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Side Local History

The town was founded by Aeolians of the Aegean region and its history extends back to 7C BC. In the two centuries following Alexander the Great, it was dominated by the Seleucids from Syria and the Ptolemy from Egypt.

The most extraordinary of the structures to be seen in the town had been constructed during 2C BC and 3C BC. By 10C BC the site was left abandoned, due to earthquakes, Christian zealots and Arab raids. The last settlement in Side was in 1895 when Turkish immigrants from Crete settled in the town. This settlement act as the nucleus of the present town.

Side Attractions

Top Attractions

Antalya Museum - Located on the outskirts of the city of Antalya,this is one of Turkey's largest museums. It features 14 exhibition halls and an open-air gallery. The museum covers an areaof 7000 m² and has 5000 works of art exhibited.

Diving - There is a diving school located in the town of Kas which offers classes or alternatively you can check by the harbour for locals offering diving courses. If you decide to give it a go you can expect to see a beautiful array of sea creatures like octopus, fish and also wrecks and possibly dolphins.

Boat trips - There are many one-day boat tours available, the most popular as well as most rewarding one being the glass-bottomed boat Aqua Alkim. As the discription states it is glass-bottomed, which allows you to see everything in the ocean below you. A wonderful experience awaits you should you decide try it out.

Surf Bar Turn immediately right at Hamiskoy retaurant, walk down to the bottom of the hill and you will find the warmest of welcomes from Mustafa and his staff at the Surf bar. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, smoking pipes available with a variety of fruit tobaccos, excellent basic menu with is just the best value for money and they have a large screen which plays (silent) funny videos tv ads etc. We have been back time and time again and from the very first visit felt like we were part of a family, very highly recommended.
submitted by S Hancock, 29/09/08

Zumrut Restaurant You will find this place on the right hand side as you walk down to Side beach. The people are so friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have an enjoyable meal. We ate here several times as the food was really good and they were such nice people.
submitted by A Taylor, 16/06/08

Zumrut In a back street going down to the other beach in Side, not near the harbour. Lovely family restaurant with a garden. Looks very basic but food is great and very reasonable, especially the Sea Bass. Home made butter with the bread and they do variations on potatoes i.e. roast or boiled. The service is also great and they are really honest here which cannot be said of all restaurants in Side.
submitted by Susan Kovbasyuk, 27/05/08

Etiket and Robinsons Bar These two eating places are just outside Side near Kumkoy, they are fantastic, great service and food second to none. You will find them most competative and very Turkish.
submitted by Halieell, 21/06/07

Anatolia This restaurant is awful. Owned by an English woman who treats her staff like they are low life, it would not be allowed in the UK, I felt embarrassed to be English. Bad food and would be good service if it was left to the Turkish. DONT GO THERE
submitted by Jane, 20/06/07

Linda Bar Savas is wonderful and really gets you moving. Hands off, he's mine!!
submitted by Catherine, 29/05/07

Linda Bar and Golden Fizz bar Both great dance bars they do not get going untill about 11pm but I could not chose between the two, your well looked after, drinks are good price. They are both next to each other in Kumkoy just past the oxcy disco. You have to give them a try
submitted by Linda, 07/04/07

Sultans On the main road to Manavgat at the back of the sunday market excellent food, good prices. One of the owners is English. Ihan and Mehmet will do anything they can to make you feel at home.
submitted by Eileen, 24/11/06

Aqua restaurant Try the Aqua Restaurant - just before you get into the bustle of the main town (on the way to the ampitheatre). Extremely friendly, lovely, decent people - ask for Yilmaz and Osman (aka Pespi) - great people - made our holiday!
submitted by Ruth Rogers, 24/08/06

Mehmet's Bar Overlooking the main town beach, this cafe / bar is a relaxing place to unwind. It catches the sea breezes and the service is excellent from a family run establishment. Basic food and drink but that's all you need on holiday.
submitted by Ali, 23/05/06

Side Shopping

In the old town, the mini market is open all hours for shopping for carpets, jewellery, leather, brassware and all kinds of trinkets. Browsing is near impossible due to the constant hard-selling techniques of the hawkers. Also available at the market is fresh food and drinks. Expect to find a few stalls selling traditional Turkish sovenirs.

Side Beaches

Beautiful long wide golden beaches extend for kilometers, dipping gently down into the shallow sea, with very calm waters it makes it a suitable place for children to enjoy themselves.

Coastguard stations are positioned along the beach, making it a very safe beach to visit. It offers a wonderful opportunity to either lay on the beach and soak up the sun or alternatively enjoy any of the watersports that are available.

Side Restaurants and Bars

Side Restaurants

Liman Restaurant - Located in the Harbour, it features a menu consisting of delicious fresh fish and an awesome view of the harbour area.

Aphrodite Restaurant - A stunning restaurant located on the square next to the waterfront. It has a lovely atmosphere and serves wonderful fish dishes, as well as some very tasty meat dishes. If you visit the restaurant remember to try their specialty kuzu baligi (mutton fish), which tastes like swordfish.

Side Bars & Clubs

Baracuda Cafe & Bar - Located on the beach front, this is a very well known bar featuring a perfect party atmosphere. It is the ideal place to let your hair down and do it all night long…

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