Belek is known for its excellent Golf Courses and for the numerous resort hotels that have been built to serve this rapidly expanding genre of tourist visitors to Turkey - Golf Tourists. Over a dozen golf courses have been built and there are still more courses still slated for development in the future. The Belek area is ideal for not only golf holidays, but for anyone seeking pristine nature on a sunny Mediterranean coast home to miles upon miles of beautiful beaches. Belek is a holiday golf oriented resort town situated in the Serik district in the Antalya Province of Turkey. An very popular holiday golfing destination, Belek is one of the focal points of the Turkish tourism industry and is home to numerous resort hotels, within convenient distance from over a dozen golf courses as well as numerous other tourist accommodations, services and entertainment facilities. Belek has developed as holiday destination focused on golf and has become one of the top Turkish golf destinations with world-class golf courses for both the novice and the expert. Aside from golfing, Belek also provides you the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of water sports like wind surfing, water skiing, sailing and rafting. There are numerous white sand beaches in and near Belek with many beach resorts set amidst exhilorating views of pristine forests with rivers flowing out of them from the Taurus Mountains. The water at the seaside is calm, allowing children to play safely while their parents spend a carefree day at the beach. Belek offers everything that holiday visitors could desire with its blue flag beaches, golf courses, natural surroundings with unique flora and fauna and interesting historical sites within close proximity. Enjoying over 300 sunshine filled days, low humidity and fresh clean sea air, Belek is a cold weather dwellers holiday paradise.
Antalya International Airport has flights all year round with charter flights from the UK, Europe and other international cities. Antalya International Airport is the third largest airport in Turkey and is only a 20 minutes away from Belek. One of the advantages of a holiday in Belek is that it is centrally located for short trips to other points of interest in the province of Antalya. From Belek a holiday visitor can visit the ancient city of Perge, only 18 kilometers from Antalya, where St. Paul is said to have preached some of his first sermons. The Köprülü National Park is quick a day trip from Belek. The Köprülü Canyon (Turkish: Köprülü Kanyon) is a canyon and a National Park in the Province of Antalya, Turkey declared a national park by the Ministry of Forestry in 1973. This canyon is 400 meters deep in places and stretches for 14 kilometers along the Köprü River. At the Köprülü Canyon rest area there are restaurants serving traditional Turkish cuisine and fresh local trout. The Roman Oluklu Bridge (Turkish: Olukluköprü) over the canyon and the Bugrum Bridge over the Kocadere River were engineering marvels of the time when they were built. To get there go northeast out of Antalya on the road to Side. Take the turn off for Taşağıl and Beşkonak to take the scenic route that leads to Köprülü Canyon National Park. The road criss-crosses over the clear, flowing water of a mountain river and passes through virgin forests and beautiful waterfalls. Reaching the park after driving 92 kilometers from Antalya, visitors reach a valley of incomparable beauty that is rich in flora and fauna. Only in the Belek area can you play golf, sunbathe at the beach and then drive for an hour and thirty minutes to go skiing at Saklikent Ski Resort. To reach Saklıkent Ski Centre just drive 37 kilometers from the warm beautiful coast of Antalya, passing through orange and pomegranate groves on the E87 highway northwest of Antalya. The nearby town of Kumköy offers a variety of amenities such as its local shopping centers, golf courses and restaurants. Kumköy is a sea-side resort situated behind a beautiful long beach with very fine sand.
The Kurşunlu Waterfall is a great day trip when visiting Belek. The Kurşunlu Waterfall (Turkish: Kurşunlu Şelalesi) is located 19 kilometers from Antalya on one of the tributaries of the Aksu River in a fragrant pine forest. There are over 100 bird species living by the waterfall which is reduced to a mere trickle during the months of July and August. There is hidden cave at the back of the waterfall which is also a popular place for visitors to explore. It is little smaller then the Duden Waterfall but much nicer due to its natural surroundings. The path to the waterfall is on well kept natural walkways making the walk to the waterfall a very pleasant one. Situated only 20 minutes from the center of Antalya, the surrounding area offers plenty of walking opportunities, especially along the Aksu River. While the falls are more of a trickle in the summer months, it is sometimes possible to spot trout and turtles in the pools that form below them. The history of Belek dates back to 4th Century BC. Over the ages, it has come under Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine and Seljuk rule, which has had a large influence on its cultural and architectural character. When King Attalos II handed the territory over to the Romans in 133BC, the Roman influence became predominant and found expression in the architecture of large buildings, a stadium, gymnasium, turrets, mosques and the many theatres that were built during that period. Near Belek there is the Hellenistic city of Perge, which is rated second only to Ephesus and the great amphitheater of Aspendos that still today can hold over 15,000 people. Perga was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia and the capital of Pamphylia.
Today it is a large historical site of ancient ruins 15 kilometers east of Antalya on the coastal plain that is home to an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. During the Hellenistic period, Perga was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world - famous for the Temple of Artemis. It also is notable for being the home of the renowned ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perga. The ancient Aspendos amphitheatre which holds 20,000 people is over 2000 years old and still hosts open air ballet and opera festivals today. The Roman ruins at Perge are among the best preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Perga is today is an archaeological site as well as a major tourist attraction. Ancient Perge, one of the chief cities of Pamphylia, was situated between the rivers Catarrhactes (Turkish: Duden sou) and Cestrus (Turkish: Ak sou), about 11.1 kilometers from the mouth of the latter. Today the site is in the modern Turkish village of Murtana on the Suridjik River, a tributary of the Cestrus, formerly in the Ottoman vilayet of Konia. Its ruins include a theatre, a palæstra, a temple of Artemis as well as two churches. Tour guides often tell the story that Perga is the birthplace of beer which they allege was discovered by accident, but recent finds of evidence of Pharaonic beer predate the city by a considerable number of years.
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