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Side is an ancient town on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a popular resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country. Today, the ancient city is situated on a small north-south peninsula about 1 km long and 400 m across.

The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor and cover a large area where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. During medieval times, the wall and moat were repaired and this promontory still hosts a wealth of ruins of ancient structures. The colossal ruins of an amphitheatre complex, the largest of Pamphylia, built much like a Roman amphitheatre which relies on arches to support the sheer vertical dimensions.

The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. The theatre is less preserved than the amphitheatre at Aspendos, but it is almost as large, seating 15,000 to 20,000 people. Over time the scena wall has collapsed onto the stage and the Proscenium is in a jumble of loose blocks. It was converted into an open-air sanctuary with two chapels during Byzantine times in the 5th through 6th centuries.

The well-preserved city walls provide an entrance to the site through the Hellenistic main gate of the ancient city even though this gate is badly damaged. Next comes a colonnaded street with marble columns which are no longer standing but with ruins that are a few broken stubs near the old Roman baths.

The street leads to a public bath that has been restored as a museum displaying statues and sarcophagi from the Roman period. Next is the square agora with the ruins of the round Tyche and Fortuna temple from the 2nd Century BC. The remaining ruins of Side include three temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum. Side's nymphaeum was a grotto with a natural water supply dedicated to the nymphs – an artificial grotto or fountain building of elaborate design. Turkish archaeologists have been excavating the ruins of Side since 1947 and continue to do so.

Beach & Nature

Side is perfect for families with smaller children due to the long sandy beaches and long ground sea. Apart from the beaches in Side you must also see the Sorgun Beach, Titreyengöl Beach and Kumköy Beach.

Titreyengöl Beach is a well know paradise amongst Turks and is located in the town of Manavgat in Antalya. The location is 10 minutes from the city center, the distance to the nearest airport is 75 km.

One of the best things, you can join in a day or longer boat trips. You can explore a wonder of nature in bays to explore and swim, snorcle or just enjoy the sunsets.

Action on the area

Jeep safari tours are very poplar and and see the beauties of nature. If you want to join in this activity you can get support from agencies in Side, Antalya. Also Side is a water sports center for such as diving, water skiing, jet skiing, etc.


If you're a fan of adventure, we recommend that you can do rafting in Koprulu Canyon. This canyon is a place of spectacular beauty thousands of tourists flock to every year. At the same time, Koprulu Canyon is one of the most important area of white water rafting. There are also many alternatives for  sports in Side like Trekking, mountain biking and watersports.