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The 7 best things to do in Side

Side has never failed to attract visitors to its Antalyan coastline. Its ancient town reflects the footprints of its Greco-Roman past, while a string of resort hotels cater to holiday-makers, offering a bevy of attractions along its sun-drenched
beaches.

  • Old Street

    1. Old Street

    A scattering of soaring columns stand like lone sentinnels along the former main road of ancient Side, with visible proof that the Romans had initially paved it with stone slabs.

  • Apollo Temple

    2. Apollo Temple

    The famous temple near the old harbor dates to the 2nd century AD. The five standing columns, whose frieze shows a series of heads of Medusa, were re-erected in the 1980s.

  • Roman Ruins

    3. Roman Ruins

    Remnants, such as the Nymphaeum and Vespian Gate, reflect the prosperous era under Roman rule. The Temple of Tyche, stands at the heart of the agora, a former hub of daily life.

  • Aspendos

    4. Aspendos

    This theater could seat an audience of up to 15,000, and the seats still show the inscribed names of patrons. The stage building also features the faces of Comedy and Tragedy.

  • Manavgat Falls

    5. Manavgat Falls

    Located near the town of the same name, enjoy the view of the foamy falls, which are 6.5 feet. high and 131 feet. wide, amid a tranquil and refreshing setting.

  • Düden Falls

    6. Düden Falls

    Pack a picnic and head to this national park, where the famous Düden Falls plunge 49 feet into the cool water pools below. The Lower Falls tumble into the sea.

  • Pamakkule Baths

    7. Pamakkule Baths

    Pamakkule means "cotton castle," which reflect the snowy white travertine mineral deposits that blanket the terraces. The 17 hot springs have been luring visitors for millennia.

Frequently asked questions about Side

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Side?

    Avid beach-goers could spend up to one week in Side. The seaside resort town allows visitors not only to soak up the sun and take a dip in the sea, but also have time to appreciate its cultural points and take day-trips to explore the nature of the surrounding area.

  • Getting around

    The mini-buses (dolmuş) are convenient for a short trip around Side. A sign in the window states the destination with a fixed price.

  • Where to stay in Side

    Resort hotels, ranging in size and star rating, straddle the coastline, some of which are a few miles from town. However, there are accommodations in the city center.

  • Day-trips from Side

    For day-trips to the surrounding area, consider the following: It's between 15-30 minutes by mini bus (dolmuş) to the Manavgat Waterfalls. For independence, rent a car to visit Pamakkule Baths (4 hours away) and Duden Falls (1 hour away). Hotels work with tour operators, which offer transportation to these points, but that will likely include a stop or two at a shop (jewelry or leather) along the way and that will prolong the journey.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    While the summer months deliver peak heat, they are also the driest. If you're looking to enjoy unusually warm days during the fall months - then visit September thru November. You'll also get better deals after the summer tourists depart.

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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,330 reviews

This tour was amazing! The company that does the tour is Fortuna Adventures and the guides Ahmed and Mehmet are amazing. The canyon trekking was great, the nature was just breathtaking. The water was cold but they give you wetsuits so it is quite fine to swim. Rafting was great as well unfortunately there was not so much water in the river due to not raining for the whole summer, but still it was great. In our group there was 10 people and that was the perfect size so you don’t wait for anyone. The lunch at the end of the trip was great. Prepare to buy water slippers (there is really nothing else you can wear) price was 8€ per pair. Regarding comments about not being able to take you phone with you, I don’t really see where would you put it as you literally swim in the water and jump from the cliffs. If you have a go pro than it’s a different story.

It was really cool. Mustafa is a wonderful guide. He told and showed a lot. It can be seen that he himself likes what he does. Picked up early in the morning from a hotel in Antalya (Konyalti) and only arrived in the evening. In the morning it was cool, in the afternoon it was quite hot and the sun was beating down, definitely take something on your head and water with you.

Exciting and on a difficulty level where everyone can participate. The guide was competent and created an and and exciting trip.

Geweldige trip gehad, goed georganiseerd, goede lunch, geweldige dag voor het hele gezin.

A lot of fun. Action is required. Warning: water fight