Kadriye is less well known than it's close neighbour Belek,but has a lot to offer for tourists,golfers and villa owners alike.Some superb hotels line the uncrowded beach.The golf courses are world class.There's a great selection of all types of villas for rent or sale.
The town is a really good base for seeing the National Parks, the historic sites like Aspendos and Perge.It's easy to make day trips to interesting places like Side,Manavgat, and of course Antalya.
The town is located about 30 minutes drive from Antalya Airport, on it's eastward side.The D400 highway takes you to Kadriye and Belek but also Serik,Manavgat,Side,Avsellar and the main resort city of Alanya.
Unlike Belek, Kadriye has not been "manufactured", though there are many new buildings and developments.Believed to have arrived originally from Crete, the local population have traditionally relied on agriculture to earn a living.
Tourism has provided an alternative source of income for many,with hotels,restaurants,golf courses and tour operators offering employment.
Kadriye doesn't have a big town centre, but what there is is generally very good.There are a few good restaurants that are well worth the visit, and some of the big hotels are starting to open their restaurants to the public.The National Golf Club is also well worth a visit even if only for lunch.
To facilitate the boost in tourism and consequent employment, a huge transport infrastructure has developed, so getting about the area is quite easy.No railways here, but there is a good,clean, coach,Dolmus (local buses) and taxi set up.Prices are very reasonable and good value.
Coaches are always clean,usually air conditioned,and cheap.They run regularly to Antalya,Alanya, and to other provinces.
Local buses (dolmus) operate to almost everywhere,including neighbouring towns like Serik,Belek,Manavgat, and Side.
Shopping is a little more leisurely than most Turkish towns.When on holiday,whether in a hotel or a Turkey villa rental, you don't want hassle while shopping, and Kadriye is probably as chilled out as you will get in Turkey.
However, there are unwritten rules or guidelines when shopping in town, or any other town in Turkey, and we'll discuss them in a bit more detail.
Tuesday is "Market Day".Local people generally flock to the town centre to buy their fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a massive selection and the quality is excellent.You must try it even if you're staying at a hotel.
There are also stalls selling clothes, drapery,household goods, toys, and more.You are usually expected to barter in these stalls..My advice is don't start the process unless you are serious about buying.Traders naturally get frustrated going through the haggling and then you just walk off.Don't expect to get quality items for the same price as the " 3 for tenner" .The trader has to make some profit,so be reasonable, and avoid trying to beat him into submission.
Turkish delight; just one of the many souvenirs you may want to take back with you.
The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Kadriye is totally relaxing, but there's plenty to see and do if you want to.Beach sports,go karts,horse riding,day trips and tours, golf, wining and dining,and shopping.All without the stress.
Once you've had your fill of shopping at the market or shops,there are a few bars and restaurants where you can sit and recover.
The 19thHole is the ideal base for your market shopping, as the stalls are set up around it.A popular place with the expat population, it has a "pub" feel, and offers darts,pool table,live sport, and various activities on a Friday night.
There are 14 superb golf courses within a 10 minute drive of Kadriye town, including the Sueno Pines and Dunes courses, The Antalya Sultan and Pasha courses, The Carya,The Montgomery,The Gloria, amongst them.
We never thought it would happen, but this amazing waterpark has finally arrived, opening in 2016.The Land of Legends is a must visit . If you have a family it is a complete day out.Not necessarily cheap (see the link above for more details), but it is a full days fantastic activity and children under 3 years enter for free . There is often evening entertainment in the peak summer months, and the Rixos hotel itself is well worth wandering through.
So, while Kadriye is not hustle and bustle, there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. Check out the day trips and transport links for even more things to see and do.
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Fridays from 7pm,Asian and Oriental buffet. 50tl per person. Includes: onion bahjies, samosas, Chinese spring rolls,Vegetable Roti, Chicken satay. Types of " hoppers". Main courses include Birianies,Chicken and lamb curries,Butter chicken,Vegetable noodles,sweet and sour chicken, and chicken devil. Booking required, see Kadriye Restaurants for details.