Temple Of Apollo Turkey
If you’re heading to the ancient city of Side on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, make sure you pay a visit to the astonishing Temple of Apollo. The impressive temple is the most famous landmark in the city and it’s dedicated to the Greek god of light and sun. You’ll find it right at the end of Side’s peninsula, and it’s a huge draw for tourists who come here to see one of the most photogenic ruins in the country.
Get up close to the ruins
Despite the fact that it’s a busy, modern city, the whole of Side is built around ancient ruins. You can start at one end where the famous amphitheatre is and then amble through the narrow streets until you reach the Temple of Apollo at the other end. While doing so, you can take in the stunning views over the harbour and out to sea.
Even though most of the temple lies in ruins, you can still see the columns and the foundations, showing just how impressive this temple would have been in its glory days. In the daytime, take a wander past the columns that have tumbled and broken over the course of the centuries, while you look out over panoramic sea views. You can’t miss the standing marble columns, which make up the entrance to the temple.
Unlike many historical ruins, it is possible to touch and feel the carefully carved and constructed marble that has been used to complete this breathtaking structure. Dating back to the 2nd century, it’s hard to believe that the temple has stood the test of time and you can’t help but imagine just how much hard work went into completing it all those centuries ago.
Once you’ve finished exploring the temple and ruins, you’ll have worked up an appetite. There are lots of traditional beach restaurants close to the ruins and around the town, serving up delicious local fare. You won’t have to go far for a bite to eat and you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you’re looking for something quick and easy like a burger, or a proper meal and some authentic Turkish mezze.
When’s the best time to visit?
Side makes an excellent holiday destination all year round. The city and its major landmarks tend to be busiest during peak season, including the summer holidays. If you’d prefer to stay away from the crowds and enjoy great weather, too, book your visit for April, May, June and October.
The perfect time of day to visit the Temple of Apollo would be in the late afternoon or early evening. That way, you can catch a beautiful sun setting behind it. The temple and ruins, backed by a glowing red and orange sky, is a glorious sight. When it’s dark, the temple and ruins are lit up dramatically.
If you’re staying in Side, don’t leave without exploring the Temple of Apollo, the most famous landmark in the city and definitely one of our top picks for any holiday to Turkey.