Belek-Antalya in 2 Days: Discover the best of the Turkish coast with RIU Hotels
During your vacation in Belek you are no doubt intending to enjoy intense days on its beaches, spent soaking up the sun and practicing numerous sports in the water or on land. Either way, we recommend you spend a few days exploring the charm of the Turkish Mediterranean, its impressive archaeological remains, its cities and its natural wonders.
Day 1: The Old Section of Antalya
An interesting option would be to spend at least half a day visiting nearby Antalya, and more specifically its historic district known as “Kaleici”, an oasis of historic buildings in the middle of a large modern city. It contains a maze of winding streets and old buildings. Your visit must include a short stop at the old Roman port which is now a recreational port. If you like to sail, you can make the most of your visit by taking one of the boats which depart from the port to enjoy one of the sea routes which take you by the areas closest to the Turkish coast. Another option is to walk through its beautiful Karaalioglu Park and visit Hidirlik Tower, two spots where you can enjoy the beautiful sea views.
When you return to Belek we suggest you make a stop at the historic village of Perge, which has remains from the Byzantine Empire. Those who are more interested in ancient history, should first visit the Antalya Museum, which contains most of the pieces collected from the site.
Finish off your day enjoying the best gastronomic specialties at the Hotel Riu Kaya Belek and Hotel Riu Kaya Palazzo restaurants, where you will also find excellent night time entertainment programs offered by the RIU hotels in Belek-Antalya.
Day 2: What to See Near Antalya
Enjoying the area's natural beauty is a pleasure which should not be missed by any visitor to Belek-Antalya. We suggest you take an excursion with stops in two of the most beautiful places in the area. After leaving Belek, our first destination is the Kursunlu waterfalls. The falls are located in a nature park through which you can take a wonderful walk to get to know the local flora and fauna first-hand. When you have completed the first visit, continue on your way to the incredible prehistoric cave of Karain Magarasi, where you can admire remains from those who inhabited it during the Paleolithic age.
Another option to bring us in contact with Turkey's natural riches is to embark on one of the multiple hiking trails which run through the Beydag mountain range. The trails have different difficulty levels and for the most adventuresome, certain trails include rock climbing. Likewise, those who are seeking to combine sports and nature have the option of choosing a morning of scuba diving, since there are multiple spots where you can take part in organized immersions together with an expert guide. For beginners, the island of Paloma and for the more advanced the Travetina area.