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    Tourist Attractions in Side

    The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Side. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Side

    The Turkish resort of Side, located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, is a small and cozy town with a rich history. It was founded by the Greeks in the VII century BC. The city passed from one conqueror to another, but the Romans worked most for its benefit. Today, tourists can admire the architectural sights of the Roman period all over Side.

    Due to the hot climate, long coastline, high-quality beaches and developed infrastructure, the resort has long gained popularity among travelers from different countries. There are large hotel complexes operating on the “all inclusive” system, small boutique hotels, apartments and villas – everyone will be able to find accommodation to their taste.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Side

    Temple of Apollo

    The ancient temple of the Greek god Apollo is the main attraction of Side. It was built in the II century. The structure stood for almost 800 years before the earthquake of the X century. Today, the once majestic building lies in ruins – only part of the facade with five columns has been preserved from it. The remains of the temple are located on the seashore, they harmoniously fit into the picturesque coastal landscape.

    Temple of Apollo
    Antique Amphitheater

    Antique Amphitheater

    Presumably, the amphitheater was built during the Roman era, when Side was part of a thriving trading colony. The structure is quite well preserved to this day, despite its considerable age. The stone stands, which could accommodate up to 20 thousand spectators, the stage and the walls have survived many centuries of history. The amphitheater in Side is the best preserved structure of this type in Turkey.

    Side Museum

    A small archaeological museum with an entertaining exposition, where artifacts of the ancient era (Hellenistic and Roman periods) found during excavations are collected. Archaeologists discovered most of the items in the XX century. Statues, sarcophagi, reliefs, elements of urban structures are exhibited here. The collection is located in three halls of the room where the Roman baths used to be located.

    Side Museum
    Side City Walls

    Side City Walls

    The city walls are the remains of defensive structures of the II century BC. The fortifications are located on the mainland side. The part of them that was located on the side of the bay has not reached our days. Over the centuries, the walls have been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, therefore, today they look like a pile of independent buildings of different eras, consisting of several levels.

    Arched gates

    The gate is located in the northern part of the city, through which you can get to the historical part of Side. The main street of the ancient colony begins from the arch. The structure was erected in the I century in honor of the Roman emperor Vespasian. It was a grandiose structure, reaching a length of 6 meters. Over time, the gates were greatly destroyed, but even now, by what remains of them, you can appreciate the monumentality of Roman architecture.

    Arched gates

    Fountain Nympheum

    A three-storey structure more than 5 meters in height, for many years decorated the Roman city. Once upon a time, streams of water flowed through the marble niches of the fountain, surrounded by Corinthian columns and antique statues, brightly shimmering in the rays of the gentle Mediterranean sun. Today, the remnants of the former luxury continue to impress the audience and make them plunge into the atmosphere of the ancient era.

    Ancient Roman aqueduct

    One of the important achievements of Roman civilization is a well–established water supply system, which provided water delivery to cities using stone aqueducts. These structures stand all over the Mediterranean, reminding of the greatness and progress of a bygone civilization. Side also has its own aqueduct. Its length was about 30 km, of which 13 km were laid through tunnels.

    Ancient Roman aqueduct
    Aspendos Bridge

    Aspendos Bridge

    A bridge of the XIII century on the Kepruchai River, built on the site of an old Roman structure during the time of the Seljuk Turks. The length of the structure is 225 meters, the width is 4.5 – 5.7 meters. It consists of five wide stone arches. From the side, the bridge looks humped, since over time its supports have shifted from their original place. Aspendos is on the way to the amphitheater, it is worth stopping here to admire the picturesque river banks.

    Manavgat Waterfall

    The waterfall is located in the city of the same name, located next door in Side. It stands in the very center, which suggests that this attraction is not of natural origin. Manavgat is a structure of several staircases and platforms made in the form of ancient ruins. At the very top there is a viewing platform from where you can admire the surroundings of the town.

    Manavgat Waterfall
    Side Beaches

    Side Beaches

    The city beaches are divided into two sections: the western (public) zone located along the promenade and the eastern one, which is distributed among the hotels. The first has all the necessary available infrastructure, the second service is provided by a specific hotel. All beaches are covered with large golden sand, have a convenient descent into the water and are perfectly adapted for a comfortable stay.