One of Turkey’s first purpose-built resorts, the development of Kemer was carefully planned to blend in with the surrounding scenery. At its heart is the attractive marina, a stopping-off point for gulets on the blue cruise. Around it are sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants catering for the resort’s upmarket clientele. Kemer Beach is a clean pebble beach, but the main resort areas are on the beaches located a little further out, namely Kızıltepe, Göynük, Beldibi, Çamyuva and Tekirova. Surrounded by pine forests, they offer a range of accommodation including five star hotels, all designed to perfectly complement the natural environment.
A small, yet charming, resort located midway between Antalya and Kemer, the approach to Beldibi is lined with fragrant orange and lemon groves. The resort has managed to retain the feel of a traditional Turkish village with a mix of housing, hotels, shops and low-key nightlife all close at hand.
Oranges and olives are the main exports of Camyuva, a small town just to the south of Kemer. Recently merged with the neighbouring village of Kiris, Camyuva is within easy reach of a choice of restaurants, shops and bars. Its fine, pebbly beach is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Tekirova is famed for its excellent diving, with a number of caves and islands to explore just off the coast. Trekking is another popular pastime as the stretch of coastline between Kemer and Antalya is stunning, with a backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. Tekirova itself is a modest size with much of the entertainment and nightlife taking place in the areas numerous hotels and holiday villages. Serious shoppers should head to nearby Antalya for a wider choice.
Approximately 9km from Kemer, the seaside village of Göynük boasts the trademark breathtaking scenery and crystal clear waters that typify this stretch of coast. Accommodation mostly comprises 4 and 5 star hotels as well as self-contained holiday villages.