Nature and History
Like other tourism centres around Antalya, Kemer consists not only of sun, sea and beach tourism. It encompasses the ruins of Phaseliswith its three harbours, the eternal flames of Chimera and the ancient city of Olympos, which was used as a base by the famed pirate Zeniketes.
The Bay of Adrasan can be reached through a winding road by exiting the Antalya-Muğla highway, which offers picturesque views along the way. Cape Gelidonya, to the west of the bay, separates it from the Bay of Finike. The numerous ancient cities in the area such asRhodiapolis in Kumluca, Limyra in Finike and Arykanda to the north enable visitors the experience of an extraordinary ancient geography, as well as visual beauty.
Beldibi, Göynük, Kemer, Kiriş, Tekirova, and the high plateaus rising behind Adrasan were areas where the traditional means of production and living existed until recently. Today the traditional way of life is still continuing to some degree.
The Göynük and Kuzdere Canyons are quite popular with visitors who come to see the unusual rock formations shaped by weathering and erosion. It is a welcome relief to swim in the natural basins in the hot summer months. The Gedelme Plateau, north of Kuzdere Plateau, and the spring waters of the Alakır River, is other location, which offer respite from urban life.
The Monument Oak Tree in the Gedelme Plateau has a circumference of 15 meters. The Gedelme River and the castle ruins nearby are silent witnesses to history. At a height of more than one thousand meters one can find lush forests covered with cedar, juniper and pine trees, dating back thousands of years.
The Tahtalı Aerial Cableway uniquely combines two classic holiday destinations – the sea and the mountains. Mount Tahtalı, at 2,365 meters above sea level, offers breath-taking views over the whole Gulf of Antalya and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains surrounding it.