Side is a seaside resort town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, which was most likely settled in the 7th century B.C. by the Greeks. It is located about 47 miles east of Antalya on a small peninsula, and close to the town of Manavgat where you'll find the Manavgat Waterfalls. There are two main beaches, one on either side of the peninsula. The western beach is where you'll find the majority of the hotels and restaurants. The eastern beach is much quieter due to an archaeological site. Ancient fortification walls add to the charm of this fishing village. Boat rentals, diving, snorkeling, and other typical aquatic activities are available here as well. Between the beach and the laid-back nightlife, Side makes a pleasant vacation spot. 

Besides beach activities, Side offers opportunities for exploring history by visiting ruins in and around the town. There are temples of Apollo and Athena, Side's patron goddess, the remains of the facade of a library building, and Roman bath ruins. The nearby ancient town of Aspendos is worth visiting for its amazingly well-preserved theater. If you're looking for an indoor activity, the Side Museum, housed in a restored Roman bathhouse, holds archaeological artifacts from the region. 

Practical Info

The nearest airport to Side is in Antalya. There are frequent buses from Antalya, and some airlines have shuttle services from the airport. 

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Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour from Antalya

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Depart in the morning and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. An important city of ancient ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

4-Day Small-Group Turkey Tour from Antalya: Side, Aspendos and Perge

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Discover Antalya and the beauty of its surrounding ancient cities on this leisurely paced 3-day tour. Visit three majestic ancient sites – Perge, Aspendos and ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $253.87
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