|This resort town
has been carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding scenery and
offers an ideal environment for a wonderful holiday. A fully equipped Kemer
marina has facilities for all activities so that yachtsmen
can enjoy the unspoilt bays and beaches south of the town. Shoppers will
delight in the wonderful range of high quality souvenirs for sale. A beach
promenade north of the marina has steps leading down from its cafes and
shops directly to the beach. Kemer Beach is a
Blue Flag beach. The term "Blue Flag" coined by the European Union
means clean beach. In the Yörük (Nomad) Theme
Park you can watch traditional craftspeople at work. The adjoining bay is
a charming and delightful spot with many sports and daily entertainment
facilities discreetly hidden among the pines. April is the month for the
colorful Kemer Carnival. Also in the spring are
the yacht races between Kemer and Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern
(Blue Flag) and Beldibi (Blue Flag) north of
Kemer and Çamyuva and Tekirova
(Blue Flag) to the south, are tourist centres full of various activities.
The holiday villages are all designed to blend into the forest that encircles
them. At the foot of Mt.Tahtali (Olympos),15
km south of Kemer, the three harbours of Phaselis
were once a major commercial center. The ruins of aqueducts, agoras, baths,
a theatre, Hadrian's Gate and an acropolis reveal the city's historical
importance. From the south harbour, look up at Mt. Tahtali for a spectacular
view. The sheltered sandy beaches make a superb playground, and the waters
are calm and safe for swimmers.
The ancient city of Olympos
is situated on the southern side of Mt. Tahtali. Oleander and laurel bushes
shade the Olympos Valley, which you can approach by land and sea. The
play of light on the quiet pools of water enhance the mosaics in the bath.
A temple gate and theatre also remain from antiquity. The outer walls
and towers around the bay date from the Middle Ages.
North of Olympos up from Çirali
Beach, is Yanartas (at a height
of 300 meters) where according to mythology the Lycian hero Bellerophon,
mounted on his winged horse Pegasus slew the fire-breathing monster, Chimaera.
Gas which seeps from the earth burns brightly at night at this site, which
the Byzantines also considered a religious area.
South of Olympos, tranquil waters and sandy
beaches line the Bay of Çavus. Here you can
waterski on calm waters, discover the colorful marine life or explore
the incredible sea caves on the northern shore.
An entry port west of Olympos, Finike is
surrounded by citrus trees and gardens. A sandy beach stretches to the
east, and to the west are rocky bays and coves.
Limyra, an ancient
Lycian city, is 10 km inland from Finike, via Turunçova.
The fourth century B.C. Pericles mausoleum, decorated with caryatids,
is a magnificent example of ancient art. The city walls and Roman theatre
are also of interest.
Farther on this road is the Lycian city of
Arikanda. Set high on the mountain overlooking
one of Turkey's most beautiful valleys, the extensive ruins include the
agora, theatre, stadium, bouleuterion, water system, gymnasium, baths
and scattered sarcophagi.
At Demre (Kale),
the ancient Myra, (25 km west of Finike), many
splendidly carved rock tombs overlook the magnificent Roman theatre. St.
Nicholas was the bishop of this Mediterranean city during the fourth century,
and died here in 342. Every year in December the Santa Claus
Commemoration Ceremony attracts . many tourists who spend
their Christmas holidays on the sunny coast of ancient Lycia.
ancient harbour of Andriace, west of Demre, has a good beach for swimming
Kekova is an island
an hour from Dalyanagzi by sea as well as the name of a whole ensemble
of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient cities. These bays provide
natural harbours in all seasons, and yachtsmen particularly enjoy exploring
the unspoilt landscape. Along the northern shore of Kekova Island at Apollonia,
earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses
to sink under the clear water, creating a sunken city. Kaleköy
Castle (Simena) offers a bird's-eye view of the bays, inlets,
islands and colorful yachts sailing peacefully on the glassy water.