Fantastic ancient buildings brimming with history paired with wonderful beaches can all be found at Side in Turkey. Located on the southern coast of Turkey, this Mediterranean resort offers a fantastic holiday for families and couples at affordable prices. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and apartments.
Side has excellent beaches for families and couples happy to relax or play on the golden sand. The west beach has shallower water than the east beach and is more suitable for children. However, all visitors can enjoy plenty of water sports at both these beaches including diving, snorkelling, fishing, water skiing and parasailing.
Golf is a quickly developing pastime in Turkey with many splendid courses including ones in Side. Approximately 35 kilometres from Side is the largest aquapark in the Turkish Mediterranean region. There are many mountainous areas in Turkey and in winter holidaymakers can go skiing at Saklikent in the Beydag Mountain, or when the snows have cleared spend a day climbing here.
The many restaurants and cafes here serve a wide range of delicacies with seafood very prominent on many menus. Much of the nightlife is centred in the harbour area where there are bars and discos to be found. There is plenty of shopping to be done in Side with Magavgat an area filled with traditional and small Turkish stores.
Side has many ancient buildings and sites that are well worth visiting during a stay here. For example there are the Roman Temples or the Aspendos theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century. Here visitors will also see some wonderful, natural features such as the waterfalls at Manavgat.
Side is also home to some outstanding museums including the side Museum with many Roman artefacts. A visit to Antalya will provide tourists with a look at some interesting old buildings, a museum and Hadrian’s Gate, which dates back to the 2nd century AD. Various day trips can be taken such as the visit to Kekova, the sea plane tour or the shark fishing tour.
Side enjoys long hot summers and short mild winters. July and August are the hottest months with an average high of 34 degrees centigrade, but it is not unusual for the temperature to reach as high as 40 degrees centigrade. Summer months see the almost no rain and about 11 hours of uninterrupted sunshine. December to February sees average high temperatures in the mid teens and this is when the area experiences its peak rainfall.
Antalya Airport is the nearest to Side and is approximately 55 kilometres away. Several airlines fly from here to most major cities in Europe including Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris, and Vienna. Cars can be rented from the firms located at the airport with a journey to Side taking approximately 50 minutes.