Situated on the southern coast of Turkey, 15km from the large, bustling city of Antalya, Side is flanked by two stretches of golden beach which draws holiday makers from far and wide. The town has been an important commercial centre for centuries, and several archaeological sites can be found here. Indeed, the pretty resort boasts an attractive blend of ancient runs and all of the amenities you would expect from a modern tourist centre, including shops, restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife.
The closest international airport to Side is Antalya airport which is 75 km away, and connects to a vast number of cities across Europe and beyond. There are shuttle buses direct to Side from the airport.
Side’s main tourist season is late April to October, though the resort can be enjoyed pretty much all year round. The weather is warm enough across the seasons to enjoy the various activities in and around the region, including sightseeing and golf.
In spring, the region comes to life as the citrus trees blossom, making this an ideal time to explore the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Visitors tend to gravitate towards the excellent beaches flanking the Side peninsula which offer a wide variety of watersports.
If you need an excuse to leave the beach, there are several. The resort makes for wonderful lazy strolls, with the quaint fishing harbour a popular spot. Elsewhere, the resort’s narrow streets and traditional architecture add to its charm.
A common site throughout the resort, and particularly on the busy streets that lead down to the sea, is traders selling their wares. From these stalls you can pick up leather goods, carpets and jewellery.
In the centre of town is an impressive 2nd-century theatre, which affords beautiful views towards the sea. Other sights of interest include the remains of Roman Baths, which house an impressive collection of artefacts.
Side’s setting close to the woods and foothills of the Taurus Mountains are ideal for hiking or horse riding. There are also jeep safaris, quad bikes and white water-rafting expeditions, and in the winter it is even possible to ski.
Other excursions include trips up the Manavgat River on traditional wooden boats, plus visits to the impressive Manavgat waterfall.
Nightlife in Side is excellent, with something to suit every taste, from quiet bars to pumping nightclubs. In contrast to many of the other small resorts in the region, in Side you have everything on your doorstep.