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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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- 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
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.
We had a wonderful day in Alanya. The guide was very nice, funny and knowledgeable. You also learn a lot about local life, which is very interesting. Everything was very well organized, from the pick-up to the individual excursion destinations to the transfer back to the hotel. Highly recommended, thank you very much for this great day!
We had an indescribably beautiful day. It all started when we got on the bus when we were picked up by the best guide ever, Ahmet. Ahmet brought us closer to the culture and history of Turkey in an exciting and funny way that could hardly be better. Thank you very much for this unforgettable day
Exciting and on a difficulty level where everyone can participate. The guide was competent and created an and and exciting trip.
Absolutely brilliant. The canyoning was surprisingly the best bit. Absolutely stunning scenery. Great lunch. No complaints.