Kemer Things to Do
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Visiting Myra was a daytrip from Kemer, where I spent short vacation in October. It was still high Summer there, the temperature has risen to 30 degrees, the sea was warm...a perfect time and place to relax. Of coure, we visited some historical places in vicinity of Kemer.
It took us about two hours drive to reach the antique city of Myra.
Lether everythere. This shop has very good quality leather things.
What to buy: We have bought man' s lether for winter, it is nice looking, light and worm natural cloth.
What to pay: It is depend on Your buget, but You SHOULD ask SCONTO (discounts) otherwise - you wouldn' t be good customer.
Kemer Tourist Traps
Kemer is about 1 hour drive from Antalya. It is one of the tourist centers of the region. The city itself is small and newsly built and full of shops, bars, hotels. It has a nice yacht marina. Very nice hotels and vacation villages are spread to the area.
A small park separates the marina from one of the most beautiful cove beaches in the region. The park, called Yoruk parki, for its steppe theme and people with their original mountain outfits offers a nice relaxation place under the shade of the pine trees. You can also eat gozleme (a dough filled with meat or cheese, cooked on a steel plate) and ayran, the famous Turkish drink made with mixture of yogurt, water and salt. It is very nice refreshment and a nice way to cope with the heat in summer months.
Down the park, you will see one of the most beautiful beach sceneries in Turkey. Though it is crowded, it is very nice beach. You can also try water sports for a fee.
Unique Suggestions: Beaches melting into historic villages 2500 years old are amazingly beautiful. Two of them Phaselis and Olympos are within daily excursion limits of Antalya, about 1 hour and 90 minutes drives from the city center respectively.
Covered with pine trees, Phaselis ruins, dating back as early as 6th century BC is one of the most enjoyable ancient cities in Turkey. The city is built on a very small peninsula, two small coves on each side . One of the coves is quite small while the larger is a mooring spot for boats cruising the Lycian coast. The coves have small gravel beaches, and are separated by a 5 minutes walk through the ruins and under the shade of pine trees.
Olympos ruins, on the other hand, may be reached after a 3 kilometers (2 miles approx.) drive on a bumpy road. A jeep is strongly recommended for a better ride. The ruins are scattered on a small hill and around the river crossing the city. In summer time the river is dry.
The ruins are mostly hidden among the trees and the entrance to the beach is through a path covered by trees and through the rusns of the ancient city. The beach is a "small gravel" beach and the water is crystal clear. It is possible to reach this beach through Chimera (the legendary eternal fire visible at night) exit on the Antalya- Kas road and you would get better driving conditions but you should walk about 10 minutes along the beach to the ancient city of Olympos.
An interesting lodging facility in the area are the "tree houses" with no roof, like the ones you would find in old, Robinson-Crusoe-type novels. The accomodation is free if you eat at the restaurants who built the houses. The site is isolated from "modern life" except that there are many tourists visiting the beach during day time. Still, it may be a good place to relax, sleeping to the sound of crickets at night time.
Fun Alternatives: The useful info and info above was taken from:
- Historical Travel