Upon opening to tourism in 1950s, the village of Selimiye was renamed Side, as the Roman city on the site of the village was known in ancient times. Today Side is one of the few sites where you can see Ephesus-like well-protected Roman ruins and modern constructions literally side by side.
Please note: if you are getting the bus from Antalya, you will be dropped off on the main road and a local pick up will take you to the city. Be aware that English women have a very bad reputation locally and if you will say that you are from England, the local men will try to touch you or kiss in the most weird manner, do not be afraid and politely step back, they do not tend to be aggressive. There are police staff patrolling and you can approach them for help or to make a complaint. Manavgat is your first point of entry if you plan to get to Side by bus. If arriving from the Antalya Airport, Havas buses can take you to the Central Otogar for 10TL (many public buses from the airport also serve the otogar, just ask the driver. Cost is 4TL). The otogar is quite large. The bus to side (and other Antalya towns) leave from the building all the way to your left if your back is to the road. Buses to Side leave every 20 minutes from the first platform. From Manavgat, some bus companies offer minibuses to Side from otogar (bus station) free of charge (edit: ask the driver to drop you off at Side. There is a free shuttle that will be waiting for you. Drivers tend to drop the tourists last and demand payment of about 5TL. Politely insist that it is a free shuttle and be on your way) 143T. There are also very frequent minibuses (dolmuş) from downtown Manavgat which should not cost much more than a couple of Turkish liras.If you want to go ftom Antalya you should get on Antalya-Manavgat bus at Antalya Otogar(Bus Terminal). Ticket is 12TL and get off at Side junction(Side Kavsagi). There is a free minibus service that takes people to a parking just beside the historical part of Side.
Side lies 2 km south of main highway (D400) of Mediterranean Turkey, so it's also easy to get there by car.
"Normal return transfer taxi max 3 per."-70 Euro(time 60 min). Airport- "Bus Antalya - Side" by taxi 15 LT/cab ; "Bus Antalya - Side every 20 minutes" 12 Lt/per Side bus station is on cross Kemer blv/Manavgat Cd 36.789843,31.413386 ; dolmuş "Side - Manavgat every 20 minutes" 2 Lt/per. All 2 per. return 86 Lt-30 Euro (time 90-105 min)
You will find taxis everywhere. You are unlikely to have many problems with them, but always agree on a price beforehand. They can do it on the meter, but then they will only take you the long way round. Ask local shopkeepers/bar staff/hotel employees on how much a good price is so you've got a clue.
You can also get a dolmuş (literally means "squashed taxi", just so you know what to expect!), a minibus service that runs along most main roads and past major hotels. If you are traveling far then you will probably have to change, but there should be a direct one to downtown Side. Charging around 3TL, this is the cheapest way to travel. They have stops, but you can ask the driver to stop anywhere on route usually. A cheap fun way of traveling, used by locals and tourists alike, just be prepared to travel in very crowded conditions.
One of the main things you will see everywhere is clothes, clothes & more clothes!
You will find that most shops/stalls have mostly the same range. At first, most, if not all of shopkeepers try to charge a really high price to anyone that asks, and will sell it for that price to anyone who is silly enough to pay it.
Try to haggle as much as possible, if you're not comfortable about it, don't worry, they are! They expect you to haggle. Start by halfing the asked price and then work from there (i.e. if they ask for 75TL, offer 35TL and you will probably get it for 45TL). If you don't like the price just walk out, they will follow you and give you a better price.
The shopkeepers also drag you into their shop, and as the competition is high, they will do what it takes to win you over. Usually sitting you down, giving you tea, etc... But you are not obliged to buy, there is plenty more where they came from!
Buying from outside the main market is much better as it's usually cheaper.
Cinar Garden Apart Hotel ( a cozy family hotel with All Inclusive ) Cinar Garden
Side's telephone code is (+90) 242.