Side’s Roman amphitheatre
Photo by: Nick Irvine-Fortescue, Creative Commons

Side (see-deh) is an ancient town in the southern coast of Turkey. Its name is of Anatolian origin and pronounced as ‘see-day’. The name means pomegranate. It is located in the region of Pamphylia. Its area stretches around 1km long and 400 meters across. Originally, it was an ancient harbour city of Greece. Today, it is a famous classical city and resort town. Side is an important archaeological site that has preserved great ruins of ancient times. It is considered the most notable in Asia Minor. In March 29, 2006 Side became a popular spot for watching the solar eclipse.

Weather in Side is constant. The lowest day time temperatures are during the months of December to March. Rainy days are also to be expected during these months. The best way to get to Side is from Antalya International airport which is just 45km away. There are direct flights and all-year round flights from European countries.

The history of Side are very colorful and turbulent. But its most influential inhabitants were the Romans. Their ruins are the main attraction of Side and the most timeless. The Old town is filled with shops of many kinds. The Roman Amphitheatre still survives and is still used for various performances. In the summer months there’s an annual arts festival being held in this area. The Temple of Apollo and other ruins surround the resort area – a feature you can only see in Side.

Side is also known for its golf courses. There are six at Belek and two other courses are in the planning stages. Horse riding along the sandy trails is another resort feature. The sandy beaches are clean and boast of picturesque views of the sea and its classic surroundings.

The Museum of Side is located at the other side of the road near the amphitheatre. It’s a small museum that showcases rare artifacts of burial remains and structural ruins. It has four halls namely Frigidarium, Sudatorium, Caldarium, and Tepidarium. These actually are old Roman baths converted into exhibit rooms. From the entrance, the left side leads to a work area where restorations are conducted.

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