Information & Facts
Belek has become a premier golf centre in Turkey and boasts over
eight championship golf courses, catering for all levels of player,
and was recently featured as one of
theplaces to go in Golf World's Golf Escapes 2007
supplement. Besides golfing, Belek also offers a wide range of
adventure sports like wind surfing, water skiing, sailing, rafting
and mountain climbing to enjoy on holiday. Belek's beaches have
very calm water, making it ideal for small children. The
neighbouring beach resort of Side is also worth a visit, with a 2nd
century theatre and Roman Baths, and further afield Antalya has
museums, a beautifully preserved old town, and is a good day-out
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
Many shopkeepers can hassle you upon entering their store. If
you are not interested, give a polite, yet firm 'no'.
The nightlife in Belek is largely limited to the large hotels,
many of which have their own nightclubs, bars and entertainment.
There are one or two popular clubs, however, including the large
Club 29 on the waterfront.
There is a limited choice of restaurants in Belek with most
holiday visitors eating in their hotels, but the village of Kadriye
is just two miles (4km) away, and easily reached by dolmus, and has
a selection of shops, bars and restaurants. The nearby city of
Antalya, 22 miles (35km) away, offers many restaurants which serve
up some of the best of local Turkish food. Adana Ockbkbasi is a new
restaurant in Belek well worth a visit for its special Turkish fish
and kebab dishes. Coco Bar, serving the tastiest lamb shish kebabs
around and featuring a cosy open-air terrace from which diners can
watch the world go by, is rated as one of the friendliest
restaurants in town by tourists and locals alike.
Most of the large Belek hotels have shops selling curios and
holiday souvenirs, and the town has some lively street markets that
are the perfect place to sample freshly cooked food and do a spot
of gift shopping. There is also a huge bazaar every Saturday where
shoppers can haggle to their heart's content. Holiday makers can
head to the old town of Antalya for more extensive shopping.