Side, situated in the Eastern part of the Pamphylian coast in Turkey, was an ancient Greek city. Unsurprisingly part of Side’s charm is in its wealth of historical sites and it is still an important area for excavation.
There are two beaches in Side, one to the west and the other to the east, both offering a different experience. Whilst the westerly beach has sand, calm waters and water sports, the rockier easterly beach, which is a popular haunt for locals, offers a quieter sunbathing environment.
The Aspendos theatre, built in 167 A.D is one of the best examples of a functioning ancient amphitheatre and is a must-see on your visit to Side. Throughout the summer, the theatre is home to the Aspendos International Opera and Ballet festival, while the ancient temples of Apollo and Athena are equally impressive.
One exciting excursion to go on is a trip in a cable car up Mount Tahtali, where you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view. There is also a market and gift shop at the summit. The nearby city of Manavgat is home to the Manavgat waterfall, which is particularly lovely when illuminated at night.
In Side there is an excellent choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops near the harbour. Side has lots to see and do, all of which is topped off by the beautiful Turkish backdrop. Go to Hotels4U.com to find accommodation in this ancient city. For an alternative Turkish beach destination look at the range of hotels in Kemer.