Tours in Side

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Since we sell the tours without middleman, you can buy the same tours at a more affordable price on our website.

National and global tour sites work with middleman. That's why they sell the same tours at higher prices.

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We organize all tours in-house. In this way, we do not direct you to another agency when you have any problems about tours.

We solve all problems within our own company.

Where to buy tours in Side?

Before the question of where to buy, we must answer the question of who to buy. This is really important. You should buy from a licensed travel agent. In this way, it becomes standard for you to find your insurance and legal rights when necessary. The agency license is given by "TURSAB" that is travel agency association in Turkey. Whether a website is a licensed agency or not licensed is learned via the TURSAB verification link inside the website. You can see our license via this page.

Now let's look at to the methods you can buy excursions in Side. You can basically buy tours on three channels. Let's examine them below with their pros and cons.

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Getting Excursion from Hotels or Guides

Tour sales in hotels are made through contracted travel companies. Big hotels usually contract with the company that brings you to Turkey. With this contract, other tour companies are prevented from selling tours within the hotel or opening an office in the hotel. All tours are sold only through your guide. The aim is not to leave you any other options to buy excursions. The guides even discredit the tour companies outside the hotel and direct you to buy tours from them. The aim of guides is to create suspicion in your mind and to ensure that you buy the tours from them, even if they are expensive.

Please do not rely on this inappropriate information. Make sure that you will pay much more for the tours that made in the same place and with the same organizer. Sometimes they sell the same trip for 4 times more money. Of course, the choice is yours anyway.

Buying From Street Agencies

The biggest advantage of buying tours from tour offices outside the hotel is that you know the person and the place where you purchased the tour. In case of any problem, you know where to go. But there are some downsides to taking tours from these offices. Let's summarize;

  • Tour offices pay much money for rent shop and employ sales staff. Therefore, prices are higher than internet prices. You pay more for the same tour.
  • The sales staff constantly tries to direct you to the tour where they can make the most profit. It relatively prevents you from making objective decisions and choosing the right tour. Of course this occasion, does not valid for every street office. There are also offices that do their job properly. But unfortunately the general structure is like this.
  • There may be some problems when you want to cancel your ticket because you made the payment before the tour time. Most of the time they will try to persuade you to go on another tour program.

Buying Trips via Online Websites

The downside of buying tours online is that you don't see the seller. In case of any problem, you worry about not being able to find an middleman. In fact, this is sometimes true. Such problems can be experienced in many national and global websites. That's why we recommend you to buy the tours from an online tour operator like us, which is located in Side.

We prefer to list our own advantages regarding the purchase of tours online. Namely;

  • You pay when you join the tour. you do not pay in website.
  • Reservation cancellation is very easy. We cancel your reservation just with a message.
  • Our Costs are lower than street agency offices. There are no additional expenses such as shop rent, sales personnel premium. That's why we can sell the same tour at a cheaper price than other sales channels.
  • We support you 24/7 via communication tools such as email, phone, whatsapp, viber, and telegram. Thus, we provide live support both when making reservations and during the tour.
  • You will have accurate and comprehensive information about tours. With tour descriptions, photos and videos, it is easy to choose the right tour. You decide objectively.
  • We keep in touch with our customers who prefer us. We provide special discounts for subsequent tours. We share discount coupons.
  • We respond positively to your face-to-face meeting requests. Whenever you want, we come to visit you personally at your hotel. (Valid for hotels in Side.)

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2021 Prices of All Tours in Side Turkey

You can see all tours in side that organized in 2021 together with their prices below.

Yacht Charter in Side
Yacht Charter in Side

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Boats and luxury yachts are available for every budget and according to the number of people. Unlimited drinks and free lunches. For your special programs we are created special designs in accordance with the boat (party, birthday, engagement, celebration).
Side Turkish Bath
Side Turkish Bath

13 €

We provide free transportation from your hotel to the Turkish bath. You can use the sauna, steam bath, peeling and foam massage inside the bath as included in the price. Extra fees are required for special massages.
Side Jeep Safari
Side Jeep Safari

18 €

Jeep safari activity for nature and adventure lovers with open top 4x4 Land Rover jeeps. You will have lunch free of charge by a river. A program full of swimming breaks, hiking and photo-taking breaks in scenic areas.
Side City Tour
Side City Tour

27 €

You will be able to visit Side Ancient City and Temple of Apollo where are on the Side peninsula without paying any fees. You will discover the Side with free tour guide. You will travel by open-top sightseeing buses. Also our transportation service is free!
Cappadocia Trip From Side
Cappadocia Trip From Side

75 €

You will explore Cappadocia with air-conditioned and comfy bus with tour guide during 3 days. You will stay 2 nights in a 4-star hotel.You will have your breakfast and dinner in the hotel as free of charge. We offer a sightseeing event where families with children can also attend easily.
Cappadocia Tour From Side
Cappadocia Tour From Side

67 €

In the 2-day Cappadocia tour program from Side, accommodation at 4-star hotel for 1 night , breakfast, dinner, tour guide and transportation service are provided as a free of charge. You will enter the lots of museums and historical places without a ticket.
Salda Lake Tour From Side
Salda Lake Tour From Side

54 €

You will visit Pamukkale Travertines and Hierapolis Ancient City in Lake Salda tour program. You will be able to enter for free by choosing us instead of the paid entry that are provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. You will have lunch at a nice restaurant as free of charge.
Green Canyon Tour From Side
Green Canyon Tour From Side

35 €

After visiting Oymapınar Dam, you will join the boat tour that you will incredibly enjoy in Green Canyon . Unlimited beverage service is provided on the boat. You can see the Brown Fish Owl that lives only in the Far East, Southeast Asia and Taurus Mountains in the world!
Side Rafting
Side Rafting

16 €

You will go and return as free of charge from Side to Köprülü Canyon! You will struggle with raging water along 14 kilometers with 8-10 person boats or 2 person canoes. Families with children can participate in this rafting adventure.
Side Scuba Diving
Side Scuba Diving

40 €

You will check into the Side Underwater Museum without paying any extra charge. You will receive both theoretical and practical training by professional divers for free of charge . You will have an amazing experience in the underwater museum where 115 sculptures are exhibited.
Side Dolphin Island Boat Tour
Side Dolphin Island Boat Tour

17 €

As can be understood from the name of the island, you will watch beautiful shows of many dolphins. You will be able to take beautiful photos and videos. You will have lunch in a bay with Dolphin Island view.
Side Pirate Boat Tour
Side Pirate Boat Tour

27 €

Unlike other boat tours, you will board a realistic pirate boat. You will able to see the view of the Temple of Apollo that is not visible from any angle. Animation and magic shows will be performed for families with children.
Side Rafting Trekking Zipline
Side Rafting Trekking Zipline

27 €

One of the essential tour of people who love nature sports, adventure and adrenaline! There is no extra fee for Zipline. You will have a lunch among bird chirping, the sound of river and lush trees as free of charge.
Alanya Boat Tour From Side
Alanya Boat Tour From Side

36 €

Largest boat of Alanya Kaleiçi port. The Starcraft boat that nicknamed the white pearl has 5 floors. You will shuttle to Alanya from Side with air-conditioned service vehicles for free. Unlimited local drinks, open buffet lunch and foam party with great entertainment are waiting for you.
Side Quad Safari
Side Quad Safari

25 €

You don't have to have driving licence and experience for join to ATV safari tour! This safari tour appeal to everyone who is passionate about speed, adrenaline and adventure! You will receive education about both practical and theoretical ATV driving as free of charge.
Side Buggy Safari
Side Buggy Safari

30 €

Are you ready to experience adventurous moments in the Taurus Mountains with the buggy vehicles that are quite easy to use atv vehicles? A muddy, dusty, earthed and rough terrain has been specially selected for the Buggy safari. This tour can be attended by unlicensed people!
Side Rafting Buggy Safari
Side Rafting Buggy Safari

40 €

It is an excellent opportunity for people who want to attend two different tour activities on the same day! It is a package tour therefore price advantage is also provided. As other tours, there is also a free lunch service.
Side Jeep Safari Rafting
Side Jeep Safari Rafting

40 €

2 tour activities in 1 day! You will enjoy the nature a lot with rafting and jeep safari. An event where families with children can participate in and take advantage of discounts for children.
Side Quad Safari Rafting
Side Quad Safari Rafting

40 €

Atv safari and rafting tour activities, which are indispansable by young people and adults, are scheduled for the same day. As with other tours, group discounts are valid and you will benefit from the package tour price advantage by participating in this tour.
Altınbeşik Cave Tour From Side
Altınbeşik Cave Tour From Side

30 €

The underwater cave, which is located under the Altınbeşik hill and is called a paradise on earth. A 3-level cave in a karstic structure! You will join the boat tour for free. You will also visit the famous Buttoned Houses.
Water Planet Aquapark Alanya
Water Planet Aquapark Alanya

30 €

Aquapark, which is located in the middle of pine trees and has a different atmosphere. Provides adventure, joy and entertainment to its participants. With air-conditioned service v
Alanya City Tour
Alanya City Tour

25 €

You will be taken to Alanya by air-conditioned buses from Side as free of charge. You will visit Kızılkule, Old Shipyard, Alanya peninsula, famous Cleopatra Beach, Alanya streets and Alanya Castle that is the symbol of Alanya with a tour guide If you want, you can also get on the Damlataş cable car.
Antalya City Tour
Antalya City Tour

25 €

You will visit Lara Park, one of the most popular parks in Antalya, Duden Waterfalls, Hadrian's Gate, which was built to honor of the Roman Emperor, and the famous Antalya Kaleiçi with a tour guide.
Alanya Paragliding
Alanya Paragliding

115 €

Are you ready to fly freely like birds at minimum 600 meters height above sea level? You should take advantage of the price advantage and the services included in the price for paragliding sport that is adrenaline-filled and also safe.
Antalya Aquarium
Antalya Aquarium

50 €

The world's largest tunnel aquarium with a length of 131 meters that has 40 thematic aquariums!Entrance fee and transportation service are included in the price. Discounted prices are provided for families with children. You will not only see fish in this giant aquarium. See the content for detail.
Pamukkale Tour From Side
Pamukkale Tour From Side

45 €

It is a daily tour from Side. You will visit Pamukkale Travertines and also Hierapolis Ancient City and Cleopatra Ancient Pool accompanied by a tour guide. Free transportation is provided.
Pamukkale Trip From Side
Pamukkale Trip From Side

70 €

This Pamukkale tour is a 2 day program. The price of 1 night accommodation is also included in the price! You will be able to have breakfast and dinner as free of charge at the hotel. You will also visit Hierapolis Ancient City and Cleopatra Ancient Pool accompanied by a tour guide.
Side City Tour On Bus
Side City Tour On Bus

27 €

You will visit the famous streets, ancient places and marina with an open-top bus in Side where is one of the important vacation resorts of Antalya. It is an irreplaceable and very enjoyable activity for tourists in Side. You should experience this pleasure.
Antalya Dolphin Park
Antalya Dolphin Park

30 €

There is no fee for children according to their age ranges in the Antalya Yunus Park program, which you can reach from Side for free. For detailed information, you should check the tour program. The photos you take with dolphins will be a good memory for you.
Sapadere Canyon Tour
Sapadere Canyon Tour

30 €

You will take a journey about 1,5 hours, seeing nice places along the coastal road too from Side with air-conditioned buses. You will pass at the entrance of the canyon without buying a ticket. You will get amazing photo and video shots.
Alanya Diving From Side
Alanya Diving From Side

37 €

Transportation will be provided as free of charge to Alanya. You will receive both theoretical and practical training for free. You will take 2 dives from 25 minutes each. Lunch is served after diving as free of charge.
Demre Myra Kekova Tour
Demre Myra Kekova Tour

40 €

You will visit the St. Nicholas Church (known as Santa Claus) in the Ancient City of Myra without paying an entrance fee. You will join the boat tour in Kekova Sunken City as free of charge. Are you ready to join a legendary tour program where nature and history meet?
Side Fishing
Side Fishing

40 €

No need to bring your fishing gear and equipment with you. Everything is ready on the boat and waiting for you. Moreover, free training is provided for those who do not know how to fish. It is an extremely enjoyable tour that families with children can participate in .
Fire of Anatolia Show
Fire of Anatolia Show

45 €

You will go free with shuttle vehicles from Side to Gloria Aspendos Arena in Serik. Your travel time will take about half an hour. After the Anatolian Fire show, you will have dinner free of charge in a nice restaurant.
Alanya Dolphin Park
Alanya Dolphin Park

30 €

Are you ready to be a witness of the amazing 1-hour shows program of dolphins, seals, sea lions and white whales in Sealanya Dolphin Park. Discounted price advantages are provided to children. You will be picked up and dropped off free by shuttle vehicles.
Swim With Dolphins in Side
Swim With Dolphins in Side

115 €

Discounted prices are applied for families with children. Our participants, who participated in the swimming with dolphins, can also participate in the dolphin show program at no extra fee. Free transportation from Side to Sealanya Yunus Park.
Side Private Trips
Side Private Trips

0 €

You choose the excursion tours you want from Side tours and we create programs for you on the days and hours that suit you. As every tour, your free shuttle service will be provided. Extra discount advantages are provided for families with children.
Kurşunlu Waterfall and Aspendos Tour
Kurşunlu Waterfall and Aspendos Tour

35 €

A day-long nature and history themed excursion program. You will taking a quality and pleasant day with the tour guide. You will travel privileged without paying entry fees to the regions.
Manavgat Boat Tour
Manavgat Boat Tour

25 €

A nice Manavgat boat tour opportunity for those who want to have a joyful, fun and enjoyable holiday. Open buffet, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and round-trip transportation service from Side as free of charge. There are areas where you can sunbathe on the boat.
Manavgat Waterfall Boat Tour
Manavgat Waterfall Boat Tour

16 €

You will spend pleasant moments by watching the lush trees by the river from the Manavgat River to the Manavgat Waterfall. You will have free lunch in the coastal region of Manavgat, which separates the river and the sea. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to Manavgat Bazaar.
Demre Myra Kekova and Pamukkale Tour
Demre Myra Kekova and Pamukkale Tour

90 €

You will visit the Church of St. Nicholas and Myra ancient city in Demre. You will also attend to a boat tour on Kekova Island. You will visit the Hierapolis Antique City and Cleopatra's Antique Pool in Pamukkale. You will not pay any extra fee for the transportation.
Side Boat Tour
Side Boat Tour

27 €

Absolute entertainment all day long with unlimited DJ performance, unlimited drinks, party and animation shows. Swimming and food breaks will be given in the bays. You will be able to both sunbathe and see amazing coastline views.
Side Night Boat Tour
Side Night Boat Tour

35 €

With night club lighting and disco ball design, you will join a boat tour party with a DJ performance at offshore Side. You will have great fun with the foam party. You will have your dinner as free of charge by the view of the illuminated Temple of Apollo.
The Land Of Legends
The Land Of Legends

77 €

You will go and return from Side to Belek with air-conditioned shuttle vehicle. There are discounted price advantages for children. You will get in there for free. Because of you can take advantage of an all-inclusive concept, you will be able to enter the Disneyland area and watch the dolphin shows

Things to Do with Kids in Side Turkey

Side is one of the most preferred destinations by parents in Turkey. Because families with children can find all their wishes and needs during their holiday in Side.

Side is the best places in Turkey for a holiday with the kids because of both children's services in hotels and there are lots of excursion in side for kids. Also climate is so suitable.

We have listed below the advantages of vacationing in Side for families with children.

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Advantages of Side for Families with Children

Facilities in Hotels

Hotels in Side serve with all-inclusive concept. Families with children enjoy a carefree and comfortable holiday in the hotel, due to the free eating and drinking facilities throughout the day and the availability of safe areas. Hotels are built on very large areas of land. There are spacious activity areas. In addition, all hotels have their own beaches. Hotels in Turkey is being requested by families with children all over the world because of this feature.

Kids Activities in Hotels

All hotels have children's clubs and crèches where you can safely entrust your children. Many games and activities are organized for children throughout the day. There are large and sheltered playgrounds.

Climate Conditions

The longest season in Antalya is in Side. The air temperature is higher than Antalya center throughout the year. In winter It has a very mild climate.

Season Duration

The season in Side is exactly 7 months. The summer season starts on April 15 and continues until November 15.

Beach Structure

Side beaches are generally sandy. Before the winter season, pebbles and foreign materials coming from the sea are cleaned with sieves. The sea floor is generally covered with sand. Nevertheless, stony and rocks can be found in some places. But they are not dangerous. The sea is shallow. It does not go deep suddenly. Waves are small. The beach is windless.

Sea temperature

The sea temperature is around 20 °C in May, 23 °C in June. It rises up to 30 °C in July and August. The most enjoyable time of the sea is September and October. The weather is not extremely hot during these months. In addition, the sea water is still hot, because of the sea cool later than the land. If your children like to stay at sea for long hours; The best holiday time for you will be between September and October. If your child just puts their feet in the water and spends time on the beach sands, you can choose May and June months for holiday.

Lots of excursions suitable for children

During your holiday, there are many excursions and activities that you can participate with children. In fact, except for adrenaline tours such as quad and buggy safari, you can join many tours with children. But if your aim is to have a good time for your children , of course, we don't recommend cultural tours to you. We can list the tours that you can join with your children and have a good time as a family.

  • Aquapark Trip
  • "The Land of Legends" Theme Park Trip
  • Aquarium Trip (Antalya Oceanarium)
  • Dolphin Park Trip
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Zoo Park
  • Jeep Safari
  • Private Family Trips
  • Boat tours in Side
  • Dolphin Island Tours
  • Altinbesik Forest Trip
  • Green Canyon Nature Trip
  • Sapadere Canyon Nature Trip

Excursions from Side to Other Touristic Areas?

Side is located in the middle of Antalya city center and Alanya. It is 64 km from Alanya and 72 km from Antalya. Therefore, when you come to Side, you can visit the touristic places in the surrounding areas.

Long Distance Travel offers many trips from Side to both Alanya and Antalya.

We have listed the day trips from Side to the surrounding areas below.

touristic places near side turkey

Alanya Daily tours from Side

There are many same excursions in both Alanya and Side regions. For example, there is a jeep safari tour in Alanya and Side as well. We will not tell you about this type of tour. We give you a list of tours that are only in Alanya but not in Side or you can have a different experience.

  • Sapadere Canyon Tour
  • Starcraft Boat Trip
  • Dim Stream and Dim Cave Trip
  • Alanya City and Cable Car Tour
  • Paragliding
  • Submarine Tour

The above excursions are specific for Alanya. For more detailed information, you should click to the Alanya tours From Side page .

Antalya Daily tours from Side

Again, we will list only tours that are specific to Antalya.

  • Antalya City Tour
  • Olympos Cable Car Tour
  • Antalya Paragliding

Accommodation Tours from Side.

While you're in Turkey, If you have time you can visit Turkey's world heritages. While you're in Turkey, If you have time you can visit Turkey's tourist places where are world heritages. Pamukkale and Cappadocia trips are with accommodation.

  • Cappadocia Tour from Side (2 or 3 nights accommodation)
  • Pamukkale Tour from Side (1 or 2 days accommodation)
  • Istanbul Trip from Side (This trip is daily and goes by palne)
  • Israel Trip from Side (This trip is daily and goes by palne)

Things to Do in Side in Winter?

Side is the touristic place with the longest summer season in Antalya. Due to the mountains surrounding Side and the favorable natural conditions, the season in Side starts early and ends late. It is warmer than other parts of Antalya in the winter season.

Nevertheless, Sea is cold for swimming during the winter in Side. But in winter you can sunbathe on the beach. Touristic hotels and shops in Side are also open in winter. These Hotels includes indoor swimming pools, Turkish bath, spa and indoor activities. Fish restaurants and many restaurants with international cuisine continue to serve during the winter.

side in winter

Sophisticated live music bars that are suitable for winter ambience will definitely attract your attention. You can also visit all the ancient cities, ruins, amphitheaters around Side during the winter season.

You can join private boat tours or Antalya city trips. You can also choose Cappadocia and Pamukkale trips from Side during your winter holiday. Side is a suitable place for both summer and winter holidays.

Beach Selection Guide for Side Turkey

Side is a rich touristic place in point of beach options. It contains so many beaches with different characteristics. We have explained below the natural features and possibilities of all beaches in Side so that you can find the best beach for you. Some of these are free and some are paid.

Below, we have separated the beaches you can go to in the Side region as paid and free beaches. Let's take a look at these beaches;

side beach in turkey

Free beaches in Side

  • Kumköy Beach: It is 900 meters from the center of Kumköy. It is a shallow beach. The depth does not increase suddenly. It is one of the safest beaches to swim. It is one of the most preferred beaches in the Side region. The sand is golden color and consists of small grains. It is similar to the cleopatra beach of Alanya. It does not cause any discomfort to the soles of the feet and does not create turbidity in the water. After 80 meters from the beach, the depth reaches 2 meters.

    It is a wide and spacious beach. Its sea is more wavy compared to other beaches in the Side region. But the floor is completely covered with sand. In addition, service quality is better than municipal beaches in point of changing cabin, toilets and markets. There are many cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. At night, you can visit nightclubs around the beach. It is a unique beach to go to the beach at the end of the night entertainment.

  • Side Municipality Beach: Since it is a shallow beach, it is very suitable for families with children and babies. There are many beach clubs along the beach. Service quality is high. There are also cafes and restaurants nearby. It is mostly preferred by locals. It is crowded. Entry is free and prices are affordable.

  • Titreyen Lake Beach: It is located 3km away from the Sorgun. It is one of the most unique beaches of Side. It is called "(titreyen)shaking lake" due to the constant light wind and the constant shaking of the water surface. There is a fresh water lake adjacent to the beach. There are pine forests around. The lake contains many bird species, especially cormorants and Peking ducks. Around it, there are parks and gardens of various sizes that stand out with landscape planning. It is a quiet beach. There are many café and restaurants around.

  • Sorgun Beach: It is 1700 meters from Sorgun village. It is surrounded by mallow, orange, lemon and pine trees. The clearest water in the region is here. It is one of the best beaches in Side. The sea floor consists of small pebbles and sand. Çıplak ayak ile basıldığında rahatsız etmez.

  • Çolaklı plajı: 100 metre uzunluğunda ve 80 metre genişliğindedir. Merkeze 8.5km uzaklıktadır. Kum altın sarısı renginde ve incedir. Suyu çok temiz ve sığdır. Derinlik 40 metreye kadar 1,75 metreyi geçmez. Bu sahilde deniz rengi turkuazdır. It does not bother when pressed with bare feet.

    You pay a small fee for Sunbeds and Umbrellas. It is mostly preferred by families.

  • Evrenseki Beach: It is the west coast of Side. It has a wide and sandy beach. It is a clean beach with a blue flag. There are beach volleyball and beach soccer fields. Beach sand and slope are ideal for this type of beach sports. In addition, these fields are used in international tournaments. The service quality of beach clubs is high. There are many shops in the vicinity.

  • Kızılot Beach: It is located just under the Antalya-Alanya highway in Kızıl ot district. It is easy to go by car. There are no facilities or markets on the beach. When you go here, we recommend that you bring your needs such as water and food with you. It has a wide and sandy beach. The sea has medium depth and moderate waves.

    Due to the lack of beach club or market around, it is much more secluded than other beaches. It is the most popular hunting pasture in the region, where beach fishermen come in in winter. It is also suitable for those who want to camp with their own means.

  • Kızılağaç Beach: It is 1 km away from Manavgat Kizilagac district. It is famous with hard waves. The beach is sandy and suddenly gets deep. It is not suitable for families with children. Water temperature is lower than other beaches. There are many beach clubs along the beach. Transportation is easy.

Paid Beaches in Side

  • Oryantal Beach: There are great hotels around. It is a relatively calm and natural beach compared to other beaches. It is not very crowded. It is especially preferred in the covid-19 period. It is a wide beach. Beach sands start 500 meters before the sea. There are partly pebble, rocky and sandy sections. The waves are medium size. There are several beach clubs nearby. There are no facilities, restaurants or shopping centers around it. It is more natural and untouched than other beaches.

  • Seaside Beach Lounge: Entrance fees are high at this beach. The beach starts with pebbles. When depth reaches 1 meter, small and golden sands cover up to the bottom of sea. There is a cafe on the beach where you can find your food and drink needs. Service quality is high. Prices are higher than other beaches.

  • Dolphin beach: It is a big beach club. During the daytime, there is various activities on the beach. it continues to serve as a nightclub at the night. It has very large thematic pools. Pools are Connected by artificial water paths. The pools are decorated with artificial rocks, bridges and palm trees. Music is continued during day and night with Dj performance in the dolphin beach club. The sea is generally wavy, but there are no waves large enough to create a risk. The restaurant has an extensive menu. You can also get all kinds of imported and local drinks and cocktails from the bars in the facility.

  • Evrenseki Campground: It is located next to the evrenseki beach and west of the Side. It is possible to camp here daily or by accommodation. If you want, you can bring your own camping tent. If you don't have a tent you can rent it. Or, it is possible to stay in hotels and pensions right next to the facility. The camping area in the pine trees is shady and cool. With environmental lighting you can easily spend time on the beach and go into the sea throughout the night. You can enter the camping area with your car. There are tables and equipment for barbecue. There are also shops in the facility where you can supply all kinds of camping needs.

  • Boğaz Beach: It is where the Manavgat river joins the sea. Since it is at the joint with the river, natural beauties are more than other beaches. The sea is more aggressive than other beaches. It is the beach preferred by amateur fishermen and professional swimmers. It has a wavy sea. It cannot be said that it is very suitable for families with children.

  • Q Beach: One of the biggest beach clubs of Side is "q beach". It offers a complete entertainment concept including first class restaurant, football, basketball, volleyball courts, children's playgrounds, swimming pools. You will experience a different beachfront experience in luxury bungalow gazebos on lush green lawns that extend to the beach. Q Beach Restaurant has a variety of international chefs. We have to say that the prices are higher than other paid beach clubs. But if you buy food and drink from the inside, you don't pay for sunbeds and umbrellas.

    The facility is suitable for weddings, events and meetings due to its capacity and service quality.

History of Side

Side means "pomegranate" in the old language. Hesychius refers to this city as "the city of pomegranates". It is one of the oldest cities of history and culture in the world. According to ancient inscriptions, the history of the region begins with the Hittites in the 15th century BC. Until now, Hellenic kingdoms and Alexander the Great, Lydians and Persians, Greeks, Seljuks and Ottomans had lived here.

It is possible to say that it is a real world heritage in terms of cultural and architectural works. For more information, you can read the History of Side page on wikipedia.

side turkey photo collage

Historical places to visit in Side

Since it is a city that has hosted so many civilizations, there are many historical sites that can be visited. Below, we have listed the historical places to visit in Side.

Side Ancient City

side antique city
Aerial view of the ancient city of Side.

The first place you should see in Side is the ancient city of Side. Side was a trade and port city in the past. This city, built on a peninsula of 380 square kilometers, has a classical Greek urban planning. It was the largest port city of Pamphylia.

The places you can visit in Side ancient city are as follows;

side antique city map
Side ancient city map
  1. City Walls: For the safety of the city, the city was surrounded by walls. Most of the walls are still intact. The walls surrounded not only the city. Also The walls surrounded the seaport throughout under sea. In order for enter a ship from the sea to the harbor, it was supposed to pass through the sea gate.

  2. City Gates:The city surrounded by walls had two gates. Each gate was protected by two towers. In addition, fountains were built outside the gate.

  3. Colonnaded Streets: After the entrance of the gate, two large streets greet you. There are porticos made in chronite order on the sides of the streets. There are many shops around of the streets.

  4. Old Houses: The room design in the houses gives us clues about their lives. You can see the cellars and stoves that made properly to the climatic conditions. It is really interesting that some homes have European toilets and sewerage systems.

  5. Neighborhoods: There are 3 neighborhoods in the city. Neighborhoods were built considering class differences.

  6. Commercial Agora: It was a public building where meetings on politics, trade and religion were held. Tykhe temple was built in the agora to protect the city. There were many shops and one bath around the Agora.

  7. Agora: It was the place where the port trade and Slave trade is carried out.

  8. Ancient Roman Theater: It is the largest ancient roman theater in Anatolia with a capacity of 1700 people. It has Hellenistic and Roman Period features. The largest columns in Pamphylia are located here. In the late roman period also used for apart from the theater, the animal fights and gladiator fights. It has a semicircular shape. Its stage has 3 floors. The theater section is on the top floor.

  9. Roman Aqueducts: It is an engineering wonder. Imagine that 2500 years ago, water was brought to the city from the water source 35 kilometers away by aqueducts. Moreover, the terrain along the arch is rough. It's worth to be seen.

  10. Water Cisterns: It is the place where the water that comes to the city with aqueducts is stored. It has been tried to keep the water fresh with the ventilation channels.

  11. Necropolis (City Cemeteries): It is the section where cemeteries are located. In the past, cemeteries were located outside the city walls.

  12. Fountains: The most magnificent fountain of the city was the Nymphaeum fountain with three pools. Nymphaeum is the god of water. Due to the belief that the sea brings wealth, its importance in the city was great. In the past, prayers were made in this fountain on sea holidays held every year. This fountain, which has only one floor now, was originally 3 floors. Another fountain worth seeing is the Vespasianus fountain.

  13. Great Bath: It was a large bathhouse with a water reservoir and underfloor heating system. It gives clues about the technical and engineering information of the period. It was located next to the agora that behind the theater. In other words, it was built in the most crowded part of the city. The building consists of five sections and a courtyard. heatness, warmness and sauna areas are closed. The other two parts are; It is the coldness and the pool part and it is in the open air. In addition, changing rooms were also built.

  14. Sea Ports: The part of the city adjacent to the sea is relatively rocky and deepening suddenly. The city was built on this peninsula, probably because it was suitable for the port. The perimeter of the harbor (under water) is surrounded by ramparts. An entrance gate has been built into the water to control the entrance of the boats. The gate was protected by towers against enemy attacks.

  15. Apollon Temple (Phoinos Apollon): It was built in front of the harbor to welcome the guests coming to the harbor during the Roman peace period. It is named after Apollo who is god of art, sun and fire. A large part of the temple was destroyed. The remaining part is enough to explain how magnificent the building is. In order to temple get to sun lights continuously no other structures were built around the temple. Between 250-300 AD, the city became Christian and most of the temple was dismantled for the construction of a basilica.

  16. Basilicas: Laws and judicial proceedings were discussed in these courts. They were built in such a way that the public and relatives of the litigants can see the court process. Over time, it has merged with the churches.

  17. Churches and the Episcopal Palace: They are monastic churches with a Greek cross plan. The episcopal palace is in H-shape. There was also a small chapel with a closed Greek cross plan.

  18. Palaces: It is located right next to the episcopal palace. It is the area where the king, clergy and prominent people of the city live.

  19. Guesthouse: Guesthouses were located around the Episcopal Palace. Agora ve sarayların bulunduğu bölümde şehre gelen saygın kişiler ağırlandı.

  20. Agora Bath (Side Museum): This area, which is currently operating as a museum, is really impressive. When you enter into it, you feel as if you lived in those times. Inside the museum, there are sarcophagi, weapon reliefs, portraits, altars, column heads, column bases and sculptures. All the historical remains unearthed in archaeological excavations since 1947 are exhibited here.

  21. Dionysus Temple: It was built in the early Roman period. People were believe that God came to life in the Theater. That's why the temple was built right next to the Theater. This connection between Dionysus and the theater is also depicted in cassette reliefs.

  22. Harbor Bath: The bathhouse, located between the port square and the port, was mostly frequented by port visitors and merchants. It resembles the big bathhouse in the city center in terms of structure. But it is smaller. Archaeological excavations are still going on here.

  23. State Agora: It was the administrative center of the city.It was the most important public building of the state. It is impossible not to feel that it was an imposing place in the past with its giant columns and imperial statues.

Selge Ancient City

drone view of selge amphitheater
Drone view of Selge Amphitheater

It was built about 3000 years ago. The first coin in the region was minted here. It is known that the people living in Selge specialize in wine, olives and herbs. The places you can visit in Selge Ancient City are the ancient theater, streets, waterway, arch bridge, side bridge, chapel and garrison buildings. Entrance is free. The ancient city is partially active. Excavations continue.

Lyrbe (Seleukeia) Ancient City

drone view of selge lyrbe(seleukeia)
drone view of the Lyrbe(seleukeia) ancient city

It was built with Hellenistic period architecture. It has similar characteristics with the ancient city of Side. It has already been made in the same period with the ancient city of Side. The library section inside shows that it is have developed civilization. Since it was established in a forested area, it has been eroded by nature until today. But it is enjoyable to wander in this city, which is located in the Mediterranean plateaus.

Etenna Ancient City

The date of its construction has not yet been determined. But its architecture is different from all the surrounding ancient cities. The altitude is 900 meters. The city was also used in the Byzantine period. There are basilicas, agora, church, cisterns that you can see in Etenna.

Aspendos Bridge

aspendos bridge
Aspendos Bridge

It was built by the Romans in the 4th century AD. The bridge, which collapsed due to the earthquake, was repaired during the Seljuk period. It consists of 7 sections. It is very close to the ancient city of Aspendos. If you visit Aspendos, we definitely recommend you to see this bridge.

Button Houses

It is around the village of Ormana. Founded by Greeks and Armenians, the village was later used by the Ottomans. It takes its name from the architectural structure of the houses. The houses were built without using any mortar technique. There are about 300 houses in the village. They were made by filling stones between sandy and cedar trees. The houses with their unique wood carvings and handcrafts provide information about the culture of the time. The village is in high areas. It is an impressive place with its green nature and bird's eye view.

Yoruk(Nomad) Museum

"Yörük" is the name given to the nomadic Anatolian peoples. They generally deal with animal husbandry. They live by migrating continuously according to the climatic conditions. This museum, where you can observe the nomadic lifestyle in social and cultural terms, is exhibited in an area of 4000 square meters.

Covid-19 Measures for Tourism in Turkey in 2021

Some protective measures were taken for the tourists who will travel to Turkey in 2021. Although the cure of the disease has not been found yet, relying on preventive measures is the only thing that can be done right now. If you are elderly or have a chronic illness, we do not recommend traveling.

Another important news is; The government decided vaccination all tourism workers in Turkey. Aşılama çalışmaları resmi olarak 7 Nisan 2021 tarihinde başlamıştır. It is planned that all tourism workers will be vaccinated by June. Hotels and tourist facilities that have not completed vaccination will not be able to receive a safe tourism certificate.

Below we have listed all the measures taken for the tourists coming to Turkey.

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Covid-19 Measures at Airports

  • Submission of PCR tests made in the last three days. If the test has not been done, Covid-19 PCR test can be done at the airport.
  • Body temperature measurement with thermal cameras.
  • Obligation to wear a mask.
  • Social distance information lines at the airport.

Covid-19 Measures in the Transfer Vehicle

  • Routine disinfection and ventilation of vehicles.
  • Obligation to wear a mask in the vehicle.
  • Obligation of driver and personnel to use hand sanitizer and mask.
  • Free disinfectants and masks in the vehicle.
  • Carrying passengers up to 50% of the vehicle capacity.

Covid-19 Precautions in Hotels

  • Obligation to be informed about the measures
  • Room card, reception bell, pen, etc. continuous disinfection of equipment
  • The requirement to accept a maximum of 50% of the hotel capacity.
  • Presence of precaution signs in every section of the hotel.
  • Keeping the rooms empty for half a day after leaving, ventilating and disinfecting them
  • Keeping isolated rooms and medical personnel to be used in case of an incident

Covid-19 Precautions in Restaurants

  • The obligation to receive maximum half of the restaurant capacity
  • Table distances suitable for social distance rules
  • Keeping disinfectants on the tables
  • Continuous disinfection of frequently touched areas

Covid-19 Precautions in Trips

  • Determination of the capacity according to the areas visited during the trip (capacity less than 50% in some trips)
  • Personnel working with a mask
  • Disposable materials in common areas.
  • Body temperature measurement when entering confined spaces

City-wide Covid-19 Measures

  • The mask has to be installed on the streets in Turkey and in the social sphere. Public transportation vehicles serve with half capacity.
  • Locals are not allowed to go out on weekends. This enforcement starts at 21:00 on Friday evening and ends at 05:00 on Monday morning. There are no curfews for tourists.
  • The locals cannot go out from 21:00 in the evening until 05:00 in the morning on weekdays. Again, this restriction does not apply to tourists.
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