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EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF SIDE

Because of its rich history, Side is an obvious holiday destination, where you both have the opportunity to soak up the sun on the wide sandy beaches and at the same time experience ancient Greek and Roman monuments.

45 minutes east of Antalya Airport on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey you will find the charming seaport Side.The atmosphere in Side is relaxed and family-friendly. The town has a rich history. It has i.a. been occupied by Greece, when Alexander the Great conquered Side in 333 BC. In addition the history of Side also involves pirates and slavery.

The rich history of Side is mainly due to its position on the coast, which is also why the town was center of the majority of the trade in the area for more than two thousand years. The old harbour area was the center of all the trade in the town, which is why you will find several remaining ancient ruins in the area today. The habour area is often referred to as one big open-air museum because of the many ancient ruins, all of which testify to the historical importance of the area. You will i.a. find the remains of the impressive Apollo Temple, which was also used for trade.

In addition you can experience ancient Roman aqueducts as well as the ancient Hellenistic town walls that protected Side from any enemies. On the outskirts of Side you can experience the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. Here you can almost feel the atmosphere that 20,000 enthusiastic spectators formed during one of the many gladiator fights that have been held here. If you want to explore more of the exciting history of Side, then you can visit Side Museum, where you can experience many archeological excavations from Side. Side Museum itself is an extraordinary experience as it is located in a renovated Roman bath.

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Nice and Cozy Holiday Town

Side is on a peninsula surrounded by long wide sandy beaches to either side. Among other things, there has been a three kilometer long seafront promenade connecting the two beaches as well as all the hotels located along the beaches. The new seafront also provide a shorter distance to the city and also makes the trip more beautiful. The seafront is therefore ideal for an evening walk in the beautiful skies of the sunset. Along the seafront you will find many nice beach bars, cafes and restaurants. There is therefore ample opportunity for something cold to drink or a meal after a long day at the beach in the hot sun.

The beach west of the city center is more touristy and busy, as this is where most of the hotels are located. The beach to the east is a bit smaller and pleasant and is the favorite beach of the local population. On both beaches it is possible to sunbathe all day while enjoying a cold drink or a meal. On the western coast, however, there is more life, and it is possible to try out various water sports activities, such as boat rentals, excursions and scuba diving, while the eastern beach offers more private and cozy surroundings. Whatever one plans to be at the beach for the whole holiday, or you just need a break on your cultural holiday, Side has something to offer to everyone.

Authentic Turkish Atmosphere

Inside the center of Side, you will find an authentic Turkish atmosphere. The smell of Turkish cuisine spreads from the restaurants while the sounds of tourists, who make a deal with the Turkish street vendors can be heard around the city. If you have the talent make a bargain, you can do a trade here. You will find everything from Turkish rugs, jewelry, local spices and leather goods - and everything is for negotiation. Many also prefer to go to the nearby town of Manavgat, where you will find more shopping opportunities in the form of larger supermarkets, but also several markets that are arranged every Monday and Thursday.

In addition, Manavgat is an incredibly nice and beautiful city, and is known for the long, beautiful river that stretches throughout the city. The river offers a beautiful waterfall, which is always a popular tourist attraction. The river flows through Manavgat and all the way down to the southeastern coast of Side, and is why the area is green and lush. An always popular activity is the boat trip from Side to Manavgat, where you get close to the beautiful river, and in most excursions you also have the opportunity to swim in the river. In addition, the trip offers beautiful surroundings, the beautiful waterfall and the opportunity to shop in the big local bazaar.

Side is with the many versatile possibilities and quiet city life a family-friendly resort town. The city's rich history and ancient ruins invite you to a cozy and cultural holiday, and if you are more sunbathing, swimming and good food, spend the day at the beautiful sandy beaches and surrounding restaurants.

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