Side Holidays – Golden beaches and ancient Roman ruins

Formerly a sleepy fishing village, Side has long since abandoned its roots to explode into a bustling, vibrant tourist town. This is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey; you’ll find an almost overwhelming number of souvenir shops, tavernas, cafes, restaurants and bars along the city’s central drag, as well as in the labyrinth of alleyways that come off it. Juxtaposed with this are the ancient Hellenistic ruins that dot the resort, including the Temple of Apollo, a 15,000-seat Roman Amphitheatre, bathhouses, fountains and gateways.

The resort is on a peninsula, at the peak of which an attractive harbour is set, providing a lovely setting for an evening meal in one of the waterfront restaurants. Either side of the harbour are two long golden beaches that stretch out like arms. Most of the nightlife is concentrated along the beachfront, where there is a variety of boisterous bars and clubs.

Popular excursions here include trips to the ancient sites at Aspendos and Perge, and boat trips up the Manavgat River up to the Manavgat Falls. For families, there’s plenty to do here including horse-riding, camel rides on the beach, many watersports, quad biking and white water rafting. Side has something for everyone; whether you’re after a beaches, culture, lively nightlife or family activities.