Top things to do

Top Choice Ruins in Side

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, …
Top Choice Turkish in Side


With excellent service and a huge menu of tasty Turkish grills, mezes, seafood, stews and vegetarian dishes, Ocakbaşı has been a popular dinner spot since 1986. The restaurant atmospherically overlooks a spotlit 2nd…
Bar in Side


Right beside the Temples of Apollo and Athena, Side's oldest bar remains its most popular local hang-out, deriving much character from its Bavarian-cottage-like appearance. It does decent food (burgers ₺15) and clas…
International in Side

Soundwaves Restaurant

This long-running Side eatery has a friendly and relaxed vibe. A small, focused menu is delivered by an experienced chef and there are regular seafood specials. Ask if the swordfish kebaps are available, and kick of…
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…
International in Side


This slick, cosmopolitan bar-restaurant has an unbeatable garden fronting iridescent blue ocean (lit by submerged turquoise lights). The emphasis here is on meat, and the international menu jumps between Cajun chick…
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.
Sandwiches in Side

Balık & Köfte Ekmek

Bobbing away gently in Side's sheltered harbour, this converted fishing boat serves up good-value fish and köfte (meatball) sandwiches. Meze platters and fish soup of the day are also available. In a tourist town wi…
Bar in Side

Stones Bar

The biker theme here extends beyond the Easy Rider posters, old bikes and mopeds to an outdoor fireplace and empty Jack Daniel's bottles used as candlesticks. The spectacular waterfront views from the outside terrac…
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…