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Holidays to Side

You’ll find the quiet beach village of Side on the Turkish Mediterranean, an hour or so from Antalya. Expect a flawless mix of old and new in this Roman-inspired resort, with its untouched old town and glamorous harbourside; a blend of impressive ancient sights (like the amphitheatre) and chic waterfront restaurants awaits. On both sides of the maze of winding streets are two sandy beaches, which are perfect for relaxing in the sunshine or tackling some high-octane water sports. Holidays to Side are ideal if you want a laid-back break with friends or a loved one, and thanks to those soft, sandy beaches, they’re perfect for family breaks too. 

20 °C

Even in April there’s plenty of sunshine, making this a great destination for a spring break.

4 hours

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.

Recommended offers in Side

SENTIDO Perissia

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Directly located on the sandy beach
  • 3km from historical side
  • 24hr All Inclusive

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Paloma Oceana Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of à la carte restaurants
  • 24hr all inclusive

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Barut Hemera

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of à la carte restaurants
  • 24hr All Inclusive

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smartline Sunlight Garden

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Only 500m from the beach
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
  • Two swimming pools

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SENTIDO Flora Garden

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult-only 16+
  • Directly located on the beachfront
  • Four à la carte restaurants

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Private sandy beach, just 250m away
  • On-site aquapark (May-Oct)
  • 24hr All Inclusive

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Based on 1620 reviews

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

When the hot Turkish sun is beating down, there’s nowhere better than the resort’s long, sandy beaches; and with two of them to choose from, you’ll have to find your favourite. If you can tear yourself away, the old town is well worth a visit. Both day and night, it has a great atmosphere, with bustling bazaars and Turkish restaurants galore. Just beyond the town limits are its most famous attractions, including the huge ancient amphitheatre. It’s an absolute must for lovers of culture. If you’re a bit of a foodie then you’re in luck. Holidays here give you the perfect opportunity to try the local delicacies. Head to the harbourside restaurants, where they’re serving up tantalising Turkish fare and fresh seafood all day long.  

Two golden beaches flank the entrance to the old town, measuring 3km each. West Beach is nice and sheltered with shallow waters, making it the ideal spot for families. It’s close to the boulevard restaurants and cafés, too. Over at East Beach, you’ll find a windswept stretch tucked away between the River Aras and the Med. Why not grab a lounger, find a quiet spot, and soak up the sun? Water sports enthusiasts will love it on both sides, with everything from banana boat rides to water-skiing on offer.

Side’s pristine old town is a sight to behold. Its juts out the sea on a small ridge, so you won’t be able to miss it, and its filled with narrow alleyways and bazaars. Just north of the old town, you can discover some of the finest ancient sites in the Antalya region, with the 15,000-seat amphitheatre and bathhouse among the highlights. Walk 15 minutes south and you’ll come across the runs of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Apollo overlooking the harbour. 

There are several places to shop here, from boutiques to markets. You’ll find lots of shops lining the streets in the centre of town, including Side Leather; it’s the place to go for beautiful leather goods. The markets and bazaars always have a great atmosphere; haggling is the name of the game here, so why not barter for your souvenirs of your Side holiday?

Of course, you’ll need to refuel along the way. The old town is a wonderful spot for lunch or dinner, with many authentic Turkish restaurants serving up fresh mezes and kofta. For a meal with a view, head for the harbour.

SIDE IS BEST FOR...

Couples: A charming old town, stunning harbour and laid-back beaches provide a picture-perfect setting for romantic holidays. Look out for local tavernas for those intimate dinners for two, and walk along the beach hand in hand as the sun sets.

Beach lovers: Twin beaches with soft sand and clear waters are the ideal excuse to sit back and relax in the sun. Build epic sandcastles with the kids, or just top up your tan with some serious sunbathing.

Sightseers: Take a short stroll from the beach and you’ll find yourself in ancient Side. The old town is home to the towering Roman theatre and Temple of Apollo, making Side holidays great for history buffs.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is Turkish.

Currency: The currency used here is the Turkish Lira.

Local time: This part of Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Antalya International Airport (AYT).

Flight time from UK:  4 hours.

Visa & Health: Before you head off on your holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for visa and health recommendations. Apply for your Turkish visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr/en

 


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: High 20s (°C) between June and October.

Best time to visit: The cooler months of spring, around April and May.

From April onwards, temperatures are firmly in the early 20s (°C) until they soar to 30°C and above in July. In summer, you can expect up to 12 hours of sun a day, meaning more time on the beach for you and the kids! Sunny weather sticks around well into October, with temperatures in the mid to high-20s (°C). Expect a bit more rain in winter, but holidays to Side are pretty warm all year round. 


GETTING AROUND

By dolmus: Dolmuses (small white minibuses) are a cheap and efficient way to travel on your Side holiday. They’re really handy for a quick shuttle to the beach, as you can hop on and hop off whenever you like.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available and run on a meter. Rates are different during the day and night, they’re generally low-cost for short journeys.

By bus: There’s a bigger bus service connecting the resort to nearby resorts along the coast. Buses are regular, affordable, and perfect for getting to places like Izmir and Istanbul. They’re also a great way to meet the locals and find out more about this region of Turkey, and are perfect if your holiday is on a tight budget.


EVENTS

Arts and culture: The annual Side International Culture and Arts Festival is the biggest event of the year, running in late August/early September. Expect free, open-air concerts, plus jazz and ballroom dancing, in the town’s ancient amphitheatre and Temple of Apollo.

Manavgat Culture and Tourism Festival: Held over in Manavgat (20 minutes’ drive away), this summer festival gets holidaymakers involved in local culture. Enjoy traditional folk music and dancing and delicious Turkish delicacies.


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