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Side Highlights

  • Pro
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    LotusV8 says…

     A lot to see, old Roman amphietheatre etc...The weather, the food and wine 

  • Con
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    mikelisaanna says…

     Lots of massive tourist hotels and crowds 

  • In a nutshell
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    johndteacher says…

     Find a cheap pension and stay in old Side, enjoy and/or sleep on the beach during the day, and hang out all night when it is cooler 

Side Things to Do

  • Apollo Temple

    Whilst exploring the Temple of Apollo, you will see very close to the Temple the remains of a Basilica. You can see domes built of brick and an expanse of space that is surrounded by walls that are varying heights as they have fallen with the weather and age. There is a sign giving a little information about the Basilica which is written in four or...

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  • Aspendos

    Aspendos is probably one of the best-preserved theatres of the antiquity that I have seen. It was built for 15.000 spectators. Still used today, the theatre’s galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to the architect’s success.

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  • Manavgat Waterfalls

    Not exactly spectacular... Anyway a lot of tourists come to see the waterfall. A pic-nic place , some restaurants and of course some shops with everything tourist are buying... And yes that almost makes it a cosy place. A small entrance fee is charged. A nice place to stop by , take some pictures , have a drink... And maybe have dinner...

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  • Pamukkale Bath

    Pamukkale also offers a Spa bath right next to the view points. When we were there the outside temperature was ¡V 4 deg C, yet it was a pleasure of jumping into the hot and healthy waters. Though it was a little awkward of getting out of the water again :-)

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  • Roman Ruins

    Side was a major port city during the Roman Empire. As a result, there are a number of ruins remaining from the Roman empire. These are located in and around the old town section of Side. There is even a road going right through the ruins, so you can see them without having to leave your car! The most famous ruins in Side are the ampitheater and...

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  • Parasailing

    Parasailing is an activity which is offered at many places along the beaches of Side. We tried it too and it was quite funny. The most impressive of it was a fine view from a birds perspective of the ruins and the amphitheatre of Side. And we saw also some very big Sea turtles in the water. The highest point you reach with the parasailing is about...

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  • Scuba diving with Turkuaz Side dive...

    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...

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  • Exploring the Temple of Apollo

    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 Temple of Apollo's Basilica

    Whilst exploring the Temple of Apollo, you will see very close to the Temple the remains of a Basilica. You can see domes built of brick and an expanse of space that is surrounded by walls that are varying heights as they have fallen with the weather and age.There is a sign giving a little information about the Basilica which is written in four or...

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Side Restaurants

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  • Looking for something Decent!? this is...

    Serving Traditional Turkish Food, very tasty, reasonable, should try Turkish Pan, They have karaoke twice a week, different shows in the summer, nicely decorated restaurant very clean, dancing area available, they have a very wide wine selection good quality on reasonable price, Cocktails good measure and to die for, Pool Tables available free of...

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  • Be prepared to be scammed

    My wife and I were almost badly cheated at a harbour restaurant in Side. We love fresh fish and were enticed into the restaurant by the reasonably priced sea bass on the menu. We also asked for a local white wine, which was opened and then taken away by the waiter as it "was cloudy". A replacement bottle was brought, which we assumed was a similar...

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  • Home from Home

    We spent many a evening in this lovely bar. The owners and staff were very very friendly. The food there was great had fish and chips one night which was really good,best fish and chips in Side. Great place to watch the footy as it has plenty of TV's plus a large screen. They also have a childrens area downstairs. i would defiantly recommend this...

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  • Starters are amazing

    You can be sure of good food here ,the starters are brilliant usually lavash bread 3 dips ,garlic mushrooms ,fried cheese, The main courses are very good try the appollo chicken , sweets seasonal fruits Drinks reasonable , Staff very good Ali and Semi both speak good english .They will take you home at the end of the night very good value example...

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  • Don't go here

    We almost got caught out here but our bill only came to 112, still double what we paid anywhere else but not as bad as it could have been. We thought the place looked great and even thought the guy in the next restaurant tried to warn us we thought he was just trying to get us in his restaurant. We wanted the large langoustine and they said it was...

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  • Fresh local food, great service and fair...

    Not the grandest restaurant in Side but certainly one of the best for food, service and prices. Lovely home made bread and butter, excellent sea bass baked in the oven and one of the few places you can get an alternative potato dish to chips. They usually do roast potatos with their dishes. Also very nice mezes. The great things about this...

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Side Nightlife

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  • Side NightLife Series Episode 1

    UPDATE : OXYD is closed :( I'll write alternative locations when i get there.OXYD is the biggest disco in Side. It composed by 2 floors and one pool area(which is open air). Has free pop-corn for make you thirsty :) In my opinion, most expensive(about 10-15 Euros) but most quality one. It has the same type of music just like other Side discos....

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  • Oxyd Disco

    Generally Side is not the place to be famous of Nightlife,But OXYD may be the most popular place in the coast it's a very big place with thousands of people inside. So just relax and have fun There's no dress code rule but be a little bit stylish !!!

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Side Transportation

  • Dolmus

    Dolmus's look like old minibuses, they are cheap but you wouldn't want to go far in them especially in the heat and they can get crowded.The prices are fixed you pay the driver after telling him where you want to go. Sometimes there is a price list in the window and the destination is on the front.

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  • Motorbike hire

    Well worth the money. We hired 2 scooters for about £8 a day each and a minimum amount for petrol...............they take 95 petrol.Roads were not that busy which was a result as this was Suzie's first go on one but do remember as with many places abroad the locals don't take much notice in rules and regulations.Most of the time you are given...

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  • They call it Tramway

    This train is locally called "Tramway" and provides some of the public transport. We did not need it, we found the walks along the beach far more pleasant and all within "downtown Side" is easily reached in short walking distances.

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Side Shopping

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  • Side centre

    There are streets of shops in the centre of Side. Many of the shops sell the same products, but, if you can barter, you will get better prices is some shops than others.The shops sell souvnirs, jewellery, clothes, spices, teas, leather goods, handbags, purses, hand-painted plates and bowls, and much more. Remember, the key is to barter. It is...

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  • Good Buys

    On our first visit to Turkey, Side, we visited the Side Leather store - hassle free, attentive and exceptional service. With no intention of buying a leather coat, we ended up buying one, all were priced in TKL, EURO AND GBP - we even managed to barter the price to about 75% of the asking price.The coat needed alteration, told to return in 30 mins...

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  • fake fake fake

    markets.........Side...........Saturday.....................Manavgat..Monday and ThursdaySide shops are also good with similar fake goods Mens Womans and childrens clothesAvoid purfume as this can be watered downAvoid carpet factories, gold and silver shops and leather shops often used as stop offs by local travel agents as these are a hard...

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Side Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi: Always discuss the price BEFORE...

    Of course there are honest taxi drivers but unfortunately there are also taxi drivers that ask too much for the trip. This can be easily avoided. Discuss the price before you get in. Then it will not be a surprise when you arrive on your destination. Be sure you don't pay too much. The average price in Side for about 4-5 km. is 8 euro. (most of the...

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  • Musician Conman Beggarman Thief

    Musician Conman Beggarman ThiefThis man goes by the name of Volkan he is not from the planet Vulcan but is totally without emotions he plays(pretends to uses pc to produce music) in beach bars and resturants .He lives by conning women usually european into helping him to set up businesses either bar or music shop can be charming but he is a liar...

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Side Tourist Traps

  • Antalya airport

    I never saw an airport before where everything was so phantastically overprized as here - and this in a country which has in general a very comfortable level of costs for tourists. Even the Duty Free shops are outrageously expensive - Turkish Raki for example is cheaper in Austria and many other EU countries than in this Duty Free. The best you...

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  • Dont go to Side

    Fock me.. Side seems to be the worst place to visit in Turkey ever. I was there in july. Lots of turists - ok. But locals.. Imagagine on istance of 15 meters 20 Turks tryin to sell something, each of them had the same way to grab a turist - "hello my friend, where are you from?". grrr especially the second part made me sick.. 1000 times a day. I...

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  • touts in side

    this year the pestering by shop keepers has decreased dramtically, Its almost a pleasure to stroll through the old town.Apparently if the shopkeeper is reported to the tourist police they close the shop down for 48 hours.However once inside its still hangling but enjoy it .Side market on Saturdays is good for friut and veg but the rest is tourist...

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Side Off The Beaten Path

  • Ride the Ostriches - Buy Fresh Bacon +...

    Just a few miles from Side, Turkey and near Manavgat is a pig farm which is advertised as an Ostrich Farm (so as not to insult the local Muslims) - you can buy fresh bacon and sausages there - or have a full English Breakfast at the farm - children can ride the farm animals - ostriches, llamas, donkeys, emus and pigs. Tropic Apart Hotel in Side is...

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  • Green Lake

    Green lake is situated near to Manavgat. Wonderful undiscovered place... You should see this beautiful wild nature... without people, without tourists, without noise... just you and nature! This lake is called "Green lake" because of the color of the water... You can't see it on the pictures. You must see it by yourself only visiting it... You can...

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  • Colours in Side

    What do you have to see in Side? Try to focus on "colours"... the colour of people, clothes, shops, the colours of life itself!

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  • Visit 'Side' (pronounced...

    Visit 'Side' (pronounced seeday). The beaches are beautiful and so is the weather. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, most of which are within close proximity to the beach.

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  • Side

    A ruined Hellenistic port and one-time trysting place of Antony and Cleopatra. Side meant Pomegranete in the local language- which was the symbol used on the coins of Side. Side lost its prominence in the 4th Century AD. with earthquakes, Christian zealots and Arab raids, by the 10Century AD, the site was completely abandoned, left to be buried....

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The Temple of Apollo
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The old city is an architectural adventure
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Amphitheater in Side.
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Old Street in Side.
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Visit the roman ruins
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visit duden falls
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Temple of Apollo
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Parasailing
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The beach, of course!
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Visit the Roman ruins
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Stroll along Side's small harbor
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The ruins of the Temple of Apollo
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Roman Ampitheater
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Rafting at Köprülü kanyon
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lastest purpose built restaurant
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Travel agents
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Boat trips from Side
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Around Side old town
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Byzantine ruins
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Don't get ripped off!!!!
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Enjoy the beach
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Most delicious fast food in Side
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Parasailing
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Reasonably priced at the beach
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Greek Ruins
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All shops along the main street in old Side
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Hierapolis
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Manavgat Waterfalls
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Turkish Cuisine
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Aspendos Roman Theatre II
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Aspendos Roman Theatre
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Street Scene
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Main Gate
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Village Tour - Mosque
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Village Tour - Local Houses
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Village Tour
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The Side Mosque
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Taurus Mountains
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Pamukkale Bath
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