Sands & Stories: Diving into the Mystical Worlds of Belek and Side

On the picturesque coast of Turkey's Mediterranean, Belek and Side emerge as luminous beacons of cultural heritage and natural beauty. As you tread their sandy shores, every grain seems to whisper tales from ancient times, while the modern resorts stand testament to Turkey's foray into contemporary luxury. Mystical Worlds of Belek and Side

Belek & Side: Where Aegean Dreams Meet Mediterranean Magic

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Delve deeper, and you'll find more than just vacation spots; these are living museums. From the echoing amphitheaters of Belek to the age-old temples of Side, history is ever-present. Yet, the charm of bustling markets, world-class amenities, and the ever-inviting sea ensure that the present moment is just as captivating. Welcome to a journey where timelines intertwine, and every step is an adventure.


Location of Belek and Side on Turkey Map

Nestled in the province of Antalya, both Belek and Side offer visitors panoramic views of the azure Mediterranean. Belek, though more inland, is surrounded by lush pine forests, enhancing its verdant charm. Side, taking pride in its position on a peninsula, offers a unique blend of land and sea, where the waves kiss ancient ruins.


Temple of Apollo

Belek: Beyond its contemporary image as a luxury resort town, Belek has historical layers dating back to the Hellenistic period. Ancient roads, aqueducts, and bridges highlight its significance as a past crossroad.

Side: Founded by the Greeks and later dominated by the Romans, Side's ruins tell tales from epochs long past. Its archaeological sites are a maze of ancient history waiting to be explored.


Golf Course and Hotel

Tourism is the lifeblood of both towns.

Belek: Often referred to as the "Golfing Mecca of Turkey", Belek boasts of numerous internationally recognized golf resorts. Its luxury hotels and resorts are another significant economic pillar.

Side: Besides tourism, Side thrives on local handicrafts, artisanal products, and fisheries. The bustling markets and souvenir shops offer travelers a slice of local life and crafts.


Side Antalya Street People

By 2023, the combined population of Belek and Side hovers around the 30,000 mark. However, during peak tourist seasons, this number can easily double, thanks to the influx of international and local tourists.


Antalya Belek Dessert Table

The gastronomic delights of these towns are heavily influenced by the Mediterranean.

Local Delicacies: Fresh seafood platters, 'Mezes' featuring the likes of 'Hummus' and 'Tzatziki', and the ever-popular 'Shish Kebabs' are must-tries.

Sweet Treats: Don't leave without tasting 'Baklava' and 'Künefe', two dessert staples.

Beverages: Enjoy a glass of 'Raki', Turkey's iconic anise-flavored drink, ideally with a plate of Mezes.


Antalya City Public Transport Taxi

The primary gateway is Antalya Airport, linking both towns to international and domestic destinations. Within the towns, minibuses ('dolmus') offer local connectivity, while taxis are perfect for more personalized travel. For adventurous souls, bike and car rentals are available.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Belek & Side

1. Aspendos Amphitheater (Belek)

Aspendos Amphitheater (Belek)

This Roman masterpiece, still hosting events, offers a journey back in time with its majestic architecture.

2. Temple of Apollo (Side):

Temple of Apollo (Side)

The pillars of this ancient temple, against the backdrop of a setting sun, create a mesmerizing spectacle.

3. Side Museum

Side Museum

Set in a restored Roman bath, it's a treasure trove of artifacts and sculptures.

4. Troy Aqua Park (Belek)

Troy Aqua Park (Belek)

Beyond the slides and pools, it's the ambiance that captivates visitors here.

5. Belek Beach Park

Belek Beach Park

Beyond relaxation, this destination offers a variety of water sports.

6. Manavgat Waterfall (Near Side)

Manavgat Waterfall (Near Side)

The roar of water cascading is both visually and audibly enthralling.

7. Titreyengöl (Side)

Titreyengöl (Side)

The tranquility of this lake offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle.

8. The Land of Legends Theme Park (Belek)

The Land of Legends Theme Park (Belek)

A fantastical journey awaits with themed rides and captivating shows.

9. Side Old Town

Side Old Town

The heart of Side, where ancient architecture meets modern cafes and shops.

10. Belek Public Beach

Belek Public Beach

Miles of golden sands paired with crystal clear waters, making it a haven for sun-seekers.

With the whispers of ancient legends still lingering in the air and the modern vibrancy touching every experience, our journey through Belek and Side comes to a close. These towns, each a masterpiece of nature and history, have painted a rich tapestry of memories that will remain etched in our minds. While the landscapes and ruins are undeniably mesmerizing, it's the soul of these places—the lively bazaars, the locals' laughter, and the soft lullabies of the Mediterranean—that truly binds us to them. As we bid farewell, remember that every ending is but an invitation to return. Here's to more sunsets, more stories, and another rendezvous in these enchanting coastal gems. Until our paths cross again, cherish the spirit of Belek and Side, where the past and present dance in perfect harmony.

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Author: Arif Cagrici