Just down the coast from Kemer is this lovely coastal village of Olimpos and the ancient site of Olimpos Antik Kenti from Roman and Lycian times. We got there by hiring a car from Europcar in Kemer for the day at a cost of £30 for 24 hrs, total bargain.
Phaselis | Three amazing things Andiamo Amigos found there
You will find Phaselis about 16km down the coast from the resort of Kemer and its the most delightful area of archeological ruins with quirky little bays and the clearest water you can imagine
How did we get there?
We booked a taxi from the hotel to take us down the coast to Phaselis and wait for approx 4 hrs and return us back to the hotel. Getting a taxi gave us the freedom to roam around without being restricted by a return time. There is a ticket office at the car park where you can buy an entrance ticket into the site which doesn’t cost that much at all.
3 things you don’t want to miss when you visit Phaselis.
The ancient buildings
One of the first things you see when you enter the site is a really wide street running through the middle of the city. Once you see that then its easy to imagine the shops, baths and other buildings off to the side of the street and the ancient city comes to life. These structures are dated to the 2nd century BC.
The Lycian way hike
This hike is a long distance walk of approx 500km in south west Turkey. Part of it goes through the ancient village of Phaselis and we took an hour or so to follow part of the route. It’s really easy to navigate as it hugs the coast around Phaselis.
Swimming in the sea
It doesn’t matter where in the world we are but if there’s an opportunity to swim in the sea then we’re there. Chris prefers deep underwater and I prefer closer to the surface either swimming or snorkelling and at Phaselis there was a lovely stretch of beach to dip your toe into. Again, like some of the other beaches in this area, its best to have some beach shoes as the stones can be hard work but worth it once you’re in the cool and refreshing water.
Phaselis is a fantastic place to visit when you get board of lying round the pool on your sun lounger. Lovely clear water to swim in and some great ruins to explore. On top of that you get some great coastal walks to try with some stunning views.
Booking resources for your trip to Phaselis
Tours & Tickets
You can book your visits as you go at the entrance to your chosen attraction or site. Or you could use the following links to book in advance or just to find out what your choices are in the area. GetYourGuide and Tiqets are our go to choices you could try Viator to see how they compare.
For a full list check out our resources page. Don’t forget always shop around to find the best deal for you. What works for us should be good for you but it’s always reassuring to check.
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Our summer 2020 holiday we found ourselves exploring Kemer, Turkey as travelling options were limited. It was was my first visit to Turkey as Chris has been to before but not to this area. I’d only ever transited through Istanbul airport so that doesn’t count.