- Kemer All inclusive holidays
Mountains, beaches, clubs and ancient ruins, holidays to Kemer have it all. This popular holiday spot on the Turkish coast is one of the hot new destinations for sun seekers and families looking for a budget holiday with all the trimmings. Kemer started life as the ancient Greek city Idyros, and right up until the 1960s there was no road link to the town. The only way in was by boat. Today, it’s a thriving and very well connected spot that puts you right in the heart of the Turkish Riviera.
If you want to head out of Kemer and go exploring, then you’ve got plenty to see: historical landmarks and natural beauty abound. A day trip out along the Antalya-Kemer highway will bring you to Phaselis: a Roman settlement and harbour of huge importance.
If you want some stunning views and an easy way to get up the local mountains then the Tahtali Aerial Cableway runs up Mount Tahtali for nearly 4,500 meters. It’s the longest cable car route in Europe, and gives you some truly exceptional views of the region. Panoramic cabins take up to 80 people up the mountain, which during the early spring is still covered in snow at the top, so make sure you take a jumper.
Between Kas and Finike is the ancient Lycian city of Myra. This incredibly important location was abandoned in the 9th century AD, and today is home to a well-preserved amphitheatre and a number of rock tombs. The nearby church of St Nicolas is thought to be where the legend of Father Christmas originated from.
Because Kemer is a relatively new tourist destination, there are very few real landmarks in the town itself. One of the fun attractions is the Koruk Park: a charming park near the beach, where actors dressed in nomadic costumes tell curious visitors about the history and culture of the area.
Another natural landmark is the Beldibi Cave. It’s a little bit of a drive out of Kemer, but it’s well worth the trip. Inside, layer upon layer of Mesolithic artefacts have been found, indicating that this cave was important to early natives in Europe thousands of years ago.
Yanartas, or the ‘Place of Flames’ is a natural rock formation 40km from Kemer. Watch your step as you explore this spot, as flames literally burn right out of the rocks. It’s an incredible sight, especially at night!
If you want to find out more about the Hellenic settlers of the region then a trip to Olympos is a must. This is a fabulously well-preserved city, complete with amphitheatre, columns and ancient mosaics. It also happens to be the mythical home of Zeus, and is close to a number of other major attractions.
If children get bored of ancient ruins or mountain cable car rides, the Antalya region has plenty of theme parks to choose from, including several large water parks packed with slides, pools and flumes. There is even a dinosaur park. The best way to see the top landmarks on all inclusive holidays to Kemer is to hire a car and go touring.
Kemer all inclusive holidays are perfect for all ages, and the hotels that line the pristine white beaches along the bay are committed to providing visitors of all ages with plenty of entertainment. During the evenings, many hotels put on theme nights, including Turkish dancing and music, cultural evenings and plenty of karaoke. For the kids, entertainers provide hours of amusement with puppet shows and kids’ clubs.
The town has a few nightclubs that are open during the summer, but be warned, at the height of the season queues can be long. Once you get inside, however, you will find pumping music and great drinks offers. Outside peak season things pretty much come to a stop in Kemer, so you may have to travel a little further afield for some nightclub action.
During the summer, the Nomadic Theme Park puts on music and traditional dancing, which can run into the evening. Beach parties are common, and seem to spring up organically with little or no organisation.
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Kemer
Turkish food is made for sharing, which means Kemer all inclusive holidays are an ideal chance for everyone to sit down together and try something new. Meze offers lots of hot and cold dishes with a variety of different flavours. Don’t like fried fish or dolma (rice and meat wrapped in vine leaves)? Then you will love one of the other hundreds of variations, such as hummus dip, spicy lamb sausages or halloumi cheese. Most meat you come across in Turkey will be lamb or chicken, with occasional pork dishes, especially smoked pork loin or lountza. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from, too. When the weather gets a little colder, menus transform to include rich stews and slow cooked meats.
However, if you’ve got the little ones with you and they’re not too keen on the idea of courgettes stuffed with rice or hot pepper paste, most restaurants will also cater for simpler taste buds. Sweets and puddings are usually made with honey rather than refined sugar, so they have an unusual and much more intense flavour. These are often combined with figs, melon or almond paste. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Kemer? Check out our other amazing deals for Kemer holidays!