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.
Our trip to Turkey was born of necessity, basically it was the only place in the world we were allowed to travel to. Unfortunately it came off the green list while we were there so we had to self isolate when we got home. Would love to go back and explore further, it’s such a beautiful country.
Not our usual kind of adventure but at the time a package holiday was the safest way to travel. It did however turn out to be a great trip. All inclusive holidays are not the best way to experience new cultures but we tried to make the most of it by getting out and about around the local area taking in some of the things we would have done if we had travelled independently.
One of the highlights of our two weeks was a trip to Goynuk Canyon, a lovely short walk followed by a dip in the water. Another great day out is a just a short drive away. The ruins of Phaselis of Greek and Roman origin are sat right on the coast. You can combine the sight seeing with a great walk and a swim in the shallow bay.
Another similar place to visit is Olimpos another ruined city with some amazing artefacts and a fascinating and rich history. Again this is situated right on the coast with a long pebble beach close by and some great swimming. Next time we visit it would be great to bring the van and explore Turkey a little more It’s a massive country with some amazing things to see and explore.
How to get the best views of Kemer | Olympus Teleferik We had heard about the cable car that went to the top of Mount
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 is 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
Goynuk Canyon is a mountain area approx 10km north of Kemer. Exploring Goynuk canyon is mainly done on foot but we’ll tell you about how we did the canyoning activity and got into the water. Excellent fun!