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Holidays in Side
In a prime location on the Turquoise Coast, Side is a picturesque beach resort with a unique twist. Spread behind twin gold-sand beaches is a traditional old town with a maze of winding streets, vibrant markets and authentic Turkish restaurants. Beyond that, Side is home to one of Antalya’s most impressive ancient sites, with a magnificent Roman amphitheatre and the towering Temples of Apollo and Athena.
The cooler months of spring, around April and May.
Antalya International Airport (AYT).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Side to experience gorgeous Turquoise Coast beaches, fascinating Roman ruins and a cosmopolitan nightlife, all within one resort.
Side’s two beaches flank the entrance to the old town, with a lively promenade running alongside popular West Beach. The silky golden sand, shallow waters and fantastic menu of water sports makes West Beach a hit with families and dawn-to-dusk beach goers. When you can tear yourself away, have a wander through the old town to browse for gifts or stop for Turkish coffee in a pavement cafe. Just beyond the old town lie Side’s biggest attractions, the Roman remains that include a soaring Roman theatre. Spend warm evenings at a harbour front restaurant enjoying the catch of the day, and stay for a dance afterwards in one of the upbeat bars.
Side has two delightful golden beaches classic of the Turkish Riviera, divided by the old town. East Beach is a wide stretch of fine sand that reaches all the way to the Manavgat River, and is the ideal place to grab a lounger, find a quiet spot and soak up the sun. West Beach is a favourite with families for its shallow, calm shore and proximity to local amenities, with a lovely waterfront boulevard filled with restaurants and beachfront cafes. West Beach is the best place in Side for water sports, with plenty of exciting options including parasailing, snorkelling and water skiing.
Side’s atmospheric old town is steeped in history, with narrow alleyways lined with tiny coffee shops and bazaars, bustling with visitors and sellers. Just north of the old town is one of the finest ancient sites in the region, the mesmerising Roman remains that are the biggest attractions in Side. Sightseers will be in heaven exploring the 15,000 seat Roman amphitheatre, a vast and beautifully preserved construction that provides panoramic views across Side. The equally impressive Temples of Apollo and Athena overlook the harbour, and even more remnants of a long history lie in the Side Museum.
Side is a great place to shop, with local shops and markets coming alive after dark. Head to the centre of town in the evening to haggle for locally-made jewellery, beautiful leather goods and souvenirs. The old town is a wonderful place to go in Side for dinner, with many authentic Turkish restaurants where you can settle down to plates of mezes or tasty kofte. The harbour has a good selection of family-friendly restaurants in a picturesque setting overlooking the water, and later on is a top nightlife destination with several buzzing bars and clubs.
Couples: The charming old town and beautiful harbour are the perfect romantic settings for a couples’ holiday, with plenty of dining and nightlife options.
Beach lovers: Side’s twin beaches are some of the finest in the area, with powdery-soft sand and warm, clear waters.
Sightseers: A few minutes’ walk from the beach and you’re in ancient Side, home to the towering Roman theatre and Temple of Apollo.
Language: The language spoken in Side is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Side is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Side is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Antalya International Airport (AYT)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Side tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com/en/pages/read/side
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Side
Temperature: High 20s °C between June and October.
Best time to visit: The cooler months of spring, around April and May.
Side’s hot summers start around April, maintaining a mid 20s (°C) average until July, when the temperature really soars. The sunny weather frequently continues right into October.
By dolmus: Dolmuses are small minibuses that operate a regular service within Side. They are the cheapest way to get around, and are very handy for a quick shuttle to the beach, as you can hop on and hop off whenever you like.
By taxi: Taxis are widely available in Side, all fitted with a meter. The rate is different for day and night time, although they are generally cheap for short journeys.
By bus: A larger bus service connects Side to neighbouring resorts along the coast. The buses are regular, affordable and ideal for anyone keen to explore the likes of Izmir and Istanbul.
Arts and culture: The Side International Culture and Arts Festival is the biggest event of the year, running annually in late August to early September. The festival features a week-long programme of free concerts and performances, with many taking place in the town’s ancient amphitheatre.
Manavgat Festival: 20 minutes’ drive from Side is the town of Manavgat, which in July hosts its annual Tourism Festival. A fun event aimed at getting tourists involved with local culture, the festival includes traditional folk music and dancing, performances and lots of delicious Turkish delicacies.