Side, Antalya Region, Turkey
Side is a small relaxing town on the Turkish Riviera, with two excellent beaches lined with a mixture of bars and a variety of eateries. Side is particularly popular with families and couples.
The town centre of Side (pronounced see-day) is located on a small peninsula less than 1km in length, mixed with the modern and the old, Side features a variety of shops and late night bars which stand alongside the ruins of an ancient city.
Transfer time from Antalya is approx. 90 mins.
Side has two long sandy beaches; the beach to the west of town has shallow, calm water and fine sand, and is where the majority of hotels line side by side along the beachfront. The beach east of town has rocky areas and is much quieter; this is where you'll find the locals. Both offer a good range of watersports, snack bars and facilities.
Things to do
Activities in Side are centred on the beach, with plenty of watersports varying from banana boats to water-skiing and pedalos to parasailing. While the larger hotels offer just about every entertainment option available, often accompanied by an enthusiastic animation team.
Other sporting activities available in and around Side include beach volleyball, tennis, horse-riding and quad-biking, as well as the golfers paradise in the resort of Belek.
Out and about
There are plenty of restaurants, music and sports bars in and around the resort, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. The harbour provides a beautiful setting to enjoy fantastic seafood, though you can expect the prices to be slightly higher.
Take a boat trip along the Manavgat River to see the Manavgat Falls a few kilometres from Side. It's a popular excursion, with beautiful scenery and on arrival at the falls there are a few restaurants and market stalls.
The area is also great for day trips to nearby sites of interest such as the Aspendos Roman Theatre, the Roman ruins of Perge, and the Termessos archaeological site found high on the Gulluk Mountain National Park. The old town of Antalya (Kaleici) is a picturesque part of the city and is full of character with narrow cobbled streets once enclosed in the ancient city walls. In the opposite direction is the town of Alanya home to an Ottoman castle and the Damlatas Caves.
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