torsos in the
Side (SEE-deh) was
once idyllic, a traditional Turkish Mediterranean village
amid marble Roman ruins
on 2 km (1.2 miles) of unspoiled
beach just an hour (65 km, 40
miles) east of Antalya or
west of Alanya (map).
Tourism arrived with
a vengeance in the 1980s, however,
and although Side is still nice, it
is now crowded in warm weather.
Both Turks and foreigners come for
the perfect white sand beaches,
the seaside restaurants and bars, the variety
of lodgings (from cheap little
pensions to luxury hotels), and the
impressive Hellenistic and Roman ruins.
The best times to enjoy Side
are late April, May, early June and
October. If you must come in high summer, avoid
weekends, when half of Ankara roars
down to Side for a swim.
Car, bus and minibus are
the ways to get here. Buses and minibuses
come from Antalya and Alanya. The nearest airport is Antalya's,
55 km (34 miles) west of Side.
Here's how to find the hotel, apartment/flat or villa you'd like in Side:
Distances & Travel Times
km (39 miles) E, 1 hour
km (123 miles) SE, 3.75 hours
km (382 miles) NE, 9 hours
km (40 miles) W, 1 hour
km (23 miles) NW, 40 minutes
km (491 miles) NW, 13 hours
km (186 miles) NE, 5 hours
km (90 miles) SW, 3 hours
km (36 miles) W, 1 hour
(Altınkaya): 83 km (52
miles) N, 2 hours
—by Tom Brosnahan
twin Temples of Apollo and
Athena, where Anthony met
Cleopatra for a romantic tryst.
|The great Hellenistic