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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, …
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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…
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Side Museum

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


Side's mosque sits amid the old town's hullabaloo of souvenir shops, restaurants and ruins.
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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…
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Temple of Tyche

The ruined, circular-shaped Temple of Tyche is dedicated to the goddess of fortune.
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Ancient Latrine

This arresting ancient latrine has two-dozen marble seats.
Ruin 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.
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Entrance to Old Town

This gate marks the entrance into Side old-town area.
Beach in Side


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