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Top attractions in Side

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 2,214 reviews

We travelled to Turkey as a family of six in all oldest, 58, youngest 12. We were picked up from the hotel in a comfy air-con van and straight to the venue. The tour began with a step by step briefing of the program. We were introduced to the safety clothing, and everyone wore his matching size. After that, we were transported to the beginning of the canyon, where we immersed ourselves in the river (cold ) to test our ability. Following that, we boarded floating dinghies, our tutor at the back, surveilling everyone for safety. Then the experience began. I really must say that I suffer from back problems but never felt any pain or discomfort. It was an amazing experience. We requested a sample of the video I had an issue with due to the format; however when we arrived home, I sent a Whatsapp to one of the staff which replied in a few minutes and solved the issue in no time. The video is a must and will laugh your heart out. The buffet food is included in the price. Total 100% adventure.

الرحله جميله جدا جدا وتستحق كل مبلغ يدفع بها يجب عليك الانتباه ان تجلب معك غطاء للجوال حمايه من الماء وكذلك غيار ملابس وحذاء للماء (يمكن الشراء في الموقع بسعر ٨٠ ليره) المساعدين كانو جدا لطفاء ويتكلمون اكثر من لغه. عليك ان تحجز ايضا الدبابات للاستمتاع ولكن الموضوع فيه غبار كثير وطين يعني لازم يكون معك نظاره للحمايه وكذلك غطاء للفم والانف(يمكنك الشراء هناك بسعر ٥٠ ليره النظاره والبندانه.

Well organized, with a fun, attentive, experienced team. They carried our 6 years old through the water and the roughs of the terrain on their backs … Great water course both for rafting and for swimming .

Super nice day, the instructors were great, the food was very good, the descent lasts only 2 hours, a little short. But really great activity with friends or family.

My tour guide was not only an amazing guide but an amazing person. I was traveling alone and I had so much fun and learned so much. Highly recommend this tour.