Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. This was an ancient harbour whose name meant “pomegranate”. Today, it is a pretty resort town, very popular because of its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, a variety of shops and plentiful tourist accommodation. There are numerous cafes and restaurants with a view of the sea and the narrow streets are lined with shops selling typical Turkish handicrafts including handmade leather goods and magnificent gold jewellery. Discos are just a part of the active night life. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Next to the theatre is an agora. The creamywhite columns of the Apollo Temple make a striking contrast against the blue sea. The extensive Roman bath, now a museum, houses one of Turkey’s finest archaeological collections.

The west side of Side also has holiday resorts, including the inviting spots of Kumkoy,Evrenseki and Colaklı. Here, too, you can enjoy the sun and sea while being close to antiquecity.

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