Sightseeing in Side - what to see. Complete travel guide

Side is a city with rich history. In the past this place was a sanctuary for all sorts of criminals, misfits, pirates and runaway slaves. This is also the former largest slave market in Asia Minor. Nowadays this city has become a large museum under the open sky, which is carefully guarded by the Turkish government.
Side is a prosperous resort that is popular among fans of various types of recreation. Various leisure activities are offered to fans of active pastime. Rafting fans should definitely visit … Open
Side is still surrounded by ancient city walls, however, the main gates have been damaged. All people, who enter Side for the first time, cannot take their eyes off of the main monumental fountain of the city named Nymphaeum. This fountain was built during the times of Emperor Vespasian. The ancient Agora marketplace, which has the shape of a square, is the location of fragments of the altar devoted to the goddess Fortuna. On the perimeter of the square you will find numerous fine galleries and shops. You can also visit the restored old city baths in Side, which now holds the collection of the local museum with artifacts of the Roman period. You will find here amazing sculptures and sarcophagi.
The main attractions of the ancient city are the magnificent amphitheater built in the II century for gladiatorial combats and later used as a church under the open sky, and two temples dedicated to Greek gods Athena and Apollo, which are also located in the bay area. Copyright
1. The vast majority of popular hotels are located in the central area of Side. Budget travelers should pay attention to hotels in a remote part of the city; in this case, the cost of … Open
An old aqueduct is one of the unique monuments of Roman civilization. It is part of the oldest water system. Today, similar stone structures can be seen in various parts of the Mediterranean. During the reign of Romans, they were used to deliver water to the city. The length of the aqueduct in Side was about 30 km. Its 13 km were tunneled through the mountains. Only a fragment of a once extensive stone structure has survived to date.
The Aspendos bridge is a monument of a later period. It was built in the 13th century on the site of an ancient Roman building. This bridge has perfectly preserved to our days. It has a length of 225 meters, and a minimum width of 4.5 meters. From the very first glance, one can notice some faults in its design. For hundreds of years, its supports have shifted from their original places, so nowadays the bridge gives rather a bad impression. Against a background of the surrounding natural beauty, the old bridge looks simply unique.
Side is a picturesque town with an abundance of excellent restaurants and cafes. Their menu will impress those who have long wished to try popular dishes of Turkish cuisine and enjoy unique … Open
Side is full of amazing natural attractions. Manavgat waterfall is worth particular attention. The waterfall is located in the very center of the town of the same name. It is man-made and surrounded by heavy tree cover of the park. Beautiful viewing platforms are equipped there for visitors. The park has lots of places to go on holiday and sports entertainment.
In the immediate vicinity of Side is an ancient Alarahan fortress, that stands on the top of the mountain. This ancient defensive structure has a special location. It stood at the Silk Road and served as a reliable shelter for numerous caravans. When the trade began to fade, the fortress ended up abandoned. The historical monument has preserved only partially to this day. To climb the fortress, you'll need to overcome a steep staircase cut down in a rock. A wonderful panorama of the surrounding area is opened from above.
It’s worth to start exploring city's sights visiting the Agora square. Several centuries ago, it was the busiest place in the city; there were ​​stalls and a variety of craft … Open
Near the city is Turkey's largest canyon water storage called the Green Canyon. Its depth is about 100 meters. The canyon constantly feeds more than 25 natural springs. Travelers are attracted by its impressive view. They can admire the nearby mountain scenery. Part of mountain slopes is covered with dense green vegetation.
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Survived castles around Side
♥   Castle 'Alanya Castle' , 59.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Side from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Sabanci Congress and Fair Centre

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
If you visited the event in the centre and didn’t have an opportunity to estimate its decoration, don’t break down. You can just adore the building and walk in the surrounding garden. Since the building, Sabanci Congress and Exhibition Center is a regular place of country cultural events. In May there is held so-called trade fair “The household goods” where are presented item from Egypt, Iran, Russia, South Korea, Senegal and other countries. The congress and exhibition centre is used as a permanent place for the final of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Also, there is held the beer festival that is an analogue of the world-known Octoberfest. … Read further

Aspendos Amphitheatre

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
The amphitheater built by Zenon was incredibly beautiful and was decorated with numerous fine statues and sculptures. Unfortunately, they haven’t survived to our days. Spectator seats have been carefully restored. Today, ballet and opera performances take place in the theater frequently. This is where the most famous artists in the world appear. Jose Carreras, as well as other famous opera singers, visited the ancient theater several times. The amphitheater of Aspendos, which can hold up to 7000 people, is one of the largest in the world. … Read further

Sightseeing in regions nearby Side

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