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Town of Side, Turkey

Side - A Spectacular Turkish Costal Town

Side, pronounced ‘see-day’ is one of the most popular resort towns in the Antalya province of Turkey. With something for everyone to enjoy a holiday in Side is the perfect way to explore the classical history and exciting culture of this beautiful resort. Located just 15km’s from Antalya, one of the largest cities in the country, Side is ideal for those hoping to spend time exploring and sightseeing during their break. Modern architecture, chic shops and fantastic bars and restaurants line the streets of Side ensuring that there is always something to see and do. Those hoping to relax on idyllic beaches will also appreciate what is on offer during Side holidays with two spectacular golden beaches for visitors to take advantage of. Accommodation in the town is varied with something to suit all budgets, whether you intend on sticking to a budget or splashing out on one of the luxury 5* Side hotels, it is possible to find the perfect place to stay.

Along with the fascinating Roman ruins and archaeological wonders, Side boasts plenty of modern facilities to ensure that families, couples and groups of single travellers can all enjoy their ideal Side holiday experience. Getting around the city is easy with minibuses and hire cars available to take visitors around the resort and to nearby Antalya cities. With great Side holiday deals available right now, make sure you take advantage of this exciting Turkish delight.

Side - Sightseeing and Attractions

There are plenty of fantastic things to see and do during a holiday to Side including several sightseeing tours that take visitors around the stunning town. First stop on any tourist itinerary are the temples of Apollo and Athena, built in the second half of the second century A.D the temples are identical and are dedicated to the famous gods and goddesses. Those hoping to explore the natural landscape will appreciate a trip to the Manavgt waterfall, a beautiful spot which is surrounded by many traditional shops and restaurants, a great place to spend a relaxing day. The two beaches in Side are very popular with visitors and are covered with fine, golden sand. The crystal clear Mediterranean waters are ideal for bathing and taking advantage of the many water sports on offer, everything from windsurfing to scuba diving is available for visitors to try on a holiday in Side. There are plenty of museums, art galleries and Roman relics to discover during a stay in the town, the Roman baths are especially popular along with the stunning Nymphaeum fountain in the town square.

Shopping is a very popular pastime during holidays in Side with stalls and shops all around the resort. Clothing, jewellery and locally produced craft items can be found all around the town, haggling is expected to make sure you try to bargain the best price.

Side - Nightlife and Cuisine

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Side that cater for all culinary tastes. Whether you intend on picking up some delicious traditional Turkish cuisine or prefer to sample more familiar tastes, it is possible to find something for everyone to enjoy. Some of the local delicacies include sweet pastries, real Turkish coffee and freshly baked Turkish bread. Seafood restaurants are very popular and many are open air, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing meal whilst still soaking up the hot Turkish sun. Around the town there are Italian, French, Chinese and British restaurants, those taking advantage of the all-inclusive Side holiday packages in the many hotels will find a wide array of dishes and delicacies reflecting Turkey’s diverse culture.

The nightlife in the town is fairly vibrant, ensuring that visitors can really join the party during a holiday in Side. The harbour area has plenty of bars and nightclubs that stay open until the early hours offering live music, cabaret shows and a wide range of music from around the world. The most popular club is Oxyd, a large venue offering plenty of performances and drinks offers.

Side - Weather and Climate

Side boasts a typical Mediterranean climate will long, hot summers and shot, mild winters. Holidays to Side are ideal for anyone hoping to soak up hot sunshine and enjoy the clear, cloudless skies. During the summer months the average temperatures are within the high thirties with some days even reaching 40°C during July and August. Those looking to enjoy more comfortable temperatures during a Side holiday will appreciate visiting the resort outside of the peak summer season, even during the winter the town stays mild ensuring that Side is the perfect spot to enjoy a winter break. The summer months do not see much rainfall with around 11 hours of sunshine per day, during the spring and autumn rain is common but clears up fairly quickly.

Where is Side?

Take a look at this map of Side before you go. Click to view an interactive version.

Map of Side
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