Side is a resort on the Mediterranean coast and is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It is approximately 75kms east of Antalya (one of Turkey`s largest cities) and is located on a small peninsula only 800m in length.With its history dating back to the 6th century B.C., Side had one of the earliest settlements of the Anatolia region. It served as an important harbour during the Hittite period and was a significant commercial town.
I'd love to say that because of it's history, Side is worth a visit, but it has in my opinion been spoilt beyond recognition. Tourism has destroyed this town.
We lived there for three years and watched with despair as it became over-run with apartments, hotels and the worst kind of tourists you can imagine. I mean those people who have just booked a cheap package deal where they don't really care which country they're going to. It could be anywhere. They step off the plane, onto a bus, into their hotel, find their place by the pool and stay there for two weeks...apart from getting drunk every evening...then they fly home, without having seen anything of this beautiful country. The type of tourist who complains to their hotel Reception about the early morning call to prayer from the mosque waking them up...and asking "can you please switch it off?"...yes really!
So I can say in all honesty that Side is one of the few places in Turkey that I really hate.
We had 5 different homes during our 3 years there...why? Because we kept trying to move away from the noise...but we couldn't escape it until finally, with a huge sigh of relief, we left Side for good.