The Turkish people are very...
The Turkish people are very friendly, but they will tend to speak German to you first (there are a lot of German tourist). Smile and learn a few words of Turkish and you will be surprised how far that goes. I said Cok Guzel (choke goozel) a lot (it means very beautiful).
If you see a glass eye, or Nazar Bonjuk as it is called in Turkey, hanging in doorways of a house, don’t be alarmed. It is a lucky talisman to ward off the sinister forces of nazar, the evil eye.
AYISIGI PARK (Moonlight...
AYISIGI PARK (Moonlight Park)
Here is a very beatiful park at the extreme end of Kemer, behind the marina. You can enter here free charge and make use of its relatively long beach, restaurants , cafes, small shops.
Kemer has all the ingredients for a really relaxing holiday. The resort has been carefully planned and designed to make the most of its beautiful location without being too intrusive. The resort focuses around the magnificent blue waters and colourful marina of Antalya bay with a backdrop of the towering Jagged peaks of the Taurus mountains.
Restaurants and cafes are plentiful, tempting you with fresh ingredients, subtly flavoured with the unusual blend of herbs and spices. For anyone who fancies dancing the night away Kemer has an ample supply of music bars and discos. There's much to see in this fascinating region, not to be missed are Yoruk Parki. an amazing view on how the Turks lived several hundred years ago.
The remains of Phaselis are within easy reach and the rock tombs at Myra near Demre are just down the road, where you'll find the Church of St Nicholas, patron saint of children and the original Santa Claus.
Nowadays, its hard to believe that the tranquil sandy beaches here were once busy harbours and the picturesque ruins scattered on and around the shore are the remains of a major trading city which was thriving more than 2500 years ago.
Air : Antalya International Airport , 55 km from Kemer
Road: Direct bus connections from all main cities
Sea : Port of call Mediterranean Cruises
Hotels in Kemer
3 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars Holiday Villages Aparts and Villa
Seker Ferien Golden Lotus Kiris World Magic Club Phaselis Ambassador Villa
Le Palm Hotel Ambassador Plaza Mirage Park Asdem Park Apart
Larissa Otem Turkiz
Golden Sun Royal Resort
Asdem Park Merit Limra
Selimhan Elysee Beach
Aytunlar Lejardin Hotel
Tours and Excursions
Historical Tours Fun and Sightseeing Tours
Myra Demre Kekova Boat Tour to Olympos
Aspendos - Perge - Antalya Rafting
Olympos - Phaselis Jeep Safari
. Antalya - Kursunlu Waterfalls
Major Sights in the Environs
Phaselis Olympos Kale Kekekova Cirali Kas Kalkan
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Turkish currency - Liras. 50...
Turkish currency - Liras. 50 000 Liras is not a big sum - it was less than a dollar at the time of our visit. You can check the rate at VT currency server.Turkey is a muslim country, but in my opinion it is still more democratic, then, for instance, Jordan (the only muslim country besides Turkey where I have been to). Or maybe it is because I spent most of the time on a beach. Anyway, you must remember the difference in culture and not appear in too short skirts around mosques. People are very friendly and communicative. However, I was afraid to follow them when they invited 'to see my house'. Who knows what they are up to?:))
Best cultural tip for any...
Best cultural tip for any place that you visit in the world: Go out and meet local people! Here is a family from a village nearby the city of Antalya, enjoying one of their 300 days of sunshine per year. Just like the rest of Turkey, generations of families prefer to live together, effectively solving many social problems of Western cultures, like the enormous cost of social security for elderly and finding a baby sitter.
Antalya's wonderful Laundry
It's always the same problem: in the lavabo scrubbed shirts, dirty socks in the luggage and in the shower cabin washed jeans they never will be dry... This hasn't must be! In the middle of Antalya's old town, the Kaleici, nearby the "Broken Minaret" is located a wonderful laundry and there will be helped you. The "Quick Time Self Service Laundry" is run by Katja, a german art-loving lady who lives in Antalya since several years. And when your laundry turns into the washing machine, you could fall in a little chat with Katja to get some interesting news about Antalya and get some "local feeling". If you sit in the couch, read a book or use the free wi-fi, time till your laundry is ready will go very quick. Really a very lovely place, even in "Kale's Homestay" upstairs in the same house. :-)
address: hidirlik sokak 10, Kaleici, Antalya
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Turkish women like to have a shop assistant at their side as they shop so they can ask questions and find out information about the goods. All (in my experience) shop and stall owners will walk with you around their shop or stall. They will make small talk and try and get you to by off them. Some of the owners will leave you to look around if you just ask them to. You may think you are being 'pestered' or 'hounded', but remember, it's a custom that pleases Turkish women; don't take offence or get angry. Be polite and if you find yourself getting annoyed, walk out.
This is really a local custom tip, but I didn't really know where else to inform you about how the airport works.
You walk into the airport and you immediately put your suitcase, handluggage and coats etc. on a conveyor belt and they are x-rayed. You collect your belongings from other side of the coveyor belt and find your check-in desk.
Check-in as normal and go up the esclators towards the departure gates.
When you go up the first escalator, you have to show your boarding card and then you are allowed to carry on.
You then go through security where your handluggage is x-rayed and you may be body searched.
Then you go through passport control before being able to enter the area where the shops and departure gates.
Point of note
The eating places are incredibly expensive - your looking around £9 for a burgerking meal!!
My advise would be to eat or go to a shop before going to the airport.
There are a few artists on the main streets in Antalya. They have created beautiful paintings of the surrounding landmarks.
They are beautiful and originals.
Remember to barter as usual, but keep in the back of your mind that these paintings are art.
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A very big trade all over Turkey is the shoe cleaning business. I was actually amazed to discover this lovely friendly lady doing it here. Normally we saw men doing the job.
In the evenings, many locals gather outside in the cooler air to talk or walk the road with a view of the water and mountains.
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