Kemer 45 km (27 mile) away from Antalya center. Kemer is a coastal city in the Antalya province with beaches as well as mountains close by. Surrounded by large resort hotels on northern and southern sides, this city is a much preferred destination for many Russians on package holidays as well as Western and Northern Europeans. Kemer is one of the few towns in Turkey with a welcome sign in Russian in addition to the usual Turkish, English, and German. It is also one of the few small coastal resorts where you see Russian female tourists with practically nothing on walking down the street next to Turkish village women covered head to toe with both in acceptance of each other. Kemer is on the Gulf of Antalya which has 53 kilometers or 33 miles of sea coast with the skirts of the western Taurus mountains behind it. The coast has the typical Mediterranean hot, dry weather and warm sea temperatures. Until the mid 1980s this was a quiet rural area of citrus groves, but today the town of Kemer and coastal villages in the district play a very important part in tourism in Turkey.

One of the major attractions of Kemer is its natural beauty  sea, mountains and a pine forest meshed in harmony. The shore from Beldibi to Tekirova consists of unspoiled beaches in bays of various sizes, mostly stoney beaches rather than sand. With convenient transportation, good communications and other municipal services Kemer has a large proportion of the hotel bed capacity of the Antalya region. The area is a comfortable and peaceful holiday coast with internationally accepted reputation, attracting large numbers of visitors from countries such as Germany, The Netherlands and in recent years predominantly families from Russia. Many of the visitors come as part of low-cost all-inclusive package deals but tourism is still the mainstay of the local economy. There are so many visitors that most shops in Kemer are set up to sell things like leather jackets and gold jewelry to overseas visitors and trade in the euro and dollar as well as the Turkish lira. Turkiz Kemer Marina Kemer’s 320 berth marina offers several restaurants for holiday tourists as well as being an important wintering-over marina for liveaboard sailors from the USA, England and most of Europe. Goynuk Canyon, Camyuva, Ulupinar, Olympos, Chimera, Phaselis, Three Islands and Eco Park are the tourism points of the Kemer region. The town of Kemer is alive with clubs, bars and restaurants plus blue flag beaches and a 320 capacity yacht marina. Popular coastal villages include Beldibi, Kiris, Cayova, Aslanbucak, Kuzdere, Beycik, Camyuva, Goynuk, and Cirali. Annual events in the area include art exhibitions in Phaselis, boat races, the World Rally Championship auto rally, the Turkey Offshore Championship, the Turkey Motocross Championship, the Phaselis Art Festival, and the Kemer Carnival. International pop stars and Djs such as Tarkan and DJ Tiesto give summer concerts on this coast.

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