History comes to life
Side, a Greek settlement, boldly yet nevertheless successfully combines the antique with the modern. The town, partially located where Selimiye lies today, is one of the most well know holiday spots on the Turkish Riviera. It is located between the towns of Antalya and Alanya in the Manavgat district, which belongs to the Turkish province of Antalya. Side looks back on an approximately 3500-year-long history and during Antiquity it was a significant harbour town in the Pamphylia, which was the name of this region on the middle of the south coast in bygone times. Many buildings from the ancient harbour town still remain. The ancient town was built upon a peninsula so that only the public baths protruded out from the buildings. The northeast part of the ancient town's surface is covered by a dune. 5 columns from Apollo's temple have been reconstructed and form the basis of a popular photo opportunity at this exposed location.
Its excellent location provides long, gently sloping sandy beaches, making it especially popular with families and snorkelers and the ubiquitous ancient buildings of this former pirates' meeting place are to thank for captivating locals, as well as visitors from around the world. Sunset at Apollo's Temple or a meditative walk in the ancient theatre are both unforgettable experiences. In contrast, life also bubbles in Side's small lanes at all times of day and night. At the picturesque harbour, guests have the possibility of enjoying a cold drink or of experiencing a variety of Turkish cuisine, while gulets, fishing boats and yachts gently bob up and down in the water.
Nearby, one can discover well-known sights such as Aspendos, Perge or the Manavgat waterfalls.