Close your eyes and imagine a turquoise sea in front of you, bordered with trees in all shades of green…Belek is a unique natural paradise, waiting to be discovered. A place where history meets the colours of nature. Belek not only is a place to spend your vacation but unites the specific characteristics of the entire Mediterranean region.Belek is situated approximately 30 km from the city center of Antalya. On its 17 km long sand coast, there are numerous five-star hotels, mostly on large grounds. These hotels, designed with respect to the surrounding nature, promise you holidays according your wishes. Belek is considered the golfing paradise of Turkey. On exclusive golf courts even beginners to this sport can become golf addicts.Belek not only is witness to countless civilizations but also is a place where the natural diversity of species of the Mediterranean countries can be admired the most effectively. Botanic researches found 574 plant species, 29 of them endemic plants (that can only be found in Turkey) and one regional endemic plant (that can only be found in Belek), the Serik pear (Pyrus serikensis). Researches found in Belek more than 38 mammal species, more than 100 bird species, more than 30 reptile species and more than 51 invertebrate species. One of the most important natural characteristics of Belek is its being breeding place for the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtles.Discover a place full of natural beauty, in all shades of blue and green…
The Plant Paradise Belek
Plants in harmony with the soil, plants colouring the soil in many colours.While the diversity of plants is at 12.000 plant specis in whole Europe, there are 9.000 plant species in Turkey alone. This proves, how huge the diversity of species is in Turkey.It is known, that especially the Region of Antalya has not been explored entirely in this regard. Plants are one of the most important components of nature, as they regulate the ecologycal system and offer many properties that allow other species to survive.Endemic plants only grow in certain regions in the World. With regard to their ecologycal and physiological properties they are mostly unique.Therefore regions, where endemic plants grow naturally, should benefit from priority when its about being declared as conservation area, as they are the biological heritage of humanity. In Mediterranean countries there are 600 endemic plant species (that can only be admired in certain regions of the World), 500 of them can be admired in and around Antalya. Moreover, researches show, that there are more than 118 precious plant species, more than 40 of them are specific for Belek, 6 of them (as the Serik pear) can only be seen in Antalya. Researches of BETUYAB found that the number of ecologically aware tourists has increased as the understanding of environmentally-friendly tourism has. On an international level, this change has equally been noticed. In the years 1995-1996 the Belek Coast Plan has been created by the Association for the Protection of Life of the World Bank and the support of officials with the aim to protect and develop the natural and cultural environment. BETUYAB not only protect the environment but also makes it more beautiful.
Birds’ Paradise Belek
Belek is meeting point for the creatures of nature with a beautiful voice. You will never forget, waking up with the concert of these birds. In Belek, there are more than 100 bird species. In a World, where the understanding of quality holidays changes, it becomes increasingly important, to spend holidays in harmony with nature. Increasing environmental pollution, fewer green areas and increasing permeation of technology in our society awaken the wish, to be near again to nature. For those, who feel this wish, ecological tourism offers everything the heart may desire. With its nature and modern hotels, Belek is one of the most important places for ecological tourism. With its characteristics and well planned constructions, the natural beauty of the region is maintained. The natural surrounding of life and its continuity are protected here. Researches found more than 38 mammal species and more than 100 bird species in Belek. This makes Belek to a perfect place for ornithology, as many bird species overwinter here, too.In the context of these researches of the Belek Tourism Centre (BETUYAB), all these bird species that are part of Beleks natural beauty, are monitored and registered in their natural habitat.