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Enjoy golden beaches overlooking the Mediterranean and travel back in time with its Greco-Roman ruins.

Our most recommended things to do in Side

From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

Embark on a fascinating full-day cruise traveling from the Manavgat River in Side to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Stay on the lookout for wild dolphins, admire panoramic views of the coastline, and listen as your guide shares interesting facts about the local marine life. Get picked up conveniently from your hotel and dropped off at the Side pier. Set sail along the Manavgat River before going out to the sea. Watch the river turtles lined up on the banks and pass the shipyards where all the wooden river boats are built. Stop where the river meets the sea to take a dip or a stroll on the beach. After your relaxing break, hop back on board and move on to some of the most scenic stretches along the shoreline as you taste a freshly-prepared lunch. Depending on tidal conditions, sail east or go to the ancient peninsula of Side, with another swimming break on the way. Allow your guide to point out dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable, your captain will take you further east for incredible views while you enjoy a foam party. Alternatively, go in the direction of Alanya and stop at a small, remote island for a walk before returning to Side.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise with this tour from Side. Swim around Karaburun Baym, the Manavgat Bosphorus, and at Dolphin Island. Party with foam and savor a fresh-cooked meal as you sail along the water.  Be collected from your hotel by airconditioned bus and transfer to the sailboat where staff will greet you and ask you which lunch option you would prefer, Depart along the Manavgat River and listen as your guide provides you with facinating commentary.  Listen as a live DJ starts to play and stop for the first swim break. Head to Manavgat Bosphorus, which has the sea on one side and the river on the other. Here, you can rent a Jet-Ski or taste a Gözleme (traditional Turkish food). Be served by the crew a fresh-grilled lunch of chicken or fish which is served with salad and a rice. After enjoying lunch on board, cruise to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break. Start the foam party on the boat.  Continue towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your experience. 

From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

3. From Side Area: Green Lake Jeep and Boat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning by jeep. From that moment on, your adventure will begin.  Once the jeep convoy has gathered, you will drive to the Taurus Mountains, where you will witness breathtaking views of Green Canyon. The convoy will lead you to the villages of Sartlar and Işıklar and your tour guide will explain to you the tradition, culture, and routine life of the locals. As you are driving off-road in the hot weather, you will splash water onto each other - helping you to cool down and have some fun. The next stop will be at a waterfall named Manavgat. Forget your problems as you relax watching the beautiful flow of water. You will move from jeep to boat as you go sailing on Green Lake. This is a great tour for those who want to escape the city noise. You will also have the possibility to go swimming in the Lake as well.

From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

4. From Side: Green Canyon Boat Trip

Enjoy a memorable full-day excursion into the heart of nature. The day begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a ride by bus to the Green Canyon. Journey by boat on an 8.5-mile (14 km) Grand Canyon tour and a 2-mile (3 km) long Little Canyon tour. You will make stops to swim along the way. Admire the lush surroundings of the Green Canyon as you sail along the emerald green lake. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rare brown fish owl! After exploring the Green Canyon, you will be able to enjoy a swimming break in the sparkling waters of the lake. Continue the cruise across the canyon before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant with views over the lake. Well rested and well fed you will be ready to discover the other part of the Canyon. Enjoy spectacular views of the stunning mountain range and woodlands around you. Stop one more time to swim before the return ride to your hotel.

From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

5. From Side: Whitewater Rafting in Koprulu Canyon

Get picked up from your hotel in Side and enjoy a transfer to the activity starting point in an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and listen to a quick safety briefing before your adventure begins. Now its time to enjoy a wonderful river rafting activity along Turkey's stunning Köprüçay River. Admire panoramic views of the Taurus Mountains as you pass through the natural beauty of the Koprulu Canyon. Challenge yourself as you battle against white water waves, holes and drops. Enjoy getting wet as you splash through the rapids and stop for lunch at the riverside before continuing down the river.

Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

6. Side: Turkish Bath and Spa Experience with Massage

Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Side then travel to a nearby Turkish bath where an incredibly relaxing experience awaits. Upon arrival, head to the sauna for a rest followed by a trip to the salt room. Stop by the steam room next and allow your troubles to melt away before taking a dip in the bubbling jacuzzi. Once you’re feeling suitably relaxed, it’s time for your first massage. Enjoy a 20 minute full body foam and peeling massage to refresh the skin. After your massage, a face mask is applied and you’ve got some free time to relax before your full body oil massage. At the end of a truly magical experience, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation.

From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

7. From Antalya: Perge, Side, Aspendos & Waterfalls Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Antalya on this day trip and travel in an airconditioned bus to the sites of the ancient cites of Perge, Aspendos, and Side. Travel into the Kursunlu Falls National Park and swim in the pool of the Kursunlu Waterfall.  Board a spacious and comfortable outside your hotel and relax on the drive to Perge, an impressive archaeological site containing a wealth of ancient ruins that date back to the Roman period. Imagine the past as you see a gigantic amphitheater, stadium, Roman gates, city walls, and Roman baths. Walk through the 500-meter-long main street with numerous columns, fountains, and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age.   Continue on to Aspendos, situated on the banks of the Köprüçay River. Once one of the most important cities in Pamphylia, Aspendos is now a very popular tourist sight famous for its excellently-preserved Roman amphitheater built in 155 AD.  Walk up the amphitheater's tiered steps and admire the beauty of its galleries, which are still in use today. Stop to refill with a delicious lunch before making your way to the ruins of Side, which span the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.  Admire its fountains, city walls, agora, amphitheater, and marble columns. Take in stunning views over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the the temple of Apollo.   On the way back to Antalya, enjoy a relaxing soak after a long day of exploring in the Kursunlu Waterfalls. Enjoy the green environment, fresh air, pine scent, cool atmosphere, and spectacular falls.

Side: Buggy Safari Tour

8. Side: Buggy Safari Tour

Venture out on this buggy safari tour that begins in Koprulu Canyon National Park. After receiving a quick briefing on buggy bikes, enjoy a 10-kilometer drive along the river. Marvel at the the gorgeous natural surroundings of the park, and, about halfway through the expedition, take a short swim break before continuing the final 10 kilometers of the buggy tour. When you arrive back at the facility, check out the photos that your guide has taken during your adventure. When the day is done, enjoy a drop-off back at your hotel in an air-conditioned bus.

From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

9. From Side: Jeep Safari Adventure and Boat Trip with Lunch

Take a journey from Side and learn about traditional Turkish culture. Drive around some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Southern Mediterranean area of Turkey. Travel on and off-road on a Jeep, and cross rivers in your vehicle. Try local Turkish foods and teas, and take in an Islamic mosque. Start your tour by boarding your Jeep. Next, meet up with your group and drive as a fleet across rivers, rough roads, and along the mountains. Stop for lunch and tea at a local Turkish town. Once you’re refreshed, continue to the Oymapınar Dam, a stunning arch dam on the Manavgat River. Use this view as a prologue to your next views at Green Lake, a beautiful place to swim. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy a snack at a restaurant near the lake before getting ready to head back in your Jeep. Before you get back to Side, take a quick stop at a mosque to see where the Islamic religion lives. After, relax on your return journey with drop-off at your hotel.

Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

10. Side: Boat Lunch Cruise on Manavgat River and Bazaar Visit

Begin your fantastic day trip by being picked up from your hotel in the city. Board the boat and start your trip down the Manavgat River. Swim in clear waters at the beach between the sea and the river and savor a tasty lunch. Make an optional stop at the magnificent Manavgat Waterfalls and have 20-30 minutes to explore this stunning area. Head to the public bazaar and enjoy the exquisite smells, brightly colored stalls, and bustling atmosphere for 2 hours. If you choose to skip the waterfall, then head to the public bazaar and enjoy around 3 hours of free time to look around.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4,008 reviews

Great experience! I booked rafting with my partner and loved it. Our guide Hasan was just great, the Tarzan of rafting. The other guides also made a professional impression. From the transfer back to the hotel, everything went great, the transfer journey is a bit adventurous, as there are other rules that should be taken into account. On site you will then be divided into different linguistic groups for the briefing. You should also note that there may still be costs on site for water shoes (if no closed shoes are available) or cell phone protection and the like. Drinks are also chargeable. Lunch is included in your booking. You can also book other activities in addition to rafting, but you have to be aware that you have to wait for the others because you are traveling in a group. In our case we were able to return to the starting point and pass the time wonderfully there

It was a really nice tour. From picking us up to driving home, everything worked wonderfully. We saw turtles and dolphins. The swimming breaks were in really beautiful places. You can take photos with the parrot Coco. A picture 3 € the picture on a beautiful glass plate 10 €. Definitely a very nice keepsake. We would definitely do the tour again. The crew was really great too. The food tasted good and was plentiful. Drinks at reasonable prices. Only to recommend.

Really good day out, excellent value. Instructors are brilliant the one on one makes it really enjoyable and if you follow a few simple instructions your nerves soon dissappear. Was really impressed at the care they take of you once you are in the water. Great facilities on the boat and a really delicious simple lunch.

Very nice guide and lots of fun. River was not that wild as I, though so, and you can easily go with children. They provide dry bag for your items like mobile or cigarettes. It helps to have wet shoos and wet suit. Water is quite cold. You get chance to swim if you fancy and water is very clean. Very nice launch too.

Well organised with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great location and excellent value for money.