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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

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

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

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

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

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
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 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

great day out, great guide, well organised, beautiful scenery. awesome

Had a great guide named Ibrahim who was welcoming and spoke 4 different languages. Although he's been doing this for nearly 20yrs he made it feel like the first time and didn't look bored. He knew how many were in the group and everything was well organised from the time we arrived until we returned to the camp. Ibrahim knew the river so well and navigated us expertly. The food back at camp was good and considering the price for the day it was well worth it. We were allowed to jump off a platform near the end which was great fun, even little kids were allowed to do it, something impossible in the UK! The scenes down the river were just amazing and we even swam in the calmer areas too. Water so fresh and clear. You can also do ziplining halfway down but we chose to have a break and dry off. Be sure to bring suitable footwear (rubber shoes) not flip flops but you can buy it all at the camp site too. We had to buy some footwear but ended up using it for quad biking too. Well recommend

Great experience. Worth doing. Enjoyable.

This was a great experience. Really enjoyed it. Went with my wife and 2 children aged 9 and 10 who are not great swimmers. Felt safe throughout. Fantastic views rafting down the canyon. Decent lunch included. Didn't give 5 stars for 2 reasons - 1) took about 2 hours to get to simply because we stopped off at about 5 different hotels in different locations on route for pick ups. Had we gone straight, would have taken about an hour. lot of time wasted in the transportation. 2) It was a bit chaotic at the base camp. Lots of rafters, guide shouting instructions which many couldn't hear. very few photo stations and long queues to view photos with pressure to get back on the buses. Too many people rafting, which had an effect on the experience which would be more enjoyable if more personal. Generally a great experience and worth doing.

The best experience! Canning recommend enough!!

Was contacted prior to confirm hotel pickup/time. 1.5hr drive from Lara Beach but don’t let this put you off!! The location was beautiful, we took fantastic photographs. The hosts themselves (spoke great English) were sooo fun and it really made a difference! Good photographs were taken, with the possibility of a video to be bought also, you can also buy/rent shoes as your feet will get wet and closed shoes are a must! I am not a strong swimmer but felt safe and comfortable and never in danger. We came back to where we began our journey for food after 3ish hours of rafting ( with 2 mini breaks ) , the food was delicious and plentiful! ( pasta, salads etc) Overall one of the best thing myself and my partner have done! Hotel drop off also. We left around 9:20am and got back at 5:20ish

Full-Day White Water Rafting at Köprülü Canyon Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/26/2019

A fun-filled exciting day on the foamy river with enthusiastic people

The rafting adventure in the Koprulu Canyon is worth taking part in for various reasons. First of all, it stimulates team spirit and your sense of humour, it teaches cooperation and sharpens your reflexes. The instructors are great fun and enjoy making jokes, they make everyone feel they belong to a team. Although the water is quite cold, it is refreshing to take a dip on a hot summer day. Be prepared to get splashed big time, take your swimshoes and you will have a thrilling adventure! Suitable for young and old alike - the river is incredibly clear and the atmosphere is unique. One of the highligjts of our stay in southern Turkey!

Full-Day White Water Rafting at Köprülü Canyon Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/09/2019

Fabulous trip. Excellent experience. Unforgettable.

First of all allow me to thank you for such a great responsibility you had towards us and chasing up our trip. It amazed me a lot. Secondly I must say we all had a life time enjoyful experience on a boat together and every single of us enjoyed the trip very much individually. Thank you again and I am very pleased to talk to Aliya and knowing her. Have a fantastic life dear Aliya. Zhian

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Zhian, 09/09/2019