Pronounced “see deh”, this is a popular holiday town about 50 miles from Antalya. Even though the city was important in classical times (occupied by Alexander the Great and an important trade depot for the Romans) it’s also a popular holiday destination and a great spot from which to watch solar eclipses. Much like the rest of Turkey, in a sense, Side blends quality accommodation and other amenities with some of the most notable ruins around.
These include the remains of an impressive Roman-style theatre complex that would have seated between 15,000 and 20,000 people, as well as preserved city walls and a Hellenistic main gate dating from 2 BC. A colonnaded street that would have once held grand marble columns leads to an extensive public museum that displays statues and sarcophagi.
It’s not all ruins and remains in Side, however - visitors can also enjoy a range of water sports including paragliding, jet skiing and diving, white water rafting and boating as well as hiking in the forests and rocky trails of the Taurus Mountains. Another particular attraction is Side’s cuisine, which is a unique blend of Turkish, Greek and Western foods and tends to comprise healthy ingredients like fish, vegetables and fruit.