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Temples of Apollo & Athena

This compact site is one of the most romantic on the Mediterranean coast. Apollo and Athena were Side's deities, although Apollo eventually became more important. The Temple of Athena dates from the 2nd century BC, …
Ruins in Side


Built in the 2nd century AD, Side's spectacular theatre could seat up to 20,000 spectators and rivals the nearby theatre of Aspendos for sheer drama. Look at the wall of the skene (stage building) for reliefs of fig…
Museum in Side

Side Museum

Contained within a 5th-century bathhouse, Side's museum has an impressive (if small) collection of statues, sarcophagi, reliefs and coins.
Beach in Side

Eastern Beach

If you walk down Barbaros Caddesi, passing by the large State Agora ruin, you'll come to the lovely Eastern Beach, which is a prime spot of sand on which to throw down your beach towel. You can rent sun-loungers and…
Beach in Side

Sandy Beach

Side's main beach is north of the centre, and backed by rows of resort hotels. Follow the main road out of town (Side Caddesi) and turn left at Şarmaşık Sokak opposite the otogar (bus station). There is regular dolm…
Ruins in Side

State Agora

These remnants of the state agora sit dramatically beside Side's eastern beach. An interpretive panel shows the two storeys of statues that once decorated the structure.
Ruins in Side


Just east of Side Theatre and across the road from Side museum are these agora remains, which once functioned as the ancient town's slave market.
Ruins in Side

Ancient Latrine

This arresting ancient latrine has two-dozen marble seats.
Ruins in Side

Temple of Tyche

The ruined, circular-shaped Temple of Tyche is dedicated to the goddess of fortune.
Beach in Side


This rather narrow strip of sand and pebbles is a lovely spot for sunbathing and swimming right in town.