Take a journey back in time, with a visit to the attractive Turkish city of Side. Side is an ancient Greek port city and its home to many fascinating ancient Roman ruins. The city combines old charm with the modern style of 21st century Turkey; Side is a lively city with plenty of stylish bars, cafés and restaurants to choose from. It’s also home to two sandy beaches, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine. Side holidays are just one option for you to choose from our selection of cheap and All Inclusive holiday destinations in Turkey.
Temperatures are cool in the winter and hot in the summer, when they range from the mid-20s to low 30s (°C).
3 hours 30 minutes
The closest airport to Side is Antalya Airport, which is only 64km away.
Book a cheap holiday to Side with Airtours for sunshine filled days at the beach, buzzing bars and restaurants and captivating Roman ruins.
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Side is just one of your holiday options from our series of exciting, cheap and All Inclusive destinations in Turkey. It’s most famous for the beautiful Roman ruins that are scattered around the resort, including the stunning Temple of Apollo and the Amphitheatre, where many festivals, concerts and events are held today. Side is a lively holiday destination; the resort has many hip bars, cosy cafés and a range of classy restaurants serving up a variety of popular cuisine. The local beaches are the perfect suntraps, where you can make the most of the fantastic Turkish weather. The beaches also offer a variety of fun watersports if you’re feeling adventurous.
Side is famous for its gorgeous Roman ruins. There is a large Amphitheatre; an incredible sight of crumbling stone overlooking the Turkish countryside, where it’s easy to imagine the ancient gladiator battles and roaring Roman crowds. The Amphitheatre is also a great place to catch the local music concerts, dance performances and festivals; the ruins give the performances an extra special charm. Sacred fountains, aqueducts and Roman baths are some of the fabulous ruins you can catch a glimpse of today. The Apollo Temple is another incredible structure; it was crafted in the 2nd century and is one of the most impressive of the local ruins. To get to know more about Side’s history, you can always check out the local museum, which has set up shop in a restored Roman bath.
Side has a range of exciting restaurants and bars to choose from; there are the open aired cafés and restaurants dotted around the harbor, where you can soak up the sunshine or enjoy a meal in the moonlight. The bars and clubs in the centre light up the old Roman ruins with their bright lights at night; the range of stylish bars and clubs draw a cool crowd with their great cocktail menus and understated DJs.
The local beaches of Side are brilliant places to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the incredible, warm Turkish weather during your holiday. Long, soft, sandy beaches with picturesque views of the rolling, turquoise sea bring locals and holiday goers alike. There are also lots of exhilarating watersports to get involved in and boat tours out to the colourful, surrounding areas.
History enthusiasts: Be transported back in time with the Roman ruins at Side, including an incredible colossal Roman amphitheatre, where the gladiators fought.
Bohemian bar hoppers: Looking for some chic, bohemian bars, serving up killer cocktails? The trendy bars of Side are sure to impress you.
Beach chillers: Take some time out for yourself and enjoy the impressive local, natural scenery, relaxing on the golden sands of the Side beaches.
Language: Turkish is the official language.
Currency: Turkish Lira is the main currency of the area.
Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly To: The closest airport to Side is Antalya Airport, which is only 45km away.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.
Tourist Information: All important tourist information on travelling to Side can be found at www.goturkey.com
Visa and Health: Before you fly to Side with Airtours visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Turkey for help and advice on visa requirements and health considerations for your holiday to Side.
Temperature: Temperatures are generally in the low 30s (°C) in the summer and the weather is cool in the winter, autumn and spring.
Best time to visit: Make the most of the summer sunshine and heat during the summer or take a break in the cooler months. Spring and autumn are great times to travel if you’re looking for a bargain deal.
By train: There isn’t a local trainline operating but there are plenty of other cheap forms of travel in the local area.
By taxi: Taxis are a fast and reasonably cheap way to travel in the area.
By hire car: You can organise a hire car, either booking in advance or once you arrive.
By bus: Buses are cheap and frequently run from the town centre.
For airplane enthusiasts: The Side Airshow, held in May, wows spectators with impressive aircraft and midair tricks.
For appreciators of culture: The Side Culture and Art Festival celebrates art, culture and music and brings together famous artists, musicians and dancers from all over the world. Much of the festival takes place around the Roman ruins, giving the festival a little bit of extra magic. The festival brings the old ruins to life between July and September.
For folk Lovers: The colourful ‘Fire of Anatolia Festival’ celebrates folk dance and music, throughout history. The festival takes place in July.