Holidays to Kemer serve up Blue Flag beach action, lively nights out and lots of tasty Turkish food.
A quick learner
Twenty years ago, Kemer was just another little village on Turkey’s Antalya coastline – but the place has really come on in leaps and bounds since then. It’s now a modern, purpose-built resort with a shiny new marina, boutique shops and a buzzing nightlife. And it’s laid on a couple of handy beaches as well.
A 2-beach resort
Kemer comes with a duo of beaches. The first one – the romantically named Moonlight Beach – is a shingle-and-sand affair with a Blue Flag award. Its next-door-neighbour, meanwhile, is a pebbly number. Both are set up for sunloungers and watersports – and the marina in between sorts out cafés and restaurants.
Kemer comes up with the goods on the nightlife front, too. It likes plenty of variety, though, so it’s made sure that there’s a mix of traditional Turkish taverns, rock bars and clubs. That means you can set your own pace – laid-back drinks or late-night partying, it’s up to you.
Discovering ancient ruins
Roman ruins are quite close to Kemer. For a start, a 20-minute bus ride gets you to Phaselis. This place might be around 2,000 years old, but there’s still what’s left of a main street, marketplace and aqueduct to be seen. And then there’s the city of Olympos – just under an hour away – with its tombs and Roman bath.
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