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About Side

Regional Information on Side


Side is located on the tip of a large peninsular and boasts two stunning beaches.

Getting there

Side is about a one hour drive from Antalya airport. It is just off the main road that connects Antalya with Alanya and so is easy to reach. Once in the town it is possible to get around either on foot or with the local buses or Dolmuses.


The history of this small fishing village goes back over 2000 years. The town and surrounding area are littered with ancient historical sites. The Romans and Hellenists are just a couple of the major civilisations that occupied the town at one time or another. Today the town is popular as a holiday spot that can offer visitors both entertainment and history.

Food and Drink

The centre of Side offers a large variety of bars and restaurants. During the peak spring and summer months the centre is normally buzzing, especially after dark as people venture out to eat in the pleasant evening temperatures. Along the harbour is a selection of bars and restaurants that enjoy beautiful views of the sea and Side coast. Quaint cafes and places to eat can also be found in the smaller alleys of the town centre. 

Quality bars and restaurants can also be found outside Side town centre. There are many options in and around Kemer and Yali Mahellesi and Kumkoy. In addition to common turkish and international cuisine you can also find Italian, Chinese, and Mexican restauarnts.

Leisure Pursuits

Side still offers a wide range of activities to keep visitors busy. At the local beaches it is possible to get involved in all types of water sports from scuba diving to sailing and paragliding. Near Side are a number of historical and natural sites providing plenty of opportunity for interesting day trips. Only ten minutes from Side town centre is Manavgat town where there is an array of shops and a weekely market. Manavgat is also popular for its beautiful waterfall which is another ten minute drive away. An hour away from both sides of Side and you reach either Alanya or Antalya where shopping and more beaches can be enjoyed. Twenty minutes toward Antalya is Belek, where golfers can leisure in a choice of five golf courses. Near Side is Aspendos, a spectacular amphitheathre where large concerts and shows take place.