Side (pronounced See-deh), on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, is well worth a visit. Its name is derived from the ancient Roman city of Side. Once a sleepy village, it’s now buzzing with tourists for most of the year except winter. Apart from the fascinating Hellenistic and Roman ruins, there are white sandy beaches lined with bars and restaurants and a variety of lodgings, from homely bed and breakfast accommodation to the bigger luxury hotels. There’s something to suit every budget. If you like sightseeing, the best time to wander around the ruins would be spring or autumn, when it’s not too hot. Summer is very busy with local tourists at the weekend so it’s best to avoid the beaches at these times.
The nearest airport to Side is the international airport belonging to Antalya, one of Turkey’s largest cities and the tourism capital. The airport is located on the east side of Antalya. The city lies 55 km (35 miles) to the west of Side. It has several large shopping malls, beaches, the old city with Hadrian’s gate and beautiful waterfalls. The airport is very modern with lots of shops, exchange offices, banks, restaurants and cafes. There are lots of economical flight deals from the UK and Europe to Antalya. Some flights are direct while others go via Istanbul. Antalya AYT airport has two international terminals and one domestic terminal to accommodate the millions of foreign and Turkish tourists who flood into Turkey’s southern coast each summer.
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There are buses every hour from Antalya airport costing between for the 1 hour 23 minute journey to Side. The journey is nearly 90 km, stopping at Belek and Serik along the way. But it is best to book a private airport transfer, which is probably the most convenient way (only for 45 €), Vista Transfer has a got a great website to book your transfers www.vistatransfer.com – If you would like to speak to a member of staff, you can call +90 546 497 3905.
It costs 500 Lira (70 Euros) to take a taxi from Antalya airport to Side, which is a distance of around 75km and it takes about an hour to get there. There are taxis at the airport or you can book a taxi with one of these companies: Merkez Taksi, Tel: +90 242 244 06 81, Kaleici Taxi, Tel: +90 242 248 51 11 or Antalya Yıldız Taksi, Tel: +90 242 345 1020.
You can also rent a car. Duration of the trip to Side, depends on your driving speed.
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