Things to do in Side

Enjoy golden beaches overlooking the Mediterranean and travel back in time with its Greco-Roman ruins.

Our most recommended things to do in Side

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

1. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin.  Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

2. From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

Embark on a fascinating full-day cruise traveling from the Manavgat River in Side to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Stay on the lookout for wild dolphins, admire panoramic views of the coastline, and listen as your guide shares interesting facts about the local marine life. Get picked up conveniently from your hotel and dropped off at the Side pier. Set sail along the Manavgat River before going out to the sea. Watch the river turtles lined up on the banks and pass the shipyards where all the wooden river boats are built. Stop where the river meets the sea to take a dip or a stroll on the beach. After your relaxing break, hop back on board and move on to some of the most scenic stretches along the shoreline as you taste a freshly-prepared lunch. Depending on tidal conditions, sail east or go to the ancient peninsula of Side, with another swimming break on the way. Allow your guide to point out dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable, your captain will take you further east for incredible views while you enjoy a foam party. Alternatively, go in the direction of Alanya and stop at a small, remote island for a walk before returning to Side.

From Side: Green Lake Catamaran and Cabrio Bus Safari

3. From Side: Green Lake Catamaran and Cabrio Bus Safari

Following pick-up from your hotel at around 09:00, journey towards the Taurus Mountains for an unforgettable full-day of adventure. Drive through the mountains passing fragrant orange gardens on a specially-designed bus that provides panoramic views of the countryside and all the great places you will pass through along the way. Hear the rich history of the area and its cultural heritage from your knowledgeable guide. Once at the lake, board a catamaran for a relaxing 2.5-hour cruise, and see the beautiful nature surrounding you from a different perspective. Next, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant close to the lake. Get back on the cabrio bus for the slow journey back to Side. Enjoy the leisurely drive and visit a village mosque to learn more about the religious traditions of Turkey. Get the option to visit a small zoo for a small additional fee. Finally, admire a beautiful waterfall on the Manavgat River before your hotel drop off at approximately 18:00.

From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

4. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Antalya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Perge, Aspendos, and Side. Travel into the Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD.  Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.  Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

5. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a ride by bus to the Green Canyon. Journey by boat on an 8.5-mile (14 km) Grand Canyon tour and a 2-mile (3 km) long Little Canyon tour. You will make stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along the emerald green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl! After exploring the Green Canyon, you will be able to enjoy a swimming break in the sparkling waters of the lake. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant with views over the lake. Well rested and well fed you will be ready to discover the other part of the Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop one more time to swim before the return ride to your hotel.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

6. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise with this tour from Side. Swim around Karaburun Baym, the Manavgat Bosphorus, and at Dolphin Island. Party with foam and savor a fresh-cooked meal as you sail along the water.  Be collected from your hotel by airconditioned bus and transfer to the sailboat where staff will greet you and ask you which lunch option you would prefer, Depart along the Manavgat River and listen as your guide provides you with facinating commentary.  Listen as a live DJ starts to play and stop for the first swim break. Head to Manavgat Bosphorus, which has the sea on one side and the river on the other. Here, you can rent a Jet-Ski or taste a Gözleme (traditional Turkish food). Be served by the crew a fresh-grilled lunch of chicken or fish which is served with salad and a rice. After enjoying lunch on board, cruise to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break. Start the foam party on the boat.  Continue towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your experience. 

From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

7. From Side City: Visit to Ormana Village & Altinbesik Cave

Begin this full-day tour with a drive into the Taurus Mountains. Your first stop of the day is Avasun, known as the village of bay leaves. Stop to take in the views over the Green Canyon and Green Lake and take the opportunity to grab some terrific holiday snaps. Visit the village of Ürünlü and learn about the distinctive button houses, an architectural curiosity famous in this area. Enjoy a tea or coffee break at a traditional house before visiting Altinbesik Cave National Park. During your tour you'll also have the chance to take a boat ride on a subterranean lake and see the stalactite and stalagmite formations in the Golden Cradle Cavern. In Ormana village, see more button houses and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Sarihacilar köyü, a village on the Silk Road before visiting a traditional house and a spectacular 650-year-old Ottoman mosque.

Side: Guided Quad Bike Riding Experience

8. Side: Guided Quad Bike Riding Experience

Get picked up from your accommodation in Side and travel by air-conditioned bus to the base station. Meet your guide and get ready for a thrilling and scenic ride around the Taurus Mountains, a must-see destination in the region. Get outfitted with all the equipment you'll need and learn the basics of riding a quad bike. Take a quick test drive before setting out with your guide.  Ride near the Manavgat River, feeling the breeze in your hair and the rush of adrenaline as you quickly round tight curves. Ride for 10 km before stopping for a short break Then complete a final circuit of another 10 km. Afterwards, watch the action-packed footage of your ride and purchase it if you choose. Take a shower afterward (don't forget to bring your change of clothes!) and then get dropped off back at your hotel.

From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

9. From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

Take a journey from Side and learn about traditional Turkish culture. Drive around some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southern Mediterranean area of Turkey. Travel on and off-road on a Jeep, and cross rivers in your vehicle. Try local Turkish foods and teas, and take in an Islamic mosque. Start your tour by boarding your Jeep. Next, meet up with your group and drive as a fleet across rivers, rough roads, and along the mountains. Stop for lunch and tea at a local Turkish town. Once you’re refreshed, continue to the Oymapınar Dam, a stunning arch dam on the Manavgat River. Use this view as a prologue to your next views at Green Lake, a beautiful place to swim. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy a snack at a restaurant near the lake before getting ready to head back in your Jeep. Before you get back to Side, take a quick stop at a mosque to see where the Islamic religion lives. After, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your hotel.

Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

10. Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Side then travel to a nearby Turkish bath where an incredibly relaxing experience awaits. Upon arrival, head to the sauna for a rest followed by a trip to the salt room. Stop by the steam room next and allow your troubles to melt away before taking a dip in the bubbling jacuzzi. Once you’re feeling suitably relaxed, it’s time for your first massage. Enjoy a 20 minute full body foam and peeling massage to refresh the skin. After your massage, a face mask is applied and you’ve got some free time to relax before your full body oil massage. At the end of a truly magical experience, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Side

Overall rating

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based on 4,008 reviews

We - a family of 4 with another family of 4, went rafting with Seven Tours in Köprülü Kanyon in Turkey. Our host was simply great - very responsive and very helpful. Everything was organized very well, too - pick-up from and return to our hotel, onsite arrangements - equipment handover, transport to the starting point, lunch and the rafting itself, of course. Initially, I thought that the river is quite still but the entire experience turned out extremely funny and with sufficient white-water spots to pump our adrenaline.

Fab trip that was incredible value for money. Sadly we didn’t see any dolphins as towards the end of the season and just saw the beak of a turtle pop up briefly, but we had a delicious lunch and a great time with the foam party. Loved the pirate ship and having photos with the parrot. Very friendly crew picked us up directly from our hotel. Plenty of swimming and snorkelling stops too. Thank you :)

We had a fabulous day. Our tour guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable, extremely funny and spoke to everyone individually throughout the day making sure we were enjoying ourselves. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the guide.

Really nice, relaxing day out. Plenty of things offered to keep you occupied during the trip like swimming and jet skis, or just relax all day like we did. Food was great and staff were friendly. Great day out and value for money.

Fantastic event. Great team, which made this trip really good fun! We loved it.