Belek, Turkey's fastest growing tourist destination.

The perfect location

The town is situated about 30 minutes drive from Antalya Airport, approximately 10 minutes drive from Serik,the commercial and administrative centre for the area, and also ten minutes drive from Kadriye, another small town.

   The town is perfectly located for easy access for other sites in the area such as Side,Perge,Aspendos,Antalya itself, and is only 1 hour drive from Alanya.

  Everything is within easy reach without you being stuck in a noisy city or resort; the beaches,the historic sites,the bars and restaurants, the golf courses, the shops.

  Antalya Airport is a 4 hour flight from the UK,3.5 hours from western Europe ,and 2h-45m from Moscow.Not really long haul and I always find the time goes quickly.Many major airlines fly to Antalya including Turkish Airlines,Thomas Cook,Thompsons,Norwegian Air,Eazyjet, and others.


 Tom Bosnahan,in his excellent Turkey Travel Planner, clearly sees Belek as an artificial town; not really "Turkish".It has artificial Roman style walls and there is little of the old village charm that you encounter in many of Turkey's towns and villages.Everything is geared towards tourists,particularly golfers.                                                                           Mr Brosnihan is correct.However, most people who go to that area are tourists, or are golfers, and as such will probably look for touristy things

    I won't pretend that Belek is the real Turkey;it isn't. But I think it provides a great base to explore the the real Turkey, while also enjoying a round of golf on one of the many Championship courses , or relaxing on some of the good beaches the region offers; Belek Beach, Kadriye Beach, Bogazkent Beach, and more.Not to mention the shopping and the increasing number of good restaurants  popping up .

  As a tourist centre the town provides good transport links to most places you would probably wish to visit.The infrastructure is improving constantly,pushed along by important events like the G20 meeting held in November 2015 and the EXPO 2016 project amongst others.


Belek Accommodation.

  •      Belek is renowned for the quality of it's hotels.Most are genuine 5 star hotels,generally with private beach front and several with their own  championship or PGA standard golf courses.I include the Kadriye hotels here,as they more or less run consecutively.These include:    
  •   The Montgomery Maxx (Designed by Colin Montgomery and home of the Turkish Airlines Men's European Tour), 
  •  The Cornelia Resort (Nick Faldo course).  
  •   The Gloria Resort with it's 3 courses,  
  •   The Regnum, with one of my favourites, The Carya, which offers floodlit golf over 9 of it's 18 holes.                                   There are others (see golf map).

Budget accommodation.

  While there is an abundance of top end accommodation in Belek and Kadriye,, budget hotels are few and far between. Here are a few:

  • The Ceres.Close to the town centre and on the main bus routes.
  • The Riverside.Tucked just behind/adjacent to the Ceres.
  • Hotel Fiorita.Close to the city centre.A nice looking hotel.
  • Sarp Hotel Kadriye.In the central area, close to everything.
One of the few NON allinclusive hotels in Belek.

Dining out is getting more interesting.

  Eating out  used to be somewhat boring.A handful of restaurants,all doing the same or similar menu.Now, there is a better choice and greater selection.From pizzas to good Indian food,steaks, Italian,British classics, and Turkish food.Most importantly the quality has improved.Restaurants are now competing .

Shopping 

    Shopping in Turkey is an art.You have to get that fine balance between negotiating a good price and really upsetting the trader.In fact there is a fast growing trend towards fixed price shopping in Turkey, and Belek reflects this.Frankly, while some people like to barter, I think many prefer to know what they have to pay and are more comfortable with this method of shopping. I've seen some very aggressive shopkeepers in my time, and it's not always a pleasant experience for the tourist.

   If you are a Turkey villa rental tourist things are improving.There are more supermarkets and speciality shops now than a few years ago.The range of foods and accessories is far better now.

  Of course there are still things that are difficult to get, such as pork products, baked beans, speciality sauces, etc. However, they are not impossible to get these days.Also, if you know where to go there are substitutes or alternatives.

  There are also a lot of Chemist shops,(Pharmacy/Apotheke) in the town centre, also in Kadrtiye and Serik. This is important as these act almost as doctors surgeries for everyday ailments and will supply most things that can only be obtained on prescription in the UK.

   

Pharmacies are numerous and very helpful.Many pharmacists speak good English and other languages.

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