Side (Greek: Σίδη Side, Turkish: Side) was an ancient Greek
city in Anatolia, in the region of Pamphylia, in what is now
Antalya province, on the southern Mediterranean coast of
Turkey. It is now a resort town and one of the best-known
classical sites in Turkey, near Manavgat and the village of
Selimiye, 75 km from Antalya) in the province of Antalya.
Strabo and Arrian both record that Side was founded by Greek settlers from Cyme in Aeolis, a region of western Anatolia. This most likely occurred in the 7th century BC. Possessing a good harbour for small-craft boats, Side's natural geography made it one of the most important places in Pamphylia and one of the most important trade centres in the region.
The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. During medieval times, the wall and moat were repaired and the promontory houses a wealth of structures.
There are colossal ruins of a theatre complex, the largest of Pamphylia, built much like a Roman amphitheatre that relies on arches to support the sheer verticals.
In 1895 Turkish Muslim refugees from Crete moved to the ruined town and called it Selimiye. Today, Side has become a popular holiday destination and experiences a new revival.
It was a popular spot for watching the solar eclipse of March 29, 2006.
Having been the Bishopric of Eastern Pamphylia, it is still a titular see of the Roman Catholic church.
It is located on the eastern part of the Pamphylian coast, which lies about 20 km east of the mouth of the Eurymedon River. Today, as in antiquity, the ancient city is situated on a small north-south peninsula about 1 km long and 400 m across.
Places of interest around Side ;
- Köprülü Canyon - in the middle of a forested national park; the canyon is popular for river-rafting.
- The antique cities of: Side, with its theatre and port.
- Seleucia (Pamphylia) - visited by Alexander the Great
- Selge, Manavgat Waterfall, and another smaller waterfall on the river.
- Oymapinar Dam
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List of the excursions - tours in Side - Turkey ; Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kursunlu - Aspendos - Side ( Kas tour ), Demre - Myra - Kekova sunken city, Anamur ( Anamourium ), Termessos, Antalya city tour, yacht trip, scuba diving, turkish bath, turkish night - evening event, sapadere canyon, mountain 4x4 jeep safari, atv quad bike safari, horse riding safari, white water river rafting, paragliding, parasailing, dim river picnic, green canyon tour, manavgat river boat and bazaar, village tour, Tahtali Mountain cable way, Gazipasa, river fishing, sea fishing, hunting and stalking, aquapark - water park, dolphin park - dolphin show, dolphin swimming, Aspendos concert and opera show, trekking, hiking, Taurus Mountain tour
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