The Antalya region of Turkey has been rising in profile in recent years, with holidaymakers flocking to the sun and sand of the Mediterranean coast to enjoy a summer holiday at a lower cost than many other European destinations.
The area has benefitted from increased tourism and reduced fares on flights to Antalya, and has also incorporated new facilities, such as world-class golf clubs like the one in the Belek resort.
“Belek’s courses are on a par with the major courses on the Algarve, but far cheaper to play on and set alongside well-maintained beaches,” Paul Creamer, head pro at Milford Golf Club in Surrey, told the Daily Mail.
The Antalya region has been referred to as Europe’s fastest growing destinations for golf holidays, and currently hosts 21 of the 27 golf courses found in Turkey, making it a must-see for enthusiasts of the sport wishing to visit the Mediterranean country.
The article also highlights the opening of the luxurious Mardan Palace in Antalya, which is one of the most expensive resort hotels in the world. The launch party of the resort attracted many Western celebrities, including many Hollywood ‘A-listers.’
However, the size and history of Antalya indicates that many will still enjoy an authentically Turkish experience there, as a visit to the city centre will reveal far more local residents than those on their holidays.
With many package deals to Antalya currently being offered year-round, as well as a moderate winter climate and friendly locals, Antalya looks set to rival other Turkish holiday favourites, such as Istanbul.