The swimming pool at the villa for rent in Belek, Turkey
Places to see

Tourist attractions within travelling distance of the villa in Belek.

Pronounced see-day, Side is one of Turkey's gems: quaint, historic and yet full of modern delights. The town sits on a headland edged by fine, sandy beaches, all offering numerous boat trips, watersports, bars, eateries and clubs. When you feel in a shopping or cultural mood, the old town is woven with colourful alleyways heaving with jewellery and carpet shops, as well as an ancient Roman amphitheatre and temple ruins, all within the crumbling city walls. The cosmopolitan newer resort centre offers countless more shops and restaurants and there are also many ancient sites nearby to visit. Journey time from Belek is approximately 40 minutes

At Perge there are extensive ruins including the ruins of the ancient theatre (capacity 12,000 people) it's stage having marble reliefs depicting the life of Dionysos; a U shaped stadium for 12,000 people; remains of the first church built in Perge, an agora, which has dimensions of 76x76 m. It's surrounded by Corinthian columns, in the middle of it there is a round temple of Tyche (2nd century A.D.); a basilica - another structure from the Christian Era with three entrances, a good example of a Roman Bath in the southern part of the city, and Hellenistic gates. Journey time from Belek is approximately 20 minutes.

Located beside the river Eurymedon (Köprüçay), Aspendos is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheatre built in the 2nd century AD with a capacity of 15,000 people. Still used today for performances and festivals, the theater's galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to its architect Xenon's success. Next to the stage there is a small room that is used as a small museum where you can see some of the masks and clay tickets. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora and one of the largest aqueducts in Anatolia. Here you can visit also the acropolis of the city with a great view of the river. Many lovely restaurants can also be found along the banks of the river. Journey time from Belek is approximately 15 minutes.

Antalya is an attractive city with shady palm-lined boulevards and a marina on the Mediterranean. The city is a mix of old and new with the picturesque old quarter, Kaleici, having narrow winding streets and old wooden houses with a path to the harbour. There is a historic bazaar (carsi) known for its many shops, especially those selling jewelry, belts and other items, as well as finer, more delicate modern work. Here you will also be able to lay your hands on beautiful handmade carpets and kilims.

Hadrian's Gate is one of the best preserved monuments in the area, built in 130 A.D. to honour the Emperor Hadrian. The city walls enclosed the outside of the gate and it was not used for many years, only when the walls collapsed was it revealed. The upper part of the Gate has three apertures in the shape of a cupola, and are built entirely of white marble.

Antalya Museum (Antalya Muzesi) - More than 5,000 archaeological works are displayed in 14 exhibit halls. The exhibitions represent the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Heliolithic, and Bronze Ages. Grand statues of Zeus, Apollo, Athena, and Aphrodite can be viewed in the Roman Room, and the Sarcophagus Gallery houses a rich exhibition of intricately carved tombs. The Museum also devotes an entire room to coins (in chronological display), representing 2,500 years of Anatolian history.

Journey time from Belek is approximately 20 minutes.

Sillyon was built on an ellipse-shaped table-like plateau rising above the flat plain. Due to its location the surrounding areas can easily be seen, and in fact the view stretches as far as the Mediterranean. Some of its interesting sights are the stadium, gymnasium, turrets, Seljuk mosque, the theatre whose proscenium is buried under rocks, and the sports arena. Journey time from Belek is approximately 30 minutes.

Built at a height of 1050 meters in the Taurus Mountains, Termessos has a large number of rare plants and animal species, which are protected in the Termessos National Park. A visit to this site requires time and stamina to walk uphill, due to the mountainous terrain. Some of the remains found there are the walls, Hadrian's triumphal arch, cisterns, theatre, and gymnasium. Among the tombs (which are scattered far and wide) those of Alcetas, Agatemeros and the Lion decorated sarcophagi, can be seen.

Pamukkale literally means 'cotton castle' and is aptly named for the exquisite travertine terraces, a vast white cliff side with scallop-shaped basins of water and frozen waterfalls. Hot thermal springs pour down the hillside depositing calcium carbonate, which solidifies as travertine to create this unique landscape. Around 4 hours drive, overnight tours including hotel accommodation can be arranged.

The ruins of the ancient city of Myra consist of an impressive necropolis and adjacent Roman theatre and are located at about 1.5 km north of present day Kale - Demre. The well preserved Roman theatre of Myra is large with 35 consecutive rows of seats. The facade of the amphitheatre was richly decorated with theatrical masks and mythological scenes. To the west of the theatre the steep cliff is honeycombed with closely packed tombs, most of them of the Lycian house-type.

Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site famous for it's 'fairy chimney's, cones and strange rock formations have been sculpted by wind and rain while subterranean towns were excavated by a populace seeking shelter from conquerors. Overnight tours including hotel accommodation can be arranged.

The ruins at Side near the villa in Belek, Turkey
The ruins at nearby Side

Antalya Old Town near the villa in Belek, Turkey
Antalya Old Town

The Roman Amphitheatre at Perge, near the villa for rent in Belek
The Roman Amphitheatre at Perge

Yivli Minaret, Antalya near the villa in Belek, Turkey
Yivli Minaret, Antalya