The jewel of the Turkish Mediterranean
Side Turkey is one of the best-
This location also made Side Turkey one of the most important trade centers of its time. Today, as in yesteryear, the ancient city of Side Turkey is situated on a small north-
Side Turkey is one of the Turkish Mediterranean’s most attractive and popular resorts. Occupying a narrow peninsular on the sparkling Mediterranean coast, its history stretches back thousands of years. The resort is surrounded by stunning ruins, including the waterside Temple of Apollo and a well preserved Roman amphitheatre, which still hosts colourful performances.
Side’s archaeological importance means there are strict local planning regulations, which has helped the town maintain its charming character. Strolling down the pedestrianized main street brings you to a harbour filled with pleasure boats and overlooked by restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy a relaxed sunset drink. The town’s long sandy beaches are some of the best on the entire Turkish coast and have established the resort as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Paragliding, diving, jet-
Side is at the centre of a beautiful and very diverse region where the Taurus Mountains descend to the Pamphylian Plain. The unspoilt Sorgun forest, just east of the resort, offers walks or horse riding along its sandy trails. Two golf courses are planned for this area, joining the 6 courses already at Belek, which is only 30 minutes away. Indeed, with over 30 courses planned for the Antalya region over the next 10 years, Side promises to be at the centre of Europe’s most exciting new golfing area.
Nearby Aspendos has a fantastic Roman theatre, which hosts a dazzling annual festival of breathtaking opera, ballet and musical performances during the summer months.
The waterfalls on the jade green Manavgat River are another popular local attraction. Further into the pine-