Glitz, glamour and golf
Belek is the star of the Turkish Riviera – the country’s sun-kissed Mediterranean coast. It’s got a king-sized beach that’s perfectly set up to spend your days on, with neat rows of thatched umbrellas lining the golden sand. There’s an assortment of watersports to try, plus lovely shallow waters that are safe for kids to swim in.
Backing the beach is a line-up of luxe hotels and swish restaurants, and beyond that, you reach golfing country. There are at least eight golf clubs in Belek, including two mammoth 27-hole greens frequented by high-flyers in the sport.
It’s not all glitz and glamour, though; Belek’s town centre has a nice pick of cafés and little shops, plus a weekly traditional bazaar. There are some interesting Roman city walls remaining from the town’s ancient past, while the ancient city of Perge and Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos are a day trip away.
Transfer time from Antalya airport to Belek is approximately 30 minutes.
There are no two ways about it – Turkey is hot. Summers top 30°C, with an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day and virtually no rain. The coast is cooled by sea breezes, which are particularly welcome in the mid-summer months. Spring and autumn are good times to go, averaging a thoroughly beach-ready mid-20s with plenty of sunshine and blue skies.
British citizens need a visa to enter Turkey. It costs 20 US dollars, and you can apply online. Your Trusted Adviser can let you know how.
In restaurants in Turkey it’s common to leave 10-15% as a tip, unless service charge is included – make sure you check your bill carefully. Round up the fare when paying your taxi driver, although it’s not necessary to tip a dolmus driver. In the very popular Turkish baths, you should tip the masseuse between 10-20%.
The official language of Turkey is Turkish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.