Old and new sit happily side by side in Belek, an idyllic spot where the treasures of ancient Turkey blend into a modern and stylish resort...
Travellers have been drawn to this part of the world for centuries. You have only to look at the huge Aspendos amphitheatre that has stood here for 1,800 years to know that past civilisations also knew a beautiful holiday spot when they saw one.
Not that they played golf – there are a dozen excellent courses now around Belek. Despite its long reputation as a place of rest and relaxation, Belek is also fast becoming known as an adventure sports centre. Active types can try their hands at adrenalin-boosting sports such as rafting, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing or mountain-climbing during holidays in Belek.
Shopping locally is also a joy, with several charming Turkish markets offering up a wealth of goods and locally made handicrafts. What's more, whether you work up an appetite hanging off a cliff face or trawling round the shops, Belek's many restaurants will be waiting to beckon you inside. Local fish dishes and kebabs are particularly tasty and should be tried at least once while you’re there. Livelier nightlife is also available to round off the evening: Belek has a handful of clubs that are worth checking out.
When it comes to sleeping, Belek, some 30 minutes from Antalya International Airport (AYT), has a good range of quality hotels. There are villas on the outskirts of the town or country clubs further afield.
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Holidays to Belek are popular between spring and autumn, when the sun beats down on the coast of Turkey...
The Mediterranean climate of Belek means plenty of sunshine all year round, with summer days often exceeding 30C and warm evening temperatures of around 19C. Expect 15C or 16C highs in winter, falling overnight to 6C.
Cheap holidays to Belek are available throughout the year. If you can, avoid July and August and you might find an even better deal on holidays in Belek.
From greased-up men to tutu-clad dancers, the calendar of annual events in and around Belek is as diverse as it is fun-filled...
Greasy Men's Wrestling Festival; May: This aptly named annual spectacle is one of the biggest wrestling events in the country. Competitors from all over Turkey get oiled up and tackle their opponents to the ground at this fun event, which includes feasts, games and entertainment for all the family.
Alanya Beach Volleyball Tournament; June: Just nine miles down the road from Belek, the town of Alanya hosts this brilliant international competition every June. Go along to watch the teams of scantily clad athletes vying for supremacy.
Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival; June/July: Each year the ancient Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos hosts one of the most magical theatrical events in the country. Visit at night to appreciate the full spectacle.
Belek is a great destination for all holidaymakers. You can be as active or as restful as you like on this stretch of the Turkish Riviera...
Relaxing: The sand is white and the sea a remarkable deep turquoise. All you need to do is lie back and enjoy the tranquillity.
Active types: Take a trek through the pine forest to the stunning natural beauty spot of the Kursunlu Waterfalls. There are plenty of shady spots along the way for picnics.
Grown-up families: Head to nearby Antalya, where the whole family will be fascinated by the historic cobbled streets and magnificent Hadrian's Gate.