Belek Travel Guide
Belek Resort © Jane M
Belek is a sprawling holiday resort town specifically
developed for tourism, and over the last two decades has grown to
encompass the neighbouring village of Kadriye. Boasting 300 days of
sunshine and the warm, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the
area has become a haven for those seeking the luxury of five-star
hotel complexes, as well as some great golf courses.
Many Belek hotels have their own strip of private
beach and some holiday visitors never leave the comforts of their
seaside accommodation. Belek is, however, close to a number of
interesting sites and there are several exciting activities on
The ruins of the Roman town of Perge is an
interesting excursion, as is the well-preserved ancient
amphitheatre at Aspendos; its acoustics have stood the test of time
and it still plays host to the occasional concert.
From Belek, jeep safaris into the mountains are
another popular holiday outing, as are boat trips, watersports, and
visits to nearby Manavgat waterfalls and the thermal baths at
Pamukkale. Scuba diving, white-water rafting, horse riding, and
more are also on offer to visitors on holiday. The town of Belek
itself is compact and has a small shopping centre and some souvenir
shops and some cafes to enjoy on holiday.
Kadriye has more to offer in the way of street
markets and nightlife, but day trips to busier towns such as Alanya
or Antalya are also available. Belek is the perfect holiday resort
for golfers and those seeking lazy days lounging on a beach or by a
Shopping Most of the large Belek hotels have shops selling curios and
holiday souvenirs, and the town has some lively street markets that
are the perfect place to sample freshly cooked food and do a spot
of gift shopping. There is also a huge bazaar every Saturday where
shoppers can haggle to their heart's content. Holiday makers can
head to the old town of Antalya for more extensive shopping.
Restaurants There is a limited choice of restaurants in Belek with most
holiday visitors eating in their hotels, but the village of Kadriye
is just two miles (4km) away, and easily reached by
dolmus, and has a selection of shops, bars and
restaurants. The nearby city of Antalya, 22 miles (35km) away,
offers many restaurants which serve up some of the best of local
Turkish food. Adana Ockbkbasi is a new restaurant in Belek well
worth a visit for its special Turkish fish and kebab dishes. Coco
Bar, which serves the tastiest lamb shish kebabs around and has a
cosy open-air terrace, is rated as one of the friendliest
restaurants in town by tourists and locals alike.
Nightlife The nightlife in Belek is largely limited to the large hotels,
many of which have their own nightclubs, bars, and entertainment.
There are one or two popular clubs, however, including the large
Club 29 on the waterfront.
Activities Belek has become a premier golf centre in Turkey and boasts over
eight championship golf courses, catering for all levels of player,
and was recently featured as one of the best places to go in Golf
World's Golf Escapes 2007 supplement.
Besides golfing, Belek also offers a wide range of adventure
sports like wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, rafting, and
mountain climbing to enjoy on holiday. Belek's beaches have very
calm water, making it ideal for small children.
The neighbouring beach resort of Side is also worth a visit,
with a 2nd century theatre and Roman Baths, and further afield
Antalya has museums, a beautifully preserved old town, and offers a
good day-out for foodies.
Negatives Many shopkeepers can hassle you upon entering their store. If
you are not interested, give a polite but firm 'no'.