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With 3 large sun kissed beaches, a vibrant party night life in the harbour area and surrounded by orange and cotton fields makes Side an extremely popular seaside resort with something for everyone. For explorers there's jeep safaris, boat trips, old ruins and minibuses are everywhere to take you anywhere. Hotels and resorts are plenty (over 160) and exclusive 4* & 5* luxury resorts can be had for less than £300 for a week inc UK flights. Here's our top selection of All inclusive luxury resorts in Side.
old ruins in Side

On holiday in Side
The large seaside resort of Side is located in the east of the Turkish Riviera. The seaside resort has changed from a major city in Roman times to a picturesque fishing village; now it is again a large seaside resort. The remains of all these phases can still be seen. The old center on the headland is one large open-air museum with various antique ruins. Side is located in a sloping to flat area with a rural feel. You will mainly come across orange groves, cotton fields and pine forests in the area. The hinterland of Side is hilly and mountainous, with the foothills of the Taurus Mountains. The town is largely located on a spit of land and extends further along the coast. Side flows into the smaller resort of Kumköy on one side.

The lively Harbour bears memories of the time as a fishing village and is now a cozy place to eat good food or enjoy the nice bars. The many dance halls and discos make the nightlife of this seaside resort one big party! On the various beaches you can sunbathe and take a cooling dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants on the beach where you can taste a refreshing cocktail.

Location
Side is located in the east of the Turkish Riviera on a sloping coast with scattered coves and beautiful beaches. The place is located on a peninsula between orange groves and cotton fields. Side is surrounded on both sides by long beaches that extend beyond the town.

Beaches of Side
The large lively seaside resort of Side has no fewer than three beaches. Two of the beaches continue outside the town: Side beach (about 3.5 km) consists mainly of sand. The very long beach is located north of the headland and along the entire coastal strip. The seabed slopes gradually to quite gradually and is covered with rocks and rocky plateaus. The very long beach is interrupted by rocks. You can rent sun beds, mattresses and umbrellas on the beach. You can also use showers, changing cubicles, toilets and a massage option. There are also several cafes and restaurants. The blue environmental flag proves that the water and the beach are extra clean. The Centrum beach consists mainly of sand. The beach is located near the old center, on an elevated street with a few shops and eateries. The seabed slopes fairly gradually to rapidly and is covered with boulders and rocky plateaus. The beach is separated by rocks on both sides and can be reached via steps. You can rent sun beds, mattresses and umbrellas. You will also find showers and a bar on the beach. South of the headland and the old town is the very long Sorgun Beach (about 1.5 km). This beach consists mainly of sand and the seabed slopes quite gradually. The beach is located south of the headland and the old town. Behind part of the very long beach are dunes. You can rent sun beds, mattresses and umbrellas. You can also use side tables, showers, changing cubicles and toilets. There are also several bars where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.
In and around Side

The old center on the headland of Side is one large open-air museum. Here you can admire a large number of remains from Roman times. These include a large Roman theatre, the beautiful Apollo Temple and the ruins of the Agora (market square).

Jeep safaris on the Turkish Riviera are an excellent way to get acquainted with the beautiful nature and culture of the region. Often this adventure ends with a tasty Turkish meal. Try the delicious börek (warm pasties), köftes (roasted meatballs) or stuffed aubergines and peppers.

Various boat trips are possible along the coast. You can choose from a wide range of ships, from wooden sailing yachts to larger tourist boats. The boats regularly moor in beautiful bays where you can take beautiful pictures.

Surprising Highlights in Side:
A former Roman bathhouse has been preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Side. Here you can see many objects and utensils that were found during the excavations in and around the seaside resort.

The unique waterfalls in Manavgat, about 7 km from Side, are definitely worth a visit. They are located in and around a beautiful recreation park, with benches so close to the water that you can paddle.

In the evening you will enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Side. The lively place has many bars, restaurants and terraces. In addition to Turkish specialties, the restaurants often also have an international menu. The venues are mainly located in and around the old center, the harbour and partly along the coastal road in the new center.

Side has many disco bars and discotheques. These are located on the harbour and on the main road, among other places, and are very popular with the tourist public.

If you are in Turkey you should not miss the Turkish kebab. This typical Turkish dish is made from grilled lamb and can be prepared in several ways. There are many kebab shops in Side, but the dish is also served in the restaurants.

Transport in Side:
Side has a bus station, from here there is a regular bus service to Manavgat, Çolakli and Kumköy. Along the coast you can find minibuses everywhere that take you to many destinations. Because these dolmus buses are often privately owned, they take you to your destination for little money. The minibus to Triteyengöl also stops in Sorgun.
In addition, a tourist train runs from the old center to the bus station. In the winter season the train runs less regularly.
From Side you can take a taxi to Manavgat, Alanya, Antalya and the airport of Antalya. Tip: If you go by taxi, make sure that the meter is on in a taxi or agree a rate before departure.

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