- Side All inclusive holidays
Packed with ancient ruins, fabulous beaches and plenty of attractions for families, Side (originally known as Selimiye) on the Turkish coast has become one of the regions favourite destinations. This is the kind of location that brochures love, packed full of photogenic Roman ruins and palm trees silhouetted against fabulous sunsets. Throw in soft white sandy beaches and clear blue oceans, and you have the perfect sunshine destination.
If you fancy escaping the usual tourist crowds and exploring a little further afield, then the Side area has plenty to offer. Green Lake and Canyon near Manavgat is a delightful and relatively crowd free spot and perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. Head a little further along the coast towards Alanya and you’ll discover the hidden delights of Sapiderme Canyon. With nearly 30 waterfalls tumbling down its steep sides, it’s a great spot if you fancy trying a bit of landscape photography.
The huge amphitheatre of Aspendos is only a short distance from Side, and during the summer hosts a great programme of ballet and opera performances.
There is so much to see and do on holidays to Side that one trip will never be enough. This entire coastline has been an archaeological goldmine for years, and if you love ruined temples and ancient amphitheatres then you’re spoilt for choice here. Head a little further up the coast towards Antalya and you’ll stumble across both Roman and Hellenic ruins along the way, all of which provide you with some serious photo opportunities.
If the kids get bored with all things ancient, why not bring the holiday up to date with a trip to the Antalya Aqua park? This huge water park is packed to the gates with slides, flumes, pools and wave machines that are perfect for a family day out, or two!
Side is packed with historic landmarks, and you could spend all of your Side all inclusive holiday simply wandering around some of the best preserved Hellenic and Roman ruins in Europe. Top of the list has to be the temples of Apollo and Athena. It’s a small site, but it manages to pack an awful lot in, and is definitely one for the romantics. The temple of Athena dates from around the 2nd century BC, and has been partly reconstructed so you can get a good idea of what it would have looked like in its heyday.
Another 2nd century masterpiece is the Theatre, which when it was first built could seat up to 20,000 spectators. Along the wall of the stage building or ‘skene’ you’ll see a series of carvings depicting comic and tragic figures and faces. Guided tours are the best way to learn more about the theatre and the Hellenic period in general.
A particularly striking landmark in the town is the circular Temple of Tyche, dedicated to the goddess of good fortune. If you want to see something a little more ‘everyday’ then right next door to the temple is a remarkably well preserved ancient latrine, complete with 24 marble toilet seats!
The ruined Basilica was originally constructed in the 5th century AD on what may have been a saint’s burial ground, although there is no actual evidence of this. Destroyed in the 7th century and then rebuilt, its remains can still be seen today. Nearby is the old gate into Side, which marks the traditional entrance point into the old town. A section of the old main street is lined with the ruins of shops and houses dating back nearly two thousand years, complete with mosaic floors and tiles still on view.
There are plenty of opportunities to dance the night away in Side. Holidays with groups of friends are well catered for here, with top quality clubs and bars all along the beach front, which are open into the small hours. Door policies are fairly relaxed, and there are lots of two for one drinks offers, making Side a great place for a budget holiday. Top of the club list has to be the Oxyd Disco, which attracts revellers and world class DJs from all over Europe during the summer. It’s noisy, it’s buzzing, and it’s perfect if you’ve got plenty of energy left for dancing after a day relaxing on the beach.
Families and those who prefer their holidays in Side a little bit more laid back should head away from the main front and into the town itself, where you’ll find smaller bars and clubs with a much more relaxed vibe. Jazz is incredibly popular in Turkey, so expect to hear some excellent live musicians playing smooth riffs peppered with the occasional blues set.
All of the hotels put on themed evenings where you can get a glimpse of Turkish culture, but if you want something a little more authentic then look for small tavernas that also provide diners with an evening show as well. For the kids, most hotels will provide kid’s clubs during the day and children’s entertainers.
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Side
All inclusive holidays to Side are usually scheduled for the peak seasons from Easter onwards, just when the weather is starting to really warm up on the Turkish Riviera. Around April you can expect temperatures in the mid-20s, while June, July and August sees the thermometer climb up to over 30°C. During the summer you can expect 12 hours of sunshine a day, so pack your Factor 50 for the kids! During the winter months expect a bit more rain, although temperatures don’t dip much below 15-20°C. If you don’t like the heat then choose the cooler autumn months to visit, when Side is also less crowded. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Side? Check out our other amazing deals for Side holidays!