Side travel guide

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 the winter, but holidays to Side are pretty warm all year round. 

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

SIDE IS BEST FOR...

Couples: A charming old town, stunning harbour and laid-back beaches provide a picture-perfect setting for a romantic holiday. 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 just 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: Side is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The transfer time to Side is 1–2 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The Side flight time is 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

Holiday destinations related to Side:

  • Alanya
  • Beldibi
  • Belek
  • Kemer
  • Konakli
  • Goynuk
  • Lara Beach
  • 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.