceful and serene surroundings are amazing, picnic on the banks under the shade of the trees and when you have caught enough fish, take a dip in the refreshing waters
Jeep Safari and White Water Rafting Tour
Combine two great activities in one for an exciting day when you take a Jeep Safari and White Water Rafting Tour. Your tour starts in the jeep, travelling through mountains and villages on off beaten tracks until you reach the rafting base at Koprulu River. The white water rafting is crossing the Koprulu River Rapids for 13 kilometres. Qualified instructors give you the appropriate gear and safety talk.
Travel Tips for Antalya
Best Time To Visit
Visiting the city of Kemer is something you can do all year round. The weather is very hot during the months of May to September which is great for lazing on the beaches, boat tours and water sports activities. However, March to April and October to November are the best times for sightseeing tours and prices are lower then too. The coolest time is January and there may not be too many places open during this month.
The prices in Turkey are lower than other popular European Countries and the city of Kemer is very reasonably priced. You can get great bargains in the weekly markets on clothes and souvenirs. To eat out is very cheap especially in traditional Turkish restaurants and when you drink local spirits and beers, you will notice the price difference. The costs for accommodation are excellent value no matter what grade.
Know Before Visiting
To get the best summer package deals, you should book early in the new year. Sometimes booking the flights and accommodation separate works out cheaper. Do not drink tap water anywhere is Turkey only drink bottled water. The tap water is perfectly fine for brushing your teeth though. When in the markets, it is expected that you haggle. The vendors up the price nearly 50% on the basis you will haggle.
The weather is great for the majority of the year. Hot summers, warm to hot Spring and Autumn and cool to mild winters with some rain and thunderstorms thrown in. The temperatures during the June to August months can reach as high as 47 degrees Celsius on average. The temperatures during December to January rarely go below 14 degrees Celsius. The temperatures in Spring and Autumn are ideal for sightseeing tours.