Side Travel Guide

Side is quite a small place, contrary to what is thought. It is in the district of Antalya. However, it is among one of the popular tourist areas. It attracts foreigners due to both the weather conditions and the historical places around it.

The History of Side

The neighbourhood built on the peninsula was an essential port city of the Pamphylia region in the archaic period. There are various historical sites in this region. The area became a centre of science and culture during the Roman period. During Arab invasions, it was looted, and many artefacts were lost. At the end of the 1800s, Cretan Muslims escaped the Greek rebellion and came to this region and built a village for them to live. This village was known as Selimiye village today which is Side.

Historic sites in Side

Close to the sea lies Apollon temple, it has made from iconic columns and stone structures. Heriot is the first written source found about the temple. Coins belonging to the 3rd century AD were discovered during the excavation of the ancient hammam. In the following periods, the Hammam was renovated and then divided into two parts.

State Agora

This area where official meetings were held was called Agora. Side state agora is based in the ancient city.

Side Antique Theater

The theatre is placed in the old city. The stage was built on three floors.

Places to stay in Side?

There are many hotels in Side and in surrounding areas. Hotels located in the centre are smaller than the surrounding hotels, which a vast majority serve breakfast. If you desire to stay in an all-inclusive hotel, you may need to go further from the centre.

Our advice would be to rent a property for your vacation because you can be more comfortable. If you have a big family, it is much more economical compared to staying in a hotel. Also let's not forget to mention that if you stay in a property, you can see more because you will go out more.

If you are looking for a property in Side to stay during your vacation, make sure to check out our link.

What Can I Eat?

Mainly the food and life culture are similar to Antalya province. Especially in the summer season, you can taste various types of foods from many parts of the world. If you wish to try local foods, you can choose herb roasting, dishes made with olive oil or seafood. Maybe you rent an apartment or villa, and you want to make your food, we recommend you to visit Side Saturday market where you can find delicious fresh herbs and fruits.

How Can I get to Side?

Side is 60 km far away from Antalya. The fastest way to get to Side is by plane to Antalya. From there you can either rent a car or use a shuttle that takes you to your destination.

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