SIDE BELEK ANTALYA

About ‘Side’

Side, is the closest resort to our clinic just a few minutes drive away by car. Pronounced “See day” is one of the most attractive and popular resorts in Turkey.  Once an ancient harbour whose name means Pomegranate, the old town is stunningly located on a promentary with the sea on either side. 300 metres wide and 800 metres long and today with the high street leading down to the harbour full of local tour boats and local fishermen alike. Despite tourism development, the old town still remains the most unique and charming resort on Turkeys southern coast due to strict building restrictions and retains many of its original features including its architecture, a museum, Turkish agora,  baths, aquaduct, and archaeological sites. The entrance to the town itself marked by a dramatic archway and amphitheatre which is home to Summer shows and theatre. During the summer months traffic is restricted to early mornings through the old town with the rest of the day available to pedestrians only.

This region has one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in the Mediterranean and makes an ideal place for recovering, and a  relaxing place for anyone travelling with you, beach lovers, families and those looking for a holiday home in the sun. At some points along the coast, the mountains drop dramatically  into the sea and at others, the beaches have become conservation areas and nature reserves and others, like Side, have clean beaches that have remained some of the best in Turkey. The golf resort of Belek is just 20 minutes drive away for any golfing partners.

Of all the resorts on the Turkish Riviera, Side is an ideal choice for your cosmetic surgery holiday because it is the perfect place to relax and recuperate.  Unlike some of the other areas, Side is compact and cosy and you will not feel overwhelmed by the high level of tourism experienced in many other Turkish resorts.

Situated on the the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, protected from the cool northern winds, Side enjoys one of the the best climates in Turkey.  Warm winters and 300 sunny days a year offer a wonderful, healthy climate which will enhance your feeling of well-being and aid the recovery process.

Side has a wide selection of bars and restaurants throughout the resort and on the beaches.  Believed to be the best cuisine in the world the ingredients of Turkish cuisine are predominantly fruit and vegetables and salads   The Turkish people in Side are extremely helpful and friendly and will cater for your every need when you are dining out, which you can do for very reasonable prices.

Side is ideally situated for  for Antalya Airport to which there are regular, all-year-round flights from the UK.  When you arrive at the ultra modern airport there is no need to travel  long distances from the airport.  Side is a mere 45 minutes away by car.

About Belek

The resort of Belek is just a 20 minute drive away from our clinic along the coastal road, just 30 minutes drive from the historic city of Antalya and even closer to the international airport. The resort itself has been chosen as a priority area of development to offer the best mix of attractions for tourists, not just for today but for the next thousand years. The atmosphere, scenery, beaches, local history, architectural ruins and of course, golf, all add up to make an international exclusive tourism centre. Belek now offers everything you could want from a holiday region – blue flag beaches, stunning natural surroundings, golf courses, and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, nightlife and year round activities.

The area of Belek enjoys some of the best year round weather of the Mediterranean with short mild winters and long hot summers.

Recently voted top European golf resort Belek,has created a natural environment  for species of plants and birds with the golf clubs grouped in two parts separated  by a ten minute drive with most of the hotels in between. The golf courses are set amongst acres of pine forests, natural vegetation and miles of clean sandy beaches making Belek the golfing capital of the area and it is growing in popularity attracting major players themselves such as Colin Montgomery.  There are 8 PGA approved golf courses here with 3 more in progress and more planned. Each course offers views of the Mediterranean sea or the Toros mountains.  . In planning, the golf courses the architects took into special account the wishes and expectations of European golfers. The perfect sight of the golf courses present the wonderful panorama and landscape of the neighbourhood while providing the golf players with terrific golf pleasure and struggle. Some annex fields are being planned for the development of the golf facilities.

If your partner or your friends are keen golfers what better way for them to enjoy their holiday while you are recuperating than playing a round on the one of the golf on some of the best golf courses in the world. Alternatively to enjoy time on the uncrowded beaches and enjoy the amenities of the newly built Belek Beach Park.  Or enjoy excursions to many of the nearby historical sites which abound in the region.

Belek is also a bird paradise as well where the camouflaged owl can be tracked 12 months of the year and is the symbol of the Belek region and where 109 different bird species including the Tyto Alba live. Belek on Turkey’s shores is one of 17 regions where “caretta caretta” turtles prefer to lay their eggs.

Belek is ideally sited for access to Antalya airport and is a mere 20 minutes away by car.  When you come on one of our cosmetic holiday packages you will be picked up from Antalya airport and transported directly to your accommodation and returned to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

About Antalya

Antalya (Turkish pronunciation: [an’talja]) is a city on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is Turkey’s biggest international sea resort,
located on the Turkish Riviera. Antalya was the world’s fourth most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, with 10.5 million annual visitors.

Shopping
New & modern shopping centres are abundent in Antalya city centre and surrounding areas. Great factory outlet prices, open air markets, gift shops and small
local shops selling traditional handcrafts are spread widely over the entire Antalya.

Average Prices in Antalya

Snack – delicous kebab £2.00/ €2.30

Soft Drink – ayran /fresh juice £1.00/ €1.15

3 Course local Meal £7.00/ €8.00

Beer £2.00/ €2.30

Local bus trip £1.20/ €1.50

History
In Antiquity, the coastal region where Antalya is located was known as “Pamphylia”, and prehistoric artefacts have been found here that date back to the Paleolithic Era. These lands are regarded as the area known in the Hittite Period as Arzava. The “Migration of Nations” which led to the destruction of the Hittite Empire towards the end of the 13th century BC resulted in the rise of a political structure consisting of city states in Antalya and its environs. From 560 to 546, the region was
dominated by the Lydians, and then by the Persians, who had overthrown the Lydian State, until Alexander the Great subdued Anatolia in 334-333 BC. After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, the region came under the control of one of his generals, Antigonos, and it was ruled respectively by the Ptolemies and Seleucids after the battle of Ipsos in 301. King Attalos of Pergamum founded the city of “Attaleia” in the 2nd century BC in order to secure the southern and south-western shores of
his kingdom and to create a naval base. Attaleia was independent for a short time following the fall of the Kingdom of Pergamum in 133 BC, but then fell into the hands of pirates. It was later incorporated into the Roman Empire in 77 BC. An important seaport, Attaleia hosted such figures as Pompeius in 67 BC, and Hadrian in 130 AD. The possession of the city was juggled between the Seljuks and Byzantines from the 7th century onward until Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev made the city a part of the Seljuk Empire in 1207. Eventually Antalya was added to the Ottoman Empire by Yıldırım Beyazıt in 1391. The city significantly advanced in architecture and culture during both the Seljuk and Ottoman periods.

An ancient legend tells about the founding of Antalya: One day Attalos II summoned his servants and dispersed them on the four winds, saying, “Go and find me a place so beautiful that all the kings and rulers will covet it; go and find me the paradise on earth.” For months, the soldiers travelled to lands far and wide, and though they encountered many beautiful places, they could not find a place whose heavenly beauty could satisfy their king. That is, until they arrived in the lands where today’s Antalya is… Confronted with natural beauty in such abundance, they were convinced that this was the paradise that their king had described. They returned to Pergamum expeditiously to tell their king that they had found the paradise. Afterwards, Attalos naturally wanted to see the area for himself and followed his soldiers on a journey to the shores of the Mediterranean. Finally, they reached shore where the lushly forested foothills of the Taurus Mountains met the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The king, seeing the fine yellow sand of the beaches blend with the blue of the sky and the deeper blue of the sea that reflected the green of the virgin forests was instantly spellbound. He immediately ordered that a city be built there, as he was convinced that it was the most beautiful spot in the world. In his honour the city built was named “Attaleia” (city/home of Attalos).

Antalya is an earthly paradise. Attalos regarded the region as “heaven on earth” while Atatürk described it as “the most beautiful place in the world.” Evliya Çelebi informs us that foreigners expressed their astonishment with the exclamation “Ah Adalya!” referring to the name Antalya had then.

Nowadays Antalya is known as “the pearl of the Mediterranean” and “the Turkish Riviera” being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Life & Culture
In the Atatürk and Karaalioğlu Parks, the colourful exotic flowers and the shimmering water in the bay with the mountains behind demonstrate why Antalya has become such a popular resort. At Aqua Park, on the eastern coast, every kind of water sport is available, including water slides. The award-winning Antalya.Kaleiçi Marina and Leisure Center is considered one of the loveliest marinas in Turkey with its many souvenir shops, friendly cafes and restaurants as well as yacht moorings and services.Sall in the morning and enjoy the restful peace of the marina in the afternoon. The old city walls, lit up at night, lend an atmosphere of serenity and timelessness. The Antalya Altın Portakal (Golden orange) Film and Art Festival , held in the autumn, attracts many participants and visitors.the ancient theater in Aspendos makes an impressive setting for Aspendos International Opera and balet Festival. Antalya also host annual jewellery fairs. The Sabancı Glass Pyramid Convention and Exhibition Center was opened in 1996 in Konyaaltı quarter.

The Mediterranena coast of Turkey is well known for its long hot summers & warm winters. Lying on beautiful, clean sandy beaches & backed by the Toros mountains both resorts offer sunbathing & skiing all on the same day. All of our local resorts are well placed for convenient transfers, both less than an hour and have all the facilities that a visting patient and their family may need all year round.

The information contained in the site is to inform only & in no way does it  replace a consultation or a medical diagnosis by a qualified doctor.