Side Travel Guide
Overview Situated on a peninsula and flanked by two stretches of golden
beach, the pretty holiday resort town of Side is a jumble of old
and new, with an extensive range of tourist accommodation, shops,
late-night bars, and restaurants mixed in among the ruins of the
ancient city. In the centre of town is the magnificent 2nd-century
theatre with beautiful views towards the sea, and the remains of
the Roman Baths contain an impressive collection of artefacts.
Sunset in Side © Martin Nikolaj Christensen
Shopping The shopkeepers in Side have a reputation for pestering
tourists, especially in the city centre. Many shops will not
display prices so be prepared to haggle. Busy streets that lead
down to the sea are lined with souvenir shops selling typical
Turkish handicrafts like carpets, jewellery, and leather goods. You
can take a bus to the Manavgat market on Thursdays, which has the
usual souvenir options like t-shirts and leather goods. The main
markets are fun and have a lively atmosphere, but the best deals
can usually be found in quieter areas.
Restaurants Side has a variety of restaurants, ranging from Western style
food to local delicacies like dolmades and kebabs. Anatolia Cafe is
a popular place for English breakfasts and roasts.
Nightlife Most of Side's nightlife is concentrated along the beachfront.
There are a few lively bars and clubs, but they don't stay open
Activities Side is full of antique ruins, but the Aspendos theatre and
Apollon Temple are the most popular. The harbour is full of
interesting boat tours and activities, including trips around Side
or to neighbouring towns. The turtles can be visited on a daily
tour, and the white sand beaches provide activities like scuba
diving, parasailing, horse riding, and swimming. Nearby Manavgat
has some beautiful natural sights, including a lovely
Negatives Side can be very crowded on weekends, when many local tourists