Kumluca and Finike District was known as the port of Elmalı until recently. Only half a century ago Kumluca and Finike was ravaged by malaria and could only be inhabited during the winter months. Finike shares the small coastal plain with Kumluca and today has become a well-developed coastal settlement. This charming district, with its fully equipped marina is a place where visitors from many countries can safely moor their boats.
Kumluca and Finike was a notable cult centre of the ancient Greek God Apollo and one of the most revered saints of Christianity, St. Nicholas lived and died in the region. Elmalı is the location of the place of worship of Abdal Musa, who was a highly respected figure in Bektashism, a branch of Islam.