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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo: David Pursehouse@Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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.

Planning Your Side 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

Nice for the intro dive, but not much to see otherwise

Water is warm even out of season, crew if very friendly. The sea is poor and there's a lot of rubbish on the bottom which nobody cares to remove. You can see some fishes though. Boat is comfortable enough and lunch is ok. Some people smoke on board and nobody tries to stop them. Equipment is quite worn.

Alanya and Side Scuba Dives For Beginners Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/15/2016

Great service , very professional personell.

We booked your service and we are more than satisfied. Transport from airport to our hotel in Side was as good as was recommended by other tourists. Our children were very pleased with wifi in tax and cold drinks.

Antalya Airport transfers to Side Reviewed by Frank, 11/05/2016

Show was very good, but arrangements not so.

The Tour was too long (8h) and the guide did't tell the timetable. It would be better without the dinner.

Fantastic day out, enjoying beautiful river and having fun

Very well organised tour, good pick up by friendly and funny driver, upon arrival we were split into language groups, everything was swift and explained well, you could also purchase water shoes if you did not have one. Rafts were comfortable and our guide Emre was very experienced and fun so our rafting was really good. I was a bit afraid when he said he will flip the boat over, but he must have changed his mind seeing this, because all trip was aboard. He made rafting really safe and fun. He did look after me when i almost fell overboard. Boat fights were also fun and our boat won every time. It was really good tour and would do it again.

River Rafting Full Day Fun at National Park of Antalya Reviewed by Agnieszka, 09/28/2016

The guides made the day. Very enjoyable!!

We had a great day canyoning and rafting something for all abilities. Very funny, sometimes crazy but safe. Great atmosphere on rafts. Chances to swim, jump from trees, zip wire. Excellent well recommended. Team camaraderie between rafts very good fun.

Rafting & Canyoning Adventure in Koprulu Canyon Reviewed by Darren, 08/10/2016

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