If you love holidaying in exotic places that have a rich ancient history but still offer all of the modern amenities that you need to relax, then the resort of Side in Turkey will tick all of your boxes!
Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey just 20km east of the Eurymedon River, Side was first founded by Greek settlers in what is thought to be the 7th Century BC and is home to many incredible ancient ruins that spread throughout the area. One of the most impressive pieces of ancient architecture is the huge Amphitheatre that has been standing since the second century AD and could seat 17,000 people! This awe-inspiring creation was designed using the unique Roman style and offers fantastic views of the surrounding ruins once you have climbed to the top! Another great piece of ancient architecture is the Temple of Apollo. Although most of it is no longer present, it still worth a visit and is great for boosting the romance in the air thanks to it’s stunning location over looking the sea. If you love artifacts then make sure that you pay a visit to Side Museum. Here you will find a fascinating selection of ancient pieces of interest including burial pits and sarcophagi.
The area around Side is stunningly beautiful and offers many opportunities for those who like to keep active, including a hike across the Taurus Mountains. Due to their size and height (up to 12,000 feet) it’s not recommended that you try and conquer the whole range but they do offer fantastic views of the area as well as the snow covered mountain tops once you get high enough. This makes for a great adventure for only the fittest of us!
If you just want to chill out under the hot sun and relax on a beach, no problem, as Side offers easy access to a couple of beautiful beaches. Western Beach is popular for families with children and water sport enthusiasts as the sea slopes gently into the calm waters, where as the water at Eastern Beach gets deep very quickly and has a rocky bed, but this beach is quieter and perfect for those just wanting to catch some rays!
If a holiday to explore the ancient city of Side takes your fancy, contact us here at Sunmaster and we will be happy to help! Remember, our cheap turkey holidays are individually tailored to suit your needs and are perfect for groups of friends, families or individuals! Call us now to speak to one of our experienced holiday advisers and find out more!