|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Belen Hotel consists of two connected buildings, which are built in the traditional manner of Side. Our hotel is built very close to the beautiful sand beaches, amphitheater and the museum of Side. You can reach The Apollo Temple or The Temple of Dionysus after a 10 minutes walk from our hotel through the marketplace which you can buy variety of oriental accessories. All the hotel rooms have spacious balconies overlooking the sea. From our house, which is right next to the seashore, stairs lead you to the rocks from where you can dive, parasail, jet-ski and snorkel enjoying the sea life. Our restaurant/bar is placed in the beautiful flower garden and open after midnight. Rooms: Our 16 rooms are equipped with air condition,satelite tv, balcony and a bathroom with shower. Room service is available and the hotel has a daily room cleaning service. Single, double, twin and family rooms are available within the hotel. About Side When you turn South at the 75 th km. of Antalya - Alanya main road a nice avenue winding through hotels and houses for about 3 km will lead you to Side, the furthest city in the east of historical Pamphylia. Situated on a peninsula about 1000 m long and 400 m. wide, it fulfilled its duty as a commercial port.Naturally, Side used to be one of the most important trade centers in the antiquity and now it is one of the most popular holiday resort in Turkey. As you walk from the top of the high street to the harbour, which was once a small fishing port and is now filling up with excursion boats, you can look down the small side streets to see the sea on either side of you. The old town has managed to retain many of its old features including its architecture and also the archeological sites. At every turn you will be faced with a new monument or ruin which never ceases to amaze those who return time after time. According to Strabon the ancient geographer, side was first established in the 7th cen. B.C. as a trade colony of the Aegean city Kyme near Smyrna But the merchants took up the local language, Side tan the name "Side" meant pomegranate, the fruit symbolizing abundance and fertility. Like the other Pamphylian cities in general, Side was ruled by Lydia in the sixth cent. B.C. and Persia after 547 B.C. The coins minted in here prove that Side had at least an internal independence. There are colossal ruins of a theater complex, the largest of Pamphylia, built much like a Roman amphitheater that relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out as in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. The theater is less well preserved than the Aspendos theater, but it is almost as large, seating 15,000 - 20,000 people. The early Roman Temple of Dionysus is near the theater. The fountain gracing the entrance is restored. At the left side are the remains of a Byzantine Basilica. The remaining ruins of Side include three temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum. Turkish archaeologists have been excavating Side since 1947 and intermittently continue to do so.
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