Belek is a small, luxurious resort of Turkey, yet is world famous and on the mainstream travel and property market, its name stretches far across the globe. As one of 66 neighbourhoods belonging to the Serik district, many foreigners have never heard of Serik but know all about Belek.
It’s hard work and dedication paid off to make it Turkey’s golfing capital, having hosted the Turkish Airlines’s World Golf final, and many famous players like Tiger Woods and Barack Obama. It is also a leader of five-star hospitality in 30 plus coastal spa and wellness hotels and hosted the G20 summit in 2016, which saw discerning leaders from many countries enjoying its delights.
Outside of tourism, the population drops to 7000 residents but come May; many holiday companies sell all-inclusive resort holidays to Belek so this number expands as tourists descend to enjoy its delights and the Mediterranean Sea.
All About Belek: Golfing Capital of Turkey
Where is Belek in Turkey?
Belek sits on the picturesque west coast of Turkey, also known as the Mediterranean or in the sailing world, the turquoise coast that offers breath-taking views. Its part of the Turkish Riviera and belongs to the large Antalya province. Getting there is easy via the state-of-the-art Antalya airport that operates flights all year round from other countries.
It also sits aside the main D400 highway running from east to south of Turkey, making it quick to get to via road. If coming in by sea, Setur Antalya marina is just an hour’s drive away. As a leading chain for marinas in Turkey, yacht owners from all over the world admire their top-notch service.
Belek Town Centre: Where All the Action is
As the primary hub, the town centre, landmark mosque, and its tree-lined streets are everything a holiday destination should be. Emphasising the tremendous Turkish outdoors, restaurants serving a variety of Turkish and international menus make a roaring trade, as do bars offering a relaxed nightlife style.
There is a decent amount of shops but just a short bus ride away in Antalya city centre, are some of Turkey’s best shopping malls where you can spend your cash, dine, and be entertained all under one roof.
7 Fun Things to do in Belek
Kursunlu Waterfall: This beautiful natural landmark, a 30-minute drive away, is home to many species of birds, and is one of Antalya’s top visited attractions.
Perge Ancient City: Combine a trip to Kursunlu with a journey into Antalya’s history by visiting Perge ancient city sitting close by. Saint Paul held his first sermons here, and it’s a delight to explore.
Aspendos: Aspendos commands worldwide fame for its 2000-year-old amphitheatre seating up to 15,000 people. Many classical concerts are also held here.
Go Beachside: Belek’s reputation for spotless beaches means anyone seeking a blue flag stretch of sand will find it here. Umbrellas and sunbeds are available to rent by the hour, and water sports enthusiasts should head to the beach park, for water-skis, jet skis, parasailing and more.
Kaleici Old Town: Catch the bus into Antalya city centre, and visit Kaleici, the old town that stands impressive with Hadrian’s gate as its entrance. Cobbled streets portray perfect examples of traditional old houses, while the harbour front is an ideal place to eat.
Koprulu Canyon: Mostly known for white water rafting, this 500-hectare canyon also offers lovers of the great outdoors, some ideal hiking routes, and the chance to spot much flora and fauna living within the protected area.
Land of Legends Theme Park: As Turkey’s equivalent of America’s Disneyland, Land of Legends theme park offers families, the chance to indulge in a fairy-tale, shopping, water world rides, themed attractions and much more.
About Golf Tourism in Belek
While the primary tourist season runs from May to October, championship golf courses open all year round so even hard-core enthusiasts can practise their swing. Gaining a reputation as being on par with Portugal and Spain, world-class pros designed some golf courses that include night-time games.
You don’t have to be experienced to visit them because most have onsite schools and private instructors. According to Trip Advisor, the top five golf courses are Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Carya, Sueno, Cornelia and Gloria golf.
About Belek’s Real Estate Market
For foreign house sales, Belek grabs buyers’ attention with a modern real estate market consisting of apartments and villas for sale. Some foreigners purchased property and now live there all year round, while buy-to-let investors often look towards golf and spa tourism for rental income.
A big lure for golfing fans, is despite international fame, buying property is a fraction of the cost in other golfing hotspots like Spain and Portugal. Also, since Belek has only shot to prominence over the last decade, most homes for sale are new build featuring Turkish designed architecture.
Find out more about properties for sale by browsing our portfolio here, or if you are in the Antalya region and want to view homes for sale, use the chat messaging feature to arrange a viewing date and time.
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