History of Side
Beaches of Side
There are two beaches, one to the west, a 10km expanse of fine sand, lined with expensive hotels, beach clubs and has facilities for parasailing, waterskiing, diving, fishing and boat tours. And Sorgun beach, 3km on the east side, is much quieter, well maintained and also has water sport facilities. There are hundreds of places to eat out offering every cuisine imaginable, with the restaurants at the harbour and along the shoreline being more expensive than those inland. There are good seafood restaurants offering a wide range of fish including the trout that is locally farmed from Manavgat .
Side comes alive at night and has a good variety of entertainment to suit everyone, such as the open air nightclubs with guest DJs, dance clubs in the town centre and along with Western beach. There are many bars catering to all musical tastes, but if you are looking for a quieter time avoid the main part of town, harbour promenade and beachfront.
Transportation and AccommodationThe best accommodation is within the city walls and all amenities are within walking distance, including the beach. Intercity buses take you to Sorgun otogar and from there the dolmus run every 20 minutes to Side’s small bus station that is only a few minute’s walk into town. Side is great for pedestrians as cars can only enter the city at certain times.
Places to Visit in Side
Agora, Temple of Fortuna and Roman BathsOn the road into Side you pass through the ancient city gate and there are a number of well preserved towers still in place along the city walls. A colonnaded street runs to the agora, where the slave market was held, and the foundations of a Temple of Fortuna can be seen at its centre.
Opposite the agora are the restored Roman baths now home to a museum.
Side Theatre and Fountain MemorialNext to the Monumental Gate at the entrance to the town’s resort, is an excavated fountain memorial built in 74 AD to Vespasian. Inside the gate is Side’s spectacular theatre, the largest in Pamphylia seating 20,000, with its surrounding 2m wall to protect the audience from the wild animals during the gladiatorial shows.
Temple of Apollo and AthenaLeading down to the old harbour are the Temples of Apollo and Athena. The partly re-erected Athena temple with its white portico, has become Side’s trademark.
Antique BathsThe remains of the antique baths behind the Nilgin Market are said to have been where Cleopatra once bathed.
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Soho Club Antalya
Turkish Food Recipes
Fried Aubergine & Bell Peppers - Hot Meze
Roasted Red Peppers - Vegetable Mezes
Chicken Meatballs - White Meat Courses
Chicken with Walnuts or Cerkez Chicken - Other Mezes
Mosaic Cake - Cakes & Cookies
Tea Time Pastry
Pilaf Rice with Lamb & Aubergine - Red Meat Courses