Kemer

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Kemer
Town
A view of the beach and marina of Kemer
A view of the beach and marina of Kemer
Location of Kemer within Turkey
Location of Kemer within Turkey
Kemer is located in Turkey
Kemer
Kemer
Location of Kemer within Turkey
Coordinates: 36°36′N 30°33′E / 36.600°N 30.550°E / 36.600; 30.550Coordinates: 36°36′N 30°33′E / 36.600°N 30.550°E / 36.600; 30.550
Country  Turkey
Region Mediterranean
Province Antalya
Government
 • Mayor Mustafa Gül (MHP)
Area[1]
 • District 467.75 km2 (180.60 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 22,732
 • District 41,268
 • District density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 07x xx
Area code(s) (0090)+ 242+814xxxx
Licence plate 07
Website www.kemer.bel.tr

Kemer is a seaside resort and district of Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, 40 km (25 mi) west of the city of Antalya, on the Turkish Riviera.

Kemer is on the Gulf of Antalya, 53 km (33 mi) of sea coast with the skirts of the western Taurus Mountains behind. The coast has the typical Mediterranean hot, dry weather and warm sea. Until the early 1980s this was a quiet rural district but today the town of Kemer and coastal villages in the district play a very important part in tourism in Turkey.

History[edit]

Historic map of Kemer by Piri Reis

Kemer was called Eski Köy (Old Village) until in 1916 - 1917, a 23 km (14 mi) long stone wall was built to channel the mountain stream water and protect the town from flooding, which until then had been a persistent problem. The name Kemer refers to those walls.

Until the 1960s there was no road connection and the district was accessible only by boat. Then a road was built and from the 1980s onwards this was followed by a great investment in infrastructure, planned by the state and funded by the World Bank, aimed at developing a large tourist industry.

Demographics[edit]

The district has a population of 36,010 according to the 2010 census.[3] The town itself has 20,785 inhabitants. Kemer has 4 municipalities (Beldibi, Çamyuva, Göynük, Tekirova) and 4 villages.

The population of the towns and villages (municipality names are embolded) are shown in the table below:

Town/Village Population (2007)
Kemer 11,733
Beldibi 2,494
Beycik 317
Çamyuva 3,981
Göynük 5,666
Kuzdere 4,530
Ovacık 61
Tekirova 3,547
Ulupınar 824
Total 33,153

Tourism in Kemer[edit]

A park in the town center

One of the major attractions of Kemer is its natural beauty; sea, mountains and pine forest combine in harmony. The shore from Beldibi to Tekirova consists of unspoilt beaches in bays of various sizes, mostly stoney rather than sand. With easy transportation, good communication and other municipal services Kemer has a large proportion of the hotel bed capacity of the Antalya region, and is a comfortable and peaceful holiday coast with internationally accepted reputation, attracting large numbers of visitors from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, and in recent years predominantly families from Russia. Many of the visitors come as part of low-cost all-inclusive package deals but tourism is still the mainstay of the local economy. There are so many visitors that most shops in Kemer are set up to sell things like leather jackets to overseas visitors and trade in the euro as well as the Turkish lira.

Moonlight Beach near Kemer

Kemer's 320 berth marina offers several restaurants for the tourists as well as being an important wintering-over marina for liveaboard sailors from the USA, England and most of Europe.

Göynük (Goynuk) Canyon, Ulupınar, Olympos, Chimaera, Phaselis, Three Islands and Eco Park are the touristics sites of the Kemer area.

The town of Kemer is vibrant with clubs, bars and restaurants, blue flag beaches and a 320 capacity yacht marina. Popular coastal villages include Beldibi, Kiriş, Çayova, Aslanbucak, Kuzdere, Beycik, Çamyuva, Göynük, and Çıralı.

Annual events in the area include art exhibitions in Phaselis, boat races, WRC (World Rally Championship), Turkey Offshore Championship, Turkey Motocross Championship, Phaselis Art Festival, and Kemer Carnival. International pop stars and Djs, such as Tarkan and DJ Tiesto, give summer concerts on this coast.

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkish: Cumhurbaşkanlığı Bisiklet Turu) is a professional road bicycle racing stage race held each spring.

In the last years there is rising number of outdoor enthusiasts visiting Kemer for trekking the Lycian Way and for mountainbiking.

Climate[edit]

Kemer has a hot Mediterranean climate with very hot, long and dry summers with cool, rainy winters. In the height of summer temperatures frequently exceed 40°C.

Climate data for Kemer
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22
(72)
23
(73)
28
(82)
34
(93)
39
(102)
45
(113)
45
(113)
44
(111)
42
(108)
38
(100)
34
(93)
26
(79)
45
(113)
Average high °C (°F) 14
(57)
15
(59)
19
(66)
23
(73)
28
(82)
33
(91)
35
(95)
36
(97)
34
(93)
28
(82)
22
(72)
16
(61)
25.3
(77.3)
Average low °C (°F) 5
(41)
6
(43)
8
(46)
12
(54)
15
(59)
19
(66)
22
(72)
22
(72)
19
(66)
15
(59)
11
(52)
6
(43)
13.3
(56.1)
Record low °C (°F) −8
(18)
−4
(25)
0
(32)
−1
(30)
5
(41)
1
(34)
13
(55)
13
(55)
11
(52)
2
(36)
1
(34)
−4
(25)
−8
(18)
Precipitation mm (inches) 108
(4.25)
89
(3.5)
100
(3.94)
98
(3.86)
87
(3.43)
58
(2.28)
21
(0.83)
18
(0.71)
27
(1.06)
58
(2.28)
68
(2.68)
125
(4.92)
857
(33.74)
Avg. rainy days 11 10 9 8 6 3 1 1 2 6 8 12 77
Source #1: Weatherbase [4]
Source #2: Weather2 [5]

Places of interest[edit]

Sites of natural beauty[edit]

  • Adrasan Bay - 2 kilometres of beach.
  • The Çıralı village and pristine 4 km (2 mi) beach. Popular for nature walks and sections of the Lycian Way.
  • Üç Adalar (Three Islands) - popular among scuba divers.
  • The canyon of Göynük
  • İkiz Kayalar (Twin Rocks)
  • The village of Ulupınar, with its mountain spring water.
  • There are a number of interesting caves including Beldibi, and the Molla hole in the east face of Tahtalı mountain.
  • And of course the Taurus Mountains offer many places for hiking or a tour with SUVs.

Historical sites[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kemer is twinned with

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ Statistical Institute
  4. ^ http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weatherall.php3?s=173513&refer=&units=metric&cityname=Kemer-Adana-Turkey
  5. ^ http://www.myweather2.com/City-Town/Turkey/Kemer/climate-profile.aspx

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