Kemer is a seaside resort and district of Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, 40 km west of the city of Antalya, on the Turkish Riviera.
Kemer is on the Gulf of Antalya, 53 km of seacoast 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 Turkey.
Kemer is a popular resort and favourite vacation spot for tourists from all over the world. Attractions and main differences of Kemer from other regions of the Mediterranean coast are environment with beautiful mountains and pine trees, pebble coast, fresh mountain air filled with the smell of coniferous trees. Real estate in Kemer is in special demand, same as Antalya or Belek.
Kemer consists of the following areas: Tekirova, Beldibi, Chamyyuva, Kirish, Goynyuk. All these places have become popular with Europeans. In Kemer you can enjoy a quiet life style, or visit famous nightclubs and discos in the city centre. Real estate in Kemer is represented by villas or townhouses. Buildings not higher than three storeys are allowed to be built here; there are loads of state protected pieces of land around this area. All these factors influence real estate value in Kemer. The price of square meter here is a little higher than in other regions.
Kemer was called Eski Köy (Old Village) until in 1916-1917 a 23 km 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 great investments in infrastructure, planned by the state and funded by the World Bank, aimed at developing the tourist industry.
Olympos – is the first name of the city and mountain name at the bottom of which it was located.
Olympos was an ancient city in Lycia. It was situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town district of Antalya Province, Turkey.
The former city of Olympos was founded during the Hellenistic period, presumably taking its name from nearby Mount Olympos , one of over twenty mountains with the name Olympos in the Classical world history.
From these mountains of the Solymi, according to Homer, god Poseidon looked out to sea and saw Odysseus sailing away from Calypso's island, and called up a great storm that wrecked him on the shores of the island of Nausicaa
The coins of the city of Olympos date back to the 2nd century BC. It was described by Cicero as an ancient city full of riches and works of art. The city became one of the six leading cities of the Lycian League. In the 1st century BC, Olympos was invaded and Cilician pirates settled here. This ended in 78 BC, when the Roman commander Publius Servilius Isauricus, accompanied by the young Julius Caesar, took the city after a victory at sea, and added Olympos to the Roman Empire. The pirate Zenicetes set fire to his own house and perished. The emperor Hadrian visited the city which took the name of Hadrianopolis in his honour for a period of time.
The chief deity of Olympos was Hephaestus, god of fire and blacksmiths. Near Olympos, located in the neighbouring village of Çıralı and about 200 metres above sea level, the eternal flame called the Chimaera may be seen rising from the ground. The fuel source for the flames is natural gas, largely methane, seeping through cracks in the earth. The mythical Chimaera – or Chimera – was a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent, who roamed these woods and sprouted fire from her mouth.
In the middle ages, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built two fortresses along the coast, but by the 15th century Olympos had been abandoned. Nowadays the site attracts tourists, not only for the artefacts that can still be found (though fragmentary and widely scattered), but also for its scenic landscapes supporting wild grapevines, flowering oleander, bay trees, figs and pines.