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    Roman Amphitheatre

    by datapanik Updated Sep 13, 2014

    The amphitheatre at Side dates from the 2nd century, it is constructed as a huge semi-circle and would have seated around 15,000 spectators. The upper level of seating is today inaccessible and the edges have been roped off as it has become dangerous but there are still great views of the agora and the sea. There is another amphitheatre at nearby Aspendos which has been restored and is still in use today for opera and concert performances, the acoustics of these ancient arenas are superb.
    Entrance is 15 TL

    Overview of Side amphitheatre Seating area inside Side amphitheatre Entrance ticket to Side amphitheatre
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    Go on a Jeep Safari

    by datapanik Written Sep 7, 2014

    Jeep Safaris can be booked at any of the excursion booking outlets dotted around Side. This is an exhilarating way to see the inland area around Side, going off-road into the Taurus mountains and seeing something other than the beaches. The jeeps are very capable of handling the steep inland terrain and can take routes inaccessible to other vehicles. Be prepared for lots of dust kicking up as the jeeps negotiate the twists and turns of the mountain tracks. First off we visited a local village for refreshments then it was off to a small zoo (a rather sad experience overall as I disagree with the captivity of animals for display). Then we stopped at a restaurant for a delicious barbequed fish lunch and a dip in the swimming pool. Next was a swimming stop in a beautiful green lake and finally a stop at the Mangavat waterfalls.

    Off-road on a Jeep safari No margin for error - sheer drop on the left! Driving off-road in Turkey Lake view inland from Side
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    Scuba diving with Turkuaz Side dive center

    by Jazz-in-Side Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    Diving in Side is a wonderful activity that can be done by experienced divers, but beginners and children as well. That makes it a unforgettable activity for the whole family! Diving is special. You can explore a world that others can't see or only dream about. Unlikely with snorkeling, with diving you can really enter that other world. Be a part of it. And that is awesome!

    Turkuaz Side dive center offers dives between 1.40 mt. and 25 mt. Like try-outs in the pool that will take about 10-15 minutes, pool dives for the kids, beach dives, dives to 5, 10, 12, 18, 20 and 25 mt. including Turtle Reef, a Cave dive and a wreck dive for the advanced divers that really can't be missed!

    Beginners
    If you have no experience, you'll do a short test in the pool where you will learn first a few basics. It makes you more confident about the upcoming sea dive. You will learn for example how to clean your mask when water accidentally comes inside. But also regulator finding, the signs you need to know under water and the best part: how it feels to be weightless. It feels like flying and that's really the most awesome feeling ever!

    You are ready to go after this short test. Many people think diving is so difficult, or dangerous, or something that only can be done after a heavy training. But none of them is true! Scuba diving is a very safe sport and a difficult training is not needed. Of course you will not go deep if you try it for the first time but that is also not necessary. 2 mt. is for example enough to see a lot of fish! It's also possible to go to the Turtle Reef at 5 mt. deep where you can see big loggerheads. (between the end of April and September) This location is very popular!

    Certified divers
    There is also plenty to do for the certified divers. The cave dive for example. The location is also known as 'Side Reef 1 and it’s great! It's more on open water and there are more rocks so the visibility is almost always perfect. The dive starts at about 6 mt. deep and you're able to see many fish. Then you'll go deeper to 12 mt. The cave isn't large and can be entered with ease so also the certified divers with not much experience can go here. Also antique amphora's can be found here. And, a nice extra: there's since 2013 a new wooden wreck from 15 mt. long at this location and absolutely worth seeing.

    The deepest location where the more advanced divers can go is the 30 mt. long wreck at 25 mt. deep. The name of the wreck is TCSG-117 (Turkish Republic Sea Guard number 117) and it has been moored about 3 km out off the coast of Side in 2008 for recreational divers.

    Children
    The dive center offers many fun packages for kids as well. The age for starting with Scuba diving activities is 8 years. They need to be comfortable in the water and of course it's important that they understand the signs and scuba diving rules. They are not allowed to go deep so the pool (1.40 mt.) or a beach dive at about 2 mt. is deep enough for them.

    Get your diving certificate!
    Turkuaz Side gives you also you the possibility to become a real Scuba diver with a certificate. Do not worry that you will lose precious holiday time. You can do the course within 3 to 5 days and you just have to give about 2 hours of your time a day. After this you’ll become licensed with CMAS.

    CMAS is the first Scuba Diving organisation. Founded by Jacques Yves Cousteau (yeah, that Frenchman).

    Of course your certificate will be international and it will never expire. Do you know what it means? Fun for a lifetime! Yay! You can dive with the CMAS 1* till 18 mt. and with the CMAS 2* till 30 mt.

    Method
    There are different kind of diving centers. There is for example a boat that takes you in the morning and brings you back in the evening, meaning that you will spend all the day at sea with maybe 20 or more strangers. Also the dives are shorter because there are many people that need to dive and it's not possible to go to all the mentioned locations. Not everybody likes that but it can be a nice day out if you like sunbathing the rest of the day.

    Turkuaz Side dive center has a different method. They keep the groups small. For example 3 beginners at a time together with 2 instructors. You also won’t stay at sea all day. You make the dive and come back to the center. The dives are longer (45 minutes) and the whole experience (including the try-out in the pool if needed and the briefing) will take about 2 hours. So you're free to spend the rest of the day like you want. You will not be stuck on the water.

    Languages
    All information can be provided in Dutch, English, German, Turkish and Russian. (The dive center is in hands of a Dutch woman and her Turkish husband)

    Photos and video's?
    Yes, of course that's possible and also very recommended! It is so much fun to see the pictures AND videos of yourself between the many fishes or together with the sea turtles. It's a unforgettable experience that you can show to others as well. The owner of Turkuaz Side dive center is a skilled photo editor and makes slide shows as well so you will receive the best possible quality with a service that other centers do not provide.

    Prices
    Turkuaz Side dive center has a fixed price list and also discounts that count for everyone. A honest way of doing business. The price for one dive to Turtle Reef (45 minutes dive, including the usage of equipment) is 50 euro for beginners and that makes this sport the cheapest water sport that you can do in Side. (Compared with other water sports like Jet Ski, parasailing etc. where you mostly have to pay the same price for much less minutes)
    You can always contact them for pricing information.

    Turtle Reef Kids Wreck TCSG-117 Turtle Reef Kids
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    Exploring the Temple of Apollo

    by Benson35 Written Mar 13, 2012

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    Here is a photograph of one of the most interesting things I have ever seen. This rock I saw within the mass of rocks on the site of the Temple.
    It looks like it comes from under the sea. Maybe fossilised coral?? I'm not sure, but very interesting.

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    The old city is an architectural adventure

    by adema29 Updated Jan 6, 2012

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    If you have at least a "curiosity" related to the Greek architecture, or the architecture in general, you may use the opportunity to get a live lesson about it here in Side.
    The real marble Corinthian columns, the over 2500 years old walls, every broken cornice or vault will teach you about this art.
    I hope that my photos will rise a bit your interest and we will meet next summer there between Side’s walls.

    Temple in Side-Turkey Old wall in Side-Turkey The fortress in Side-Turkey The amphitheater in Side-Turkey Probably one of the first doms in Side-Turkey

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    Old Street in Side.

    by JuliaMac Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    The street is near the amphitheater. The ancient columns are well preserved
    here.
    This place is a historical place in Side . All the ancient sites are close to
    one another: the museum, the amphitheater, and the Athenian teample.

    Old street in Side
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    visit duden falls

    by ianh46 Written Jul 13, 2009

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    The Duden Falls are near Antalya driving towards them you are in typical Turkish suburbs follow the signs when you arrive there is a car park camels for hire and stalls selling ice cream pancakes and usual tourist tate . but have the ice cream or pancakes now they sell them inside but 2 lira extra . you pay 2 lira to enter .usual tourist stuff food places etc a interesting grave shaped like a house avoid week ends lots of Turkish families there.
    At this point felt a little dispointed but walk towards the fallsand prepared to surprised the falls are superb well set out walk ways well worth the visit

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    The beach, of course!

    by lotharlerch Updated Dec 17, 2008

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    When I was at the sea under my previous travels "beachlife" formed mostly a rather small fraction of the trip but this trip we did in order to get much of the sun we missed in one of the most lousy Alpine summers I can remember. But while we were in Side the weather at home was also magnificent....

    The beaches of Side stretch out at both sides of the peninsula of which the southernmost spot is the town with the shopping street, restaurants and the ruins around.

    The beaches are all flat sand beaches, at the eastern side even with some dunes while at the western side the beach is lined by hotels and restaurants over many kilometers.

    The Sea was extremely calm, only gentle waves not higher than 20 cm.

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    Stroll along Side's small harbor

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 13, 2008

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    In Roman times, Side was a major port city. Now, it is a tourist resort, and its harbor is relatively small compared to other coastal cities in Turkey, with mostly yachts and boats for tourist day trips. However, it is still a pleasant place to walk if you want to get away from the crowds and noise in the old town for a few minutes.

    Boats in the harbor at Side
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    Roman Ampitheater

    by mikelisaanna Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Side has one of the best ancient ampitheaters in Turkey. What is especially interesting about it is that it was built on flat ground, and the entire structure, which is elevated above the ground, has remained intact. In contrast, most intact Roman ampitheaters in Turkey were built into the sides of hills and had no underlying superstructure, making them much more earthquake-resistant.

    In the Side ampitheater, you can walk through the seating area, but you can also walk underneath the seats, in the tunnels and ramps through which the spectators would have entered in Roman times. The one part of the Side ampitheater which is not intact is the stage, only a part of which is still standing.

    In Roman times, the Side ampitheater was used for plays, as well as for gladiatorial bouts. It could also be flooded for mock naval battles and dramas. Its seating capacity was about 15,000 people.

    Today, the ampitheater is still used for concerts and other performances. During the day, it is open to tourists.

    The Side ampitheater Underneath the stands in the ampitheater The facade of the Side ampitheater
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    Rafting at Köprülü kanyon

    by Tuna_ank Written Jun 15, 2008

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    Köprülü kanyon is not very far from Side but you need a car. For rafting going by tour can be better. After rafting they also serve good foods. Everybody can raft there. Difficulty of it is around 2 degree, sometimes a bit wild.

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    Travel agents

    by JohnandSuzie Written Sep 22, 2007

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    Many travel selling coach trips, boat trips fun things to do, diving, Quad biking, Jeep safari's car and motorbike hire............
    Found all over the place, prices are cheap but look around and compare prices you may also be able to get discounts especially you if you book a few with the same company.
    Beware though if you go on organised trips they often take you to gold, silver and textile shops carpet factories etc etc, these are often hard sells and you will be here longer than at some of the attractions.

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    Around Side old town

    by JohnandSuzie Written Sep 22, 2007

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    All over Side old town there are old ruins from a theatre to pillars of various state of ruin.
    The biggest areas of interest are as you drive into the old town on both sides of the road (you can't miss any of the ruins), and go to the habour then head left only a few yards and you will find more.

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    Byzantine ruins

    by lotharlerch Updated May 31, 2007

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    Between the Hellenistic ruins quite many Byzantine ruins are found but later several invasions terminated all the civilization here.

    In general it is a recommendable stroll among the ruins when it gets a bit cooler in the evenings after the day at the beach.

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  • Enjoy the beach

    by yosyos Written Apr 24, 2006

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    I love pure sand of the Side beach. You may walk & run freely among the beach. Do not miss to apply to your body , the muddy sand in front of Sunrise Quenn Hotel(which is in my opinion most beautiful hotel in Side as building) When you enter sea after therapy, you feel your skin gets softer.

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