Tucked away between the turquoise-blue sea and amazing views of the Taurus mountains, Kemer is one of Antalya’s most popular holiday resorts. It will not only mesmerise you with natural and historical wonders like the Goynuk Canyon and Ucoluk Plateau, but Kemer will also entertain you with a variety of festivals and events. One of the resort’s most famous is the decades old Kemer carnival.
Fireworks, dance shows and folk concerts
Going to a carnival when you’re on holiday is definitely one of the most memorable travel experiences you can have. Colour, noise and plenty of dancing, it’s a great way to really throw yourself into local life! There’s no doubt that Kemer is one of the unforgettable locations to embrace carnival spirit.
Large crowds gather in a range of colourful costumes and traditional dress to celebrate the launch of the annual Kemer carnival. Held in April, the carnival welcomes in a month-long calendar of events including parades and musical performances. Enjoy a truly memorable display as fireworks illuminate the night sky, highlighting the surrounding coastline. Folk concerts will give you and your family a taste of Turkish culture, as you take in the rich musical traditions that are still so important to the locals.
Costumed dancers parade down Kemer’s wide, tree-lined streets, as all-night parties get in full swing. If you’re lucky, you may be invited in for a celebratory meal by one of the locals during the festival as it’s traditional to welcome visitors with open arms. With Turkish cuisine one of the richest in the world, you won’t want to say no to such a wonderful opportunity!
Events and festivals in Kemer
Of course, there are plenty more lively events in the city to experience if you want to immerse yourself in local Antalyan culture. As well as the Kemer carnival, there’s the Golden Pomegranate Festival in May, with a mix of art exhibitions, shows and fireworks. Watch the famous Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival at the ancient Aspendos theatre, which draws thousands of visitors a year.
For something a little more energetic, you can always take a trip to Kemer and kick on the new year with all your healthy resolutions intact with the city marathon! Every New Year’s Eve, hundreds of locals and tourists gather in their workout gear in Kemer centre and run either a half or full marathon. Let the buzz of the racing atmosphere spur you to cross the finish line and gain that medal, while taking in the region’s breathtaking beauty on route.
While you’re here
Once you’ve enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Kemer carnival, you’ll want to check out what else is on offer in this Mediterranean seaside resort. No visit to Kemer is complete without a trip to one of its stunning beaches. Located just behind the Kemer marina, this sandy beach is not only beautiful but it’s also shallow so it’s great for younger children. For more golden sand and crystal clear waters, head 15 minutes up the coast to Phaselia beach. There’s plenty of shopping and the local markets offer a unique experience. Aside from fresh fruit and vegetables, explore the bustling market for textiles, souvenirs and special Turkish sweets.