For those golf lovers amongst you, I’m sure you will already have heard of Belek, found on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey it’s a golfer’s paradise as this world class golf resort offers modern, upmarket and championship golf courses suitable for all.
There has been rapid growth in this area within the last 15 years and golf tourists to Belek are now similar in numbers to the golfers who visit the Algarve in Portugal.
Golfing holidays bring in big money and those who have invested in the Belek area have seen great returns on their investment by way of renting their properties out especially to those on a golfing holiday. There are some very reasonable golfing packages which include discounted green fees and many of the shops, bars and restaurants around the resort offer discounts too which makes buying in Belek very attractive.
Not only are there some fabulous apartments, townhouses and villas close by to the golf courses, they are also close to the wonderful palm fringed beaches and they stretch around 10 km along this coastline, so if you are a family of beach lovers and die-hard golfers everyone is happy. Tourists visit from all over the world and the closest international airport is Antalya, it’s currently Turkey’s second busiest airport and a mere 30 minutes from the centre of Belek making it an ideal transfer time. If you fancy holidaying outside of the Belek area you can also stay in the picturesque family resort of Side which is only 30 minutes away or visit the ever popular Alanya which is around 75 minutes away.
Belek is an ideal location for all it has its own unique charm which distinguishes itself from other regions in Turkey. For the sporty it’s not only golf which tourists can partake in there are tennis courts, some are floodlit and horse riding is a firm favourite either along the beach or along mountain trails through pine forests. Why not try your hand at sailing or windsurfing, perhaps even water skiing? There are plenty of other water sports and even leisurely boat trips, football, gyms and even a spa to soothe your aching muscles. Fancy a swim with the dolphins? Or spend the day at the local water parks.
For other days out experiencing the natural wonders of the area, you could visit the Kursunlu Waterfalls, where you can walk behind the cascade. Also within a short drive are the Manavgat Waterfalls, one of Turkey’s best-known waterfalls, and the Duden Waterfalls, which plunge into the sea on the outskirts of Antalya. It is also said that if staying in Belek in February and March, you can ski in the morning and swim in the Med in the afternoon as the Saklikent skiing centre is only 1.5 hours away from the resort!
For shopping, Belek’s centre has excellent restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shops with souvenirs, including leather goods and jewellery. Give Belek a try this summer; I’m sure you will return again and again!