Side (pronounced Ceeday) is a small picturesque harbour town some 35 kms from Belek on the road to Alanya.
Ideal for a leisurely trip out without too much hustle and bustle, although quite small, in its day Side was a thriving town which is easily seen by the many ancient sites to be found there. The Greek amphitheatre was built in the Roman style with massive archways to support the walls due to the fact there wasn’t a hillside to build into being the normal Greek method of construction.
The Temple of Apollo was sited at the far end of the town with magnificent views of the sea and the sunset. Although now in ruins part of the frontal facade can still be seen and is often the site for filming epic movies or Bollywood dance sets.
The town is only about 1200 yards from top to bottom, with a central road full of shops selling all types of wares, golfers often visit Side to buy golf clothing that is a very good copy of the original brand at a fraction of the cost. There are several restaurants and bars to sit and relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Excursions to Side can also incorporate a trip to Aspendos, usually on the way there, trips can take a good half day especially if a stop at Aspendos is included.