Holidays in Kemer
Kemer is a modern beach resort located in an ancient part of Turkey. The Antalya region is known for the fascinating remains of Lycia, a stone’s throw from the tropical beaches of the Turkish Riviera. The resort has a choice of beaches, parks and a water park, all surrounded by thickly forested mountains, with rolling scenery ripe for adventure.
April and May for slightly cooler temperatures.
Antalya International Airport (AYT).
Book your holiday to Kemer with Thomas Cook for sun-drenched days on Moonlight Beach, walks down the Lycian Way and exploring the Roman remains of Phaselis.
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Visit Kemer’s bustling marina to take a boat tour out along the Turquoise Coast, or wander along the seafront to one of the resort’s two beaches. The sandy Moonlight Beach is the ideal place to swim, sunbathe and let the kids play, and the marina provides lots of exciting water sports. If you’re keen on a day trip, take the bus out to Phaselis to see its ancient amphitheatre or plan a family day out at the popular Aquaworld. Those with an interest in exploring the great outdoors will find plenty to do in Kemer, with the Lycian Way walking trail winding through the lush green landscapes.
Kemer has two beaches flanking a modern marina. The first is the pretty Moonlight Beach, a Blue Flag award winner with beautiful golden sand lined with sun loungers and umbrellas. Moonlight Beach is a popular spot for families, backed by a peaceful green park plus a swimming pool with a water slide. The second beach, a pebbly bay beside the marina, is the best place in Kemer for water sports. The crystal clear shore is shallow and warm, ideal for diving and snorkelling. Adventurous types can have a go at jet skiing, windsurfing and paragliding amongst others.
Kemer is situated close to fascinating historic sites in the Antalya region. Enthusiastic sightseers will be spoilt for choice with the likes of Phaselis and Olympus on your doorstep. Phaselis is around a 10 minute bus ride from Kemer, home to a 2,000 year old theatre and Roman baths. Some of the biggest attractions in Kemer are out in its spectacular natural surroundings, as the resort is well-known for its pine-covered scenery and position on the famous Lycian Way walking trail. Hikers will find dozens of trails in the rolling hills, providing wonderful views across the coast. You can also explore the Taurus Mountains by jeep or horseback.
At the heart of Kemer is its sunny marina, filled with gently bobbing yachts and waterfront restaurants. On a hot day, visit the marina to charter a boat and enjoy the breeze out at sea, with daily tours visiting the likes of Bodrum and Marmaris. If you’re on holiday with kids, the biggest family attraction in Kemer is Aquaworld. The park has a variety of water slides and swimming pools, as well as water playgrounds for small children. Visitors of all ages can race on in the Black Hole or relax with a float down the lazy river. The park also provides free sun loungers and there are plenty of places to eat.
Sightseers: Whether it’s excursions to the ancient city of Olympus or sailing along the Aegean Coast, Kemer is surrounded by fascinating sights.
Families: A fun but relaxing destination, Kemer is ideal for families with its lively beaches, park and Aquaworld.
Adventurers: A stop on the Lycian Way, Kemer’s surroundings invite adventure and attractions for everyone from hikers to divers.
Language: The language spoken in Kemer is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Kemer is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Kemer is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Antalya International Airport (AYT).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Kemer tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kemer. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: Summertime average of 27°C.
Best time to visit: April and May for slightly cooler temperatures.
The weather in Kemer is typical of Turkey’s climate, with long summers that get very hot between July and September. The temperature begins to rise into the mid 20s (°C) in April, staying that way until October.
By dolmus: There are local mini bus services, known as dolmuses, operating within resorts like Kemer. They are very frequent and cheap, providing a hop-on-hop-off service that is ideal for an easy shuttle to and from the beach or your hotel.
By bus: For travelling further afield, the region’s bus service links Kemer and a number of resorts to the city of Antalya.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Kemer, and are efficient and affordable for short journeys. The taxis operate a meter and have different rates for day and night.
For film buffs: Around an hour’s drive outside Kemer is the city of Antalya. Every October, the city hosts the famous International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Open to the public, the event features a week of film screenings and awards presented to international stars from the film industry.
For jazz lovers: Antalya Jazz Festival runs every year throughout the month of July. The festival is prominent for its venue, the beautifully preserved Aspendos Roman theatre, which seats 20,000 and is renowned for its incredible acoustics. The event features acclaimed jazz musicians and orchestras from all over the world.