The word 'Side' means "Pomegranate", the symbol of fertility.
Occupying a narrow peninsular on the sparkling Mediterranean coast, its history stretches back thousands of years. The resort is surrounded by stunning ruins and historical sites, 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-skis - every kind water sport is available - while many prefer just to laze in the warm Mediterranean sun.
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. A new links golf course is already under construction ,only 15 mins drive,this will join numerous 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-forested mountains, a Roman bridge spans a rushing river in the Koprulu Canyon National Park, which is one of Turkey's premier white water rafting venues.
- Popular family resort with excellent beaches and facilities
- 45-minutes from Antalya International airport, with direct, year-round flights from the UK and other European countries
- Easy access to golf courses and at the centre of one of Europe's most exciting new golfing areas
- Diverse local activities and attractions, including white water rafting, trekking and horse riding
- Good shopping and year-round services, with several large local supermarkets
- Beautiful historical sites