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Introducing Side

Down at the harbour the re-created colonnade of the Temple of Athena marches towards the blue sea. At the top of the old town's gentle hill, Side's theatre still lords it up over the surrounding countryside. Between the two, the lanes of this once docile fishing village have long since given themselves over to souvenir peddlers and restaurant touts intent on hustling for business. Despite the constant stream of visitors hunting for bargains, the liberal scattering of glorious Roman and Hellenistic ruins sitting incongrously between shops means if you scrunch your eyes up for a minute you can just about imagine the shoppers picking over togas rather than T-shirts.