Excursions from Side

These can be booked through local tour companies at very competitive rates.

Antalya   With its wide palm lined boulevards, an internationally acclaimed marina, the historical old quarter as well as a wide selection of shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, Antalya is one of Turkeys most beautiful cities and is a major tourist centre. The historical centre of the city, known as Kaleici, is now a major tourist attraction and the original Roman harbour is now considered to be one of the loveliest marinas in Turkey and is a great place to sit and enjoy a lunch time beer. The old city walls, lit up at night, give an atmosphere of timelessness and serenity and must not be missed. Behind the city loom the Taurus Mountains and towards the East rise a dramatic expanse of cliffs with waterfalls tumbling down to the sea.Antalya has a great variety of restaurants, bars and a good selection of furniture and home leisure shops. Antalya is the main international airport in Southern Turkey.         

        Antalya  Perge

An important city of ancient Pamphylia, Perge is situated 18 kilometres from Antalya and was originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC, St Paul preached his first sermons here. Most of today's Perge belongs to the Roman Period and anyone interested in history will love to explore the long colonnaded street, once paved with marble and lined with shops, the agora, the stadium, the public baths and the amphitheatre.

25 miles east of Antalya is Aspendos, an amphitheatre that rivals any other single construction on the Turkish coast. Built in the 2nd century and seating 15000 people, the theatre is still 95% complete. The theatre has amazing acoustics and during the summer months concerts are held here - listening to an opera or a musical in such an ancient setting is an evening not to be missed.


Taurus Mountains and White Water Rafting
Only 30 minute drive from Side, turn off towards Beskonak and you start to travel up into the spectacular scenery of the Taurus Mountains. Visit the stunning Köprülü Canyon and join in an experience never to be forgotten - rafting down the white rapids through the astoundingly beautiful canyon. Truly a day out for the adventurous but an experience you will never forget.
Toros Mountains  Rafting


Only 1 hour from Side is one of the largest Aquaparks in the area. This is a great day out for all the family with a vast choice of pools and water slides to discover and enjoy. To make the day even more memorable, see the dolphin and sealion show and why not take the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.


Manavagat Waterfalls And River Boat Tours
Just 10 minutes drive from Side is the local town of Manavgat where you can practise your haggling skills to pick up some great bargains in the markets on Mondays and Thursdays. Also from here you can take boat trips along the emerald green waters of the Manavgat River to the stunning Manavgat waterfalls or to the sea. Cruising along the river under the blue skies with views over open countryside top the mountains....a day out not to be missed. 

     Manavgat Waterfalls        Manavgat River and Boat Trips


Selukia and the Olympinar Dam
Follow the road inland from Manavgat and you come to the steep winding road up to the ruins of the ancient city of Seleukia. Set high up on the top of a hill, with spectacular views down to the coast, spend half a day exploring in the footsteps of your ancestors.

After Seleukia, follow the road to visit the hydro electric dam that produces the electricity for the region. The 2nd largest dam in Turkey, it took 20 years to build and 85 men died during the construction. From the top, there are amazing views of the lake on one side and the valley on the other. These two sites are off the normal tourist trail but are well worth a visit for a memorable day out.   

                                 Olympinar Dam


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