Why choose Belek?
Belek as well as Kadriye boasts a wide sandy beach, lapped by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Belek is becoming recognised as a centre of golfing excellence with 9 international class golf courses within easy reach of our villa, four of which are championship level courses (click on Golf Courses on the left for more details).
The coast around Belek is dotted with coves and fishing villages, so a boat trip is a must. This stretch of coastline is also a nesting ground for the Loggerhead Turtle and the lesser known Green Turtle. Belek is also a haven for birds.
The restaurant food is very good and inexpensive, a variety of Turkish dishes for those who like to enjoy the local cuisine and also less spicy dishes available for those with a lighter pallet. Drinks prices vary but spirits can be a little dear, beer and lager are however well priced and the bottled water served is inexpensive.
If you like to enjoy the odd drink or two in the villa we would recommend getting some duty free on your way out (don't forget you are travelling outside the eu so you are not restricted by the normal eu regulations, there are normally different offers available so be sure to ask in the duty free shop if you are not sure), however there are still some local spirits which are reasonably priced in the supermarkets.
Some of the Activities Available in the Area
Jeep Safari will give you an unforgettable adventure and an opportunity to see Turkey in a different way. You will drive the jeep deep into the wonderful landscape of the Toros mountain range along narrow and dusty tracks where you never know what you will see around the corner. You will visit a small remote Turkish village in the mountains for lunch, cool off in a mountain river, see spectacular waterfalls not visible from normal roads, drive along ravines and pine forests - a great day out for all the family and one you will tell your friends about for years to come.
Diving on the Turkish Riviera
Antalya region has the highest number of diving schools in the country & covers many contrasting dive sites. A French military transport ship lies at the entrance to Antalya harbour at a depth of 20-32m, and 1km out from the yacht habour is the wreck of a French battleship which sank in 1942. 200m from the Manavgat there is a American B24 war plane which sank in 1944. Between Lara & Konyaalti beaches there are attractive rock formations and sea life at 14-25m. Underwater you will also find submerged caverns & ancient towns. Full instruction by a qualified PADI instructors for absolute beginners before taking a boat out to a suitable dive site where you will get to dive under instruction in the morning, Then lunch is served either on the boat on a nearby sheltered beach. In the afternoon, you will travel to another dive site for a second dive. A wonderful experience for all who take part. Non-diving partners can also enjoy the day by having a go at snorkling in shallow waters or sunbathing on the boat.
White Water Rafting
Fantastic safe fun for all the family. The trip organisers take you to the Koprylu Canyon National Park in the Toros Mountains, and drops you off by an old Bridge spanning the canyon, this is your start point. From here the fun really starts with over 13km of white water to navigate, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. You are accompanied in your raft by a well-trained, experienced and professional rafting guide on your exciting journey. Each raft holds 8-9 people and life jackets are provided for all and must be worn. Lunch is provided on the river bank (BBQ Buffet style). This whole day activity is one of the most popular trips in the area.
Horse riding through the forest using the trails then going to the beach to trot through the sea, if that sounds like fun then you should try the riding from Bellis Horse riding club, approx 15 mins drive away from the villa and catering for all levels from beginners to experienced riders from 1/2 hour to 1/2 day trips you must try this.
For those seeking an escape from the demands of every day life, the Belek region is ideal for you. The city has magnificent beaches which are safe for children and ideal for topping up your tan. Not a fan of sun bathing? Well the beaches also offer excellent water sports facilities. There are also many 5* hotels from which you can purchase a day pass to avail of all the services they offer. One of which includes the famous Troy water park, providing fun for the young, and the young at heart.
The area is renowned for its superb golfing facilities, boasting over 9 championship golf courses, some designed by the world famous Faldo and Montgomery. If you’re a keen golfer, but the weather is holding you back, the short plane ride is all that stands in your way.
Although Turkey is well known for its hot summers, you may be surprised it also offers ski resorts. Just 50 km north west of Antalya lies the beautiful mountain range of Beyday. The resort of Saklikent, seasons run from December to April. So those seeking the ultimate thrill with the option of sun or snow a retreat to Belek is the perfect location.
Antalya Airport is approx. 35 minute drive to the villa. Transfers to and from the airport can be arranged prior to departure so car hire is not necessary. If however you wish to travel around you can organise car hire via Antalya airport or the Transfer driver can arrange this if you like. Be aware it is likely to be more expensive to hire a car once you have arrived so if you want to get about under your own steam hire the car before you go. Click on Airlines • Car Hire for details of some car hire agencies.
Belek town centre is approximately 10 minutes away from the villa. Antalya City is approximately 35 minutes drive away. Manavgat and the romantic roman town of Side with its ancient ruins and temples / amphitheatre are approximately 35 minutes drive away. Memories to treasure! So much to see and explore a week will not be long enough.
Many of the local banks offer ATM facilities which allow you to draw from your bank account at home. Turkish currency is Lira but many establishments will accept Euro, Bank of England Sterling and Dollars. Shops, bars and restaurants stay open to very late and with the Turkish welcome you won't want to go home.