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The star attraction of Turkey's southern Mediterranean coastline, the seaside town of Side draws big crowds with a blend of well-preserved ancient ruins and modern construction, often side by side. Packed with restaurants and souvenir shops, the city thrives because of foreign travelers, lured by the region's rich history and cultural heritage. Occupied by Alexander the Great in 333 BCE, the coastal town long flourished as the center of Greek culture. Two centuries later Side came under Roman control, quickly becoming a major hub for the olive oil trade. Elements of both of these ancient cultures remain highly visible in and around the city, including the remains of a large amphitheater and a temple dedicated to Apollo. Side is in Manavgat. Use our Turkey trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Side and any other destinations in Turkey that take your fancy.

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The coastal town of Side draws tourists with its immaculate beaches and proximity to prime attractions. The bulk of visitors retreat to four-star, all-inclusive resorts along the coast, which offer relief from the daytime crowds. If that's not quite your price point, opt to stay in one of the many mid-range hotels along the beach, or in the thick of it on the cape of the coast, where many budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses are available.
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