Trip Tips: Ancient Side beckons on Turkey's Mediterranean

Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:47am EDT
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By Nina Chestney

SIDE Turkey (Reuters) - After thousands of years of settlement by newcomers ranging from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians to pirates, Arabs and Jews, the town of Side on the Turkish Mediterranean coast is used to visitors.

Side (pronounced "see day") is on Turkey's southeast coast, around 70 km (40 miles) from the city of Antalya, a popular, developed tourist resort.

A peninsula just 1 km long and 400 m (yards) wide, Side is one of the most famous classical sites in Turkey.

It is believed to have been founded by Greek settlers in the 7th century BC and its harbor and geography made it an attractive trade center for other occupiers, including Alexander the Great, Sicilian pirates and the Romans.

In the 7th century AD, Arabs raided and burned Side, beginning its slow decline. Then in 1895, Turkish Muslim refugees from Crete arrived and the revival began.

Here are tips for getting the most out of the Side area from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.

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People watch the popular German entertainment show 'Wetten Dass...?' ('Bet it...?') hosted by Thomas Gottschalk at the ancient Roman amphitheatre of Aspendos near the Turkish Mediterranean resort city of Antalya in this May 15, 2005 file photograph.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas/Files