is a district in Antalya Province of Turkey as well as the center
town of that district. The population figures according to 2000
census were 109,360 for the whole district area and 30,579 for Serik
central town. The town of Serik is situated along the Antalya-Mersin
One of its depending townships with own municipality, Belek, is
among the prominent centers of Turkey's tourism industry. Whereas
the town of Serik itself, populated by Yörük Turks, characteristically
shuns outside influence and new emigration, prompting some Turks
and outside observers to often refer to it as the unofficial 'capital'
of a Yörük Republic. The term has no administrative basis and is
simply an echo of the vivaciously preserved traditions and lifestyle.