Side Area Guide
Side, pronounced as ‘See-day’, is located approximately 45-minutes east of Antalya’s international airport, passing through Lara and Belek and more or less midway between Antalya and Alanya, thus a great location to explore the whole of the Antalya province.
The old town of Side, often referred to as Antique Side, is set on a peninsula with sandy beaches to either side, surrounded by the ancient city walls that boasts an impressive ancient Hellenistic 15,000 seat theatre that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, the largest in the area, an original Roman Bath house that is now a charming museum, the stunning Temple of Apollo which is popular at sunset and many other old ruins that sit along Side’s vast stretch of coastline.
Side has something for everyone, great beaches, history, an abundance of shops, lively nightlife with clubs set in the old ruins and a good choice of restaurants that offer menus for all tastes from traditional Turkish to an Indian curry.
Property in Side offers more in the way of apartments than villas, for some reason buyers prefer a complex with on-site facilities for the family rather than the privacy of a villa with a private pool, though it is not impossible to buy a villa in Side if that is your preference.
You can buy property in Side right in the heart of the town and close to the beaches; however, you will also see property in Side for sale in nearby Manavgat, home to the stunning fast flowing water falls and the river with lush natural surroundings, and these Side properties for sale can offer excellent value for money compared to the resort properties, though they will still have easy access to the beaches and the resort centre along with a short drive to Belek if you are one to enjoy a few rounds of golf and all have the huge advantage of being accessible all year-round as Antalya airport is the only southern Turkish airport with guaranteed international flights for 12-months of the year.
If you like to get out and about, rather than just lazing on the beach, Side offer a range of great organised tours from daily boat trips, jeep safaris, off-road quad or buggy safaris, river cruises, and a must on arrival into Side is a Turkish Bath to ensure that your holiday tan stays golden for longer.