Side is an alluring ancient port city which has evolved into a fabulous destination for an unforgettable holiday experience.
Long sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, vibrant nightlife and fabulous food make Side a dream come true for anyone craving some fun in the sun.
The city is home to many famous Greco-Roman archaeological sites including the Nymphaeum, the State Agora, a Basilica and the awe-inspiring Temples of Apollo and Athena next to the Side harbour. Most of the ruins can be viewed free of charge.
The old and new blend perfectly in Side with 2,000-year-old historical landmarks sitting alongside modern buildings and attractions.
A visit to Side Museum which is housed in a restored Roman baths complex is highly recommended. Visitors will be wowed by amazing ancient relics, including sarcophagi, olive presses, precious artifacts and Roman statues.
Located on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast, 75km east of Antalya, Side is a wonderful resort with a plethora of superb all-inclusive hotels and excellent golden sandy beaches for soaking up the invigorating Turkish sunshine.
The two main sandy expanses are the East Beach and West Beach – the former is busier with its with inviting shallow waters, while the West Beach is a more secluded escape, close to the protected Eastern Necropolis of Side.
There’s plenty of water sports action on Side’s beaches, including windsurfing and jet-skiing. Activities for the little ones on the sands include exhilarating camel rides.
Side really bursts into life in the evenings with an abundance of pulsating bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. The town centre and West Beach are where the liveliest venues can be found, while there’s a more laid-back atmosphere at the harbour promenade.
If you enjoy shopping, you won’t be disappointed with what Side has to offer. The city centre is packed with shops selling clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and electronic goods, and there are also several impressive indoor malls. The market in nearby Manavgat is the place to haggle for a holiday bargain.